We’ve launched the God Has a Better Way website in preparation for the event in Uptown Charlotte on July 25th. Backlash has already come in via Jeremy Hooper of Good As You. This is what he had to say this morning regarding the event on his blog:
Pride & Prejudice
On July 25th, Charlotte, NC, will hold its annual gay pride parade. So what are the good Christians who simply want religious freedom and nothing more (ha!) doing in protest of the event? Well, check this out:
JOIN US FOR A HISTORIC RALLY IN UPTOWN CHARLOTTE ON JULY 25TH!
GOD HAS A BETTER WAY!
This rally is a Spirit-birthed response to Charlotte’s annual gay pride event. More than one thousand believers will be gathering to worship the Lord, intercede in prayer, and proclaim that “God Has a Better Way”! Nothing like this has ever been done in conjunction with a gay pride event in any city before, and those who join together on this day will be part of history in the making.
Everyone can be involved! If you love Jesus and are walking with Him, then you qualify. We need worshipers, intercessors, musicians, soul-winners, walkers, talkers, and believers of every age, color, and size to stand together as a prophetic witness to our society. Everything we do will be law-abiding, safe, and honoring to the Lord in spirit and in word.
“God Has A Better Way”
Yes, that’s right: Because, apparently, gay is “anti-God” and every last pride parade attendee is in need of a “better way” to conduct their own affairs, a group of self-appointed moral authoritarians are taking time out of their day to do little more than pester LGBT attendees. If “live and let live” were a concept in need of a suitable antonym, then this event would be it.
But, of course: You have to “love Jesus” in order to be involved. You can’t just be in like with the son. You can’t be anti-gay yet agnostic. And you CERTAINLY can’t be involved in a faith that doesn’t accept Jesus as the messiah. Because in this myopic world of anti-gay evangelism, “everyone can be involved” can and will be followed by “if you love Jesus” without either irony or concern for the narrow purview that this blinder-wearing mindset places on the world and its people.
Oh, God. Please show your most vocal that there truly is a “better way.” Because honestly, dude — these nonstop attacks are making there way look nothing short of “bitter.”
**SEE ALSO: The event’s Facebook page (where please, by all means, go leave your own plans to NOT attend) includes this comment:
“Wash the gay away”? What sort of loofah do you use for that?
Here are a few comments that have come in on the facebook event page since this post went up:
What an ugly event. You should all be ashamed. Just more people who use their interpretation of faith to mask what is nothing more than personal prejudice and fear of people who are different. Silly people. Being gay is a natural normal beautiful variation. Why else would they get excited about parts of the Bible which support their bigotry but blatantly ignore the parts which go against all human decency: slavery, genocide, executing people for trivial matters, etc. When it comes to the Bible, these people surely know how to use it as a weapon. Fred Phelps would be proud of them and surely welcome them in to his Westboro Baptist Church. This immoral, supremacist, deceitful event is not in any way about faith. It’s about arrogance, pride, scapegoating and supremacist ideology. Get used to keeping company with other marginalized religious extremists in America ranting about the coming race wars, oops, in your case it would be sexuality wars, right? (rolling my eyes)
What a wonderfully transparent display of hate and misinformation. Keep it up so everyone can see how very non-christ-like you all are.
Since when did ‘God’ become the opposite of ‘Gay’? I promise to “love [my] neighbor” instead of hate everyone that doesn’t prescribe to a narrow interpitation of the world; perhaps you could do the same.
If you have a moment and believe in this event, please go to the facebook event page we’ve set up and either mark as “Attending” if you know you can come, “Maybe Attending” if you think you might be able to make it, or write on the wall in support of what we’re doing. Our friends in the LGBT community think we’re filled with bigotry and hate. Let’s overcome their wrong assumptions and judgments with the love of God!
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