Amused by such thinking
It’s often been said that it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. I believe it’s a paraphrase of one of Solomon’s proverbs, which makes the irony of this church pastor all the more sardonic.
During his sermon at the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, Pastor Charles Worley said he figured out a way to “get rid of all the lesbians and queers. Build a great big, large fence – 100 miles long – put all the lesbians in there, fly over and drop some food,” Worley said during his May 13 sermon. “Do the same thing with the queers and homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and in a few years they will die out.” Worley went out to say that gays and lesbians will die off because “they can’t reproduce.”
Though gays and lesbians have an unnatural sexual affection for members of their own gender, they still have the same God given sexual apparatus. Assuming that said apparatus is just as functional as that of any heterosexual, they may still reproduce as many other human beings as they please. Not only that but mating homosexuals could not be expected to consistently produce more homosexuals any more than the obvious history of heterosexuals producing after their kind. Homosexuality is essentially a spiritual deviancy, in my opinion, not a biological abnormality. For Mr. Worley to say, “they can’t reproduce” is to remove all doubt of his foolishness.
It’s funny to discover Mr. Worley, a church pastor, tilting at windmills by herding his wretched homosexuals into some internment camp to get them out of the way and fugetaboutit. Who knows but what they might stealthily undermine all that is sacred of our way of life. What a great idea. But it does seem as if we’ve tried it before.
He does preach to the choir, as the idiom goes, precisely because Mr. Worley and a multitude of pastors like him have a convenient audience who give their tacit approval by their attendance to his droning demagoguery. Without that “choir” none of this would have been a news story, and he would’ve been just another nut case among the din of opinions in the world. But this is the nature of imitational church, as the same man or woman preaches Sunday after Sunday to a congregation who sits quietly and listens offering no hint of their own opinions let alone disagreement and finally leaving the event telling each other what a good sermon it was while not able to quote a salient point or scripture reference. If there happened to be any homosexuals among his congregants that day I’m sure they felt an urge to be among the first to volunteer to live in his little slice of heaven. Yes, Jesus might have been proud.
Taking any of this sort of thing seriously is an amusing schadenfreude. One day Mr. Worley and his congregation will discover what sin is, and I pity them. His simplistic solution to homosexuality is funny, but their discovery of the enveloping evil behind it will be far from it. Groping in the darkness of evil as he does he completely misses the real enemy. Evil isn’t a person. It’s a huge farce to imagine that taking on people will in any way reduce the extent of evil as Mr. Worley would be suggesting by having gays and lesbians “die off”. On one occasion Jesus demonstrated His treatment of the issue vividly in Matthew 8:28-32. What did Jesus’ death on the cross do? It seems Worley hasn’t really delved into that question. He’s forgotten to examine the proverbial log in his own eye before removing the mote in the eyes of others. He himself is not so stainless or untouched by darkness.