Whether it is the American Family Association, the Family Research Center, the Christian Broadcast Network, or the Christian perspectives writer for San Jose, the necessity to remain “Christ like” is vitally important when dealing with worldly perspectives that conflict with Christian values.
Opposition to Christian values won’t come as a surprise to seasoned veterans of the spiritual battle that exists between the forces of darkness and those of the light. However innocent people need to be left alone and not marginalized simply because one may not agree or understand a particular lifestyle.
Real champions of the Christian walk are dismayed and disheartened when those claiming to be Christian believers do things that do not advance the kingdom of God. Saints should be horrified when those as the Westboro Baptist Church wave signs denigrating gays with condemnation of homosexuals going to hell and appear glad the gays are going.
There may not be demonstrations of blatant meanness as terrible as what Westboro does, however Christian organizations as the AFA, FRC, CBN, and other groups should take inventory of the tactics used when conveying the values of Christ. Disagreeing and not demonizing is something Christian organizations should be careful conveying.
One example that two Christian organizations may be quite guilty of false accusation takes us to Florence High School in Colorado where a transgender student was accused of harassing females in the girl’s restroom. The story was parroted by this writer who picked up the article for a Christian examiner.com blog for San Jose.
Not fact checking the Pacific Justice Institute and the Christian Broadcast Network put this writer in a position to pass on bad information and falsely accuse a young teen. Never mind posturing about sexual morality, God also has a law against generating false witness against a neighbor. To my consternation and correction, bringing unwanted attention this teen did not lift up the Name of Christ.
The following letter was sent to CBN comments section of their original story:
Having the proper "Christian" attitude needs to be revisited by CBN and all of those claiming to be a child of God. Even "Saul" thought he was doing God's work when he persecuted Christians, had them arrested, thrown into prison, and even approved of the killing of Christians.
Does CBN want to have the same reputation as Westboro Baptist Church? Unfortunately too much Pharisee has been the make-up of many Christians concerning subjects as homosexuality and transgenders. This story picked up by CBN was a disservice to the cause of Christ, a slam against transgenders in general, and a grossly exaggerated innuendo that impacted a transgender teen at Florence High School in Colorado.
I am the Christian perspectives writer for San Jose that picked up the story from CBN whom I was over confident that the story was true, because after all, it was CBN. I set aside fact checking because I put too much emphasis that CBN would have credibility. I was dead wrong, and so was CBN. I posted a retraction but the damage was already done as the story has taken on a life of its own and according to one commentator that took me to task in the
comments section, international.
CBN needs to print a retraction of its transgender story. It is not worth it to continue
legitimacy to a lie that could do harm to an innocent teen whose only guilt is being born. Both CBN and myself were deceived and the next task is to confess, ask for forgiveness, and seek redemption as 1 John 1:9 declares. God hates it when false testimony is given and according
to Proverbs 6:16-18 we better clean up our acts.
The letter remained on CBN’s website until it was removed because the letter violated CBN’s comment rules for the website. One could label the action political, but criticism directed at CBN is not the purpose of the letters’ section.
As a non-conformist, allowing protocol to supersede what is right has never been a valid excuse. Having an orthodox nature just was not part of the personality either. Both CBN and PJI will need to address what was done, not only because it is the right thing to do, but those subscribing to Christian values should have nothing to do with character assassination of anyone, even if they disagree with the person.
Hopefully no damage or consequences were suffered by the transgender teen in Colorado. In a comment section of the original article published last Friday on October 11th, a friend of the transgender teen wrote that she was “an awesome person”.
That is all that should really matter.