by Steve Jones

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Outsiders LGBT (6 of 9)
Series: The Outsiders
Steve Jones
Hebrews 13:11-14

Introduction: On 6.22.15, on Yahoo News, was a blog entitled ''Yes, You're a Racist, and a Traitor'' in which the author wrote the following: ''While I was out jogging this morning, I passed a neighbor's house that I have passed every day for almost three years. Usually I stroll right on by without giving it a second thought. Today, though... today was different. I stopped in my tracks and blankly stared until a car honked at me to move out of the way. This house flies a Confederate flag. I don't live in South Carolina or even Maryland. I live in a small town in Central Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Gettysburg - the site of the most famous victory of the Civil War. Yet even here, a few hundred feet from my door flies the unambiguous symbol of hatred, racism and treason.''

Now my point here is not about the rights or wrongs of the Confederate flag issue. My point is that what many people associate with the confederate flag is racism and what many people assume, rightly or wrongly, is that if you wear confederate flag clothing, put it on your vehicle or fly it in your yard, then you are a racist and a bigot.

What if that were true of the symbol of the cross? What if most people came to associate the cross of Jesus Christ with hatred and bigotry instead of love and grace. What if when people saw you driving to church on Sunday morning or displaying a fish symbol on your car or wearing a cross around your neck or reading a Bible on your lunch break they automatically profiled you as a hater and a bigot on the same level as a racist white supremacist skinhead?

LGBT stands for ''Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender.'' By now, I'm sure everyone knows that and what those words mean. LGBT activists have become increasingly effective at branding the church or defining the church as bigots and haters.

Barna Study: A 2007 study by The Barna Group conducted among 16- to 29-year-olds ...

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