Warning: This post contains material of a religious nature. If you are unable to handle this topic stop reading now.
In the past, I’ve been cautioned about writing about religion. However, I am not the one who started down this path. When a candidate running for President brings it up it needs to be addressed.
Recently Pete Buttigieg made some interesting judgments during the climate change town halls on CNN. Tucker Carlson brought up a great point on hypocrisy. That is what the whole “Do not judge..” thing addresses. People often confuse this with simply not judging. However, later we are told to “judge correctly.” The whole “Do not judge” message from Jesus is about judging in a hypocritical way. We should always avoid that but it doesn’t mean we cannot make a correct judgment.
Here is a link to the video from Tucker Carlson so you can understand what we are talking about.
Hmm, for a liberal gay man to say “If you believe God is watching….” makes my head spin. Pete says he is a Christian, Episcopalian to be precise. Jesus said “Do not judge so that you will not be judged…. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Tucker makes a good point about the hypocrisy of Pete flying private jets while preaching on climate change. Frankly, I thought Tucker was heading towards the issue of being openly gay and then preaching to us. Again, not busting him for being gay, just wondering how he feels compelled to then preach to us by involking “God is watching”.
How does Pete arrive at what God thinks of as sin? I have no clue! It is certainly not from the Bible. If one would argue his basis is the Bible then does he miss the parts about homosexuality? I’m not condemning gays. At the same time do not cherry-pick parts of Christian teaching you like and throw out others.
So, if Pete believes God is watching (his words, not mine) then does he realize the God is watching him? I wonder. Again, not busting on any particular sin but that is like the pot calling the kettle black. We are all sinners and all sin separates us from God according to the Bible. So, I advise Pete to simply skip the sermon and get to the point. If he wants to really improve things relating to air pollution, and we all should, then he needs to talk to China, Russia, India and many others who can really make a difference. Oh, and stop flying on private jets! He is not even polling at 5%.
Frankly, I never understood the various stances on sexual lifestyles now promoted by liberal churches, in this case, Episcopal. Maybe someone can comment on that.