I am prejudiced, but aren’t we all, to a greater or lesser degree?
What a person thinks or believes on any matter, is not important to others, if their views or beliefs have not been expressed. What matters is that, in all things, in all ways and at all times, we strive to be equitable, always equally open and accepting of anyone and everyone, without distinction.
A question often asked of Christians, is whether or not they think homosexuality is sin. If I were to be asked such a question, should my answer not be along the following lines?: ‘With respect, what is more important to you, is not what I think or believe in relation to this question, but what you think or believe.’ To say otherwise is to be judgmental or partial – for me, that would be sin! For me, the same should be the answer for any question on a moral or social issue, other than for matters where there is almost universal agreement across the whole spectrum of humanity e.g. basic human rights:
1. The right to liberty and freedom
2. The right to the pursuit of happiness
3. The right to live your life free of discrimination
4. The right to control what happens to your own body and to make medical decisions for yourself.
The relevance of what a person believes when they ask themselves, whether or not they think homosexuality is sin, depends on whether what the Bible says is relevant to them, or not. If it is, then I believe THEIR conscience will give them THEIR answer. Even then, I cannot speculate or postulate on what THEIR answer could (certainly not, should) be! I can only answer that question for myself. Instead, I hope to be confident enough to ask, if what people think I believe, has ever adversely affected my attitude to anyone. I hope and pray it has not, for my desire is for unconditional acceptance of others rather than rejection, unity rather than division, peace rather than conflict, friendship rather than enmity, harmony rather than discord.
Is it being flippant to use the following illustration? I have an intense dislike (some may think akin to hatred) of beetroot. I am very happily married to someone who loves it! I cannot understand how anyone can like it BUT I am always happy to share my meals with anyone and everyone who does. I cannot think it will ever come to it, but I would be willing if necessary, to fight for the right of anyone to eat beetroot?
Gosh, I find that a challenging parable! Am I doing all I can for the right of everyone to enjoy liberty and freedom, the right to pursue happiness, the right to live life free of discrimination, the right to control what happens to their own body, and to make medical decisions for themselves? Am I doing enough to fight the injustice, the misfortunes and the inequality that blights our communities, our nation, let alone the rest of the world?