There have been a fair few instances in the UK recently of Christians being denied things. Denied the right to practice marriage counselling if their beliefs interfere with their ability to actually do the job, denied the right to run a B&B if their beliefs interfere with the law stating that all people are equal, and more recently, denied the right to foster children because their beliefs interfere with the rights of vulnerable children to not be prejudiced against.
Over on my Facebook page, a deeply religious friend argued that it was a wrong decision because the children they are likely to foster would be too young to have any form of sexuality. I happen to disagree, but I’ll get to that shortly. The wider picture that I’m particularly interested in is the notion that many Christians I know feel that they are able to pick and choose sections from the Bible that are good and bad and act on those, rather than take it as a whole.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather a Christian with a Humanist conscience than a Christian Fundamentalist, but I still find it curious when conscience and the Bible disagree, how a good Christian decides what the right thing to do is. For example, Christians rarely partake in human sacrifice, force women to be sex slaves, or avoid the mixing of different types of material. We live in an enlightened age now and conscience (or practicality in the case of mixing fibres) takes precedence over something that was written thousands of years ago. How is it that some beliefs erode over time, like these, but others like prejudice against the LGBT community remain intact?
Regarding sexuality, I was born straight, I didn’t have a choice. My massive crush on Andi Peters as a child pretty much confirmed that. I never had to hide my crush on him, or go through my teenage years wondering what was wrong with me – I did anyway, but not because of Andi Peters – and as an adult I don’t have to deal with anywhere near as much vitriol as my gay friends do, not even close. It is exhausting to my brain that we need to legislate equality because some people are unable to work it out for themselves. They’ve worked out that a bunch of other stuff in the bible doesn’t need to be enforced, why can’t they go one step further?