I recently had some very interesting (and enlightening!) interaction with a man named Josh on my AskDrBrown Facebook page. He posted a comment responding to my article called The Day of Silencing. (The article talked about the gay activist Day of Silence in our children’s schools -- April 20th this year -- and explained how opposing views were silenced.)
Here’s the dialog between Josh and me (his wife, Jessica, also had a lot of things to say -- with plenty of exclamation points! -- but I want to focus on Josh, since his comments were so revealing):
Josh: Dr. Brown, you are a bigot. No one shall judge, but God. So, take your holier than thou attitude and go elsewhere.
MLB: Josh, please explain how I am a bigot. And also, do you submit to God's standards and judgments? Thanks for your response.
MLB: Also, Josh, this is my own FB page. Where would you like me to go?
Josh: You are a bigot for judging others and trying to say what is right and what is wrong with personal choices. In the end only God will determine who was right and who was wrong. You can't deny equal rights in a country built on freedom of speech and choice.
MLB: Josh, aren't you judging me? By your definition, doesn't that make you a bigot? And if I simply state what Scripture states, how am I being a bigot? And if our country is built on freedom of speech, why are you trying to deny me my rights to freedom of speech? These are serious questions.
Josh: You sound like a cheaper version of Jerry Springer. People like you is why this country is a-- backwards. Enjoy your ignorant life.
MLB: Josh, you have made yourself entirely clear. You engage in name-calling and ugly accusations, but you have no substance to support your view. I pray that you will read God's Word, get to know Him personally, and experience His transforming love. And I do hope you will recognize the emptiness of your responses and instead base your views on truth. (Also, if you want to post here again, please refrain from using words that many of us consider to be profanity.)
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If you stand up for what’s right, you’ll run into these kinds of verbal attacks, and often asking simple questions is a good way to reveal the bankruptcy of the opposing position. Truth has nothing to fear (2 Corinthians 13:8). Let’s do what is right and speak what is right and stand up for what is right and so be faithful witnesses for the Lord. And let’s pray for folks like Josh (and his wife Jessica), for moral and spiritual clarity and a real encounter with the Truth Himself.