VELISEK: Rebuttal ‘Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana’

New York Times Frank Bruni takes up his pen to call Christians bigots and mired in the past. Christians beg to differ.

New York Times - Sunday Op-ED - Read More
New York Times - Sunday Op-ED - Read More

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2015 — Frank Bruni posted an article this week in the New York Times, “Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana” earlier this week. In that article, Mr. Bruni lays out his views of homosexuality and Christianity, and also discusses the Indiana Religious Freedom Law.

I am a military veteran, have worked since I was 14, and for the better part of fifty years was agnostic in my beliefs. I talked to Christians, but never thought deeply about Christianity, nor let it affect my life.

About 15 years ago, I married a wonderful, churchgoing woman. I didn’t go to church with her at first, but over time, her attitude and overwhelming happiness with her life caused me to take a look at the situation again. I went once, thought it was okay, and then went again. To cut to the chase, I am now a born again Christian.

According to Mr. Bruni, our Christian beliefs make us bigots, and mire us in the past. We are living in the past, when compared to current day values and ethics. As far as being bigoted, we believe that the Lord gave the opportunity to man to write the gospel. It wasn’t written by men, it was written through men by God.

Lessons learned since the Bible was written, for me, have reinforced what the Bible teaches. We are taught to love the sinner, but hate the sin. Mr. Bruni s attitude is that there should be no compromise and no respect for Christians because what we believe is not “modern.”

The Bible has been a foundation for mankind since Christ walked this earth and was crucified for our sins. We live every day with our God, and follow in the path that leads to salvation.

Are we perfect? Not hardly. But because of Christ dying on the cross, and with God’s grace and mercy, we are fulfilled in the safety of our afterlife. The materialism of this world is but a vapor; our everlasting life is more important to us.

It is not for me to judge others, but my beliefs are, to Mr. Bruni’s consternation, unshakeable, and immutable. Homosexuality is wrong according to the Bible, and that ends the argument for me.

Christianity is not a religion, it is a way of life. Mr. Bruni seems to think we can be reeducated in the modern ways of the world, and everything will be fine. It won’t work that way, not today, not ever. Writing a column bashing Christians will not change anyone’s mind. And it does not matter what the government does; we will still be Christians, with a foundation of beliefs that will not change.

Mr. Bruni enlists the assistance of Mitchell Gold, founder of Faith in America who says, “Church leaders must take homosexuality off the sin list.” Bruni agrees, saying “His commandment is worthy and warranted.”

Who do these people think they are? The ten commandments came from God, not man. Do they think they are gods to command men?

Most Christians do not speak out about homosexuality. Why do gays feel they have the right to tell the church what to believe? And what makes them believe that Christians will change? Will the government give them the right to discriminate against Christians?

A quick question for Mr. Bruni: Why do you feel you have the right to attack Christians for not wanting to bake a cake, but remain silent about Muslims throwing suspected gays off of roofs in the Middle East?

Any attempt to force Christians to change their view or the interpretation of the Bible will fail. It is who we are, and what we will always be. Christians do not change with the wind, nor do we think the ways of Christianity are wrong or need to be modernized. We have no need to look anywhere but our souls and beliefs to enjoy our lives, or to make our lives complete. Do you?



Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 Communities Digital News

• The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or management of Communities Digital News.

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.

  • RedRaider

    Good article John. But that NYT article is based on at least two lies. One, the practice of homosexuality isn’t something new, especially anything newer than Christianity. In fact it is much OLDER than Christianity, going back to Sodom and Gomorrah. So, which is the more modern idea again Mr. Bruni? And then there is the lie from the so-called “Faith in America” guy.

    He says, “Mr. Bruni enlists the assistance of Mitchell Gold, founder of Faith in America who says, “Church leaders must take homosexuality off the sin list.” Bruni agrees, saying “His commandment is worthy and warranted.”

    This Mr. Gold is not telling the whole truth in that statement. Either he is doing it intentionally or out of ignorance, but, Mr. Gold, that “sin list” is not OUR list BUT GOD’S LIST. He is LYING that we just made up that list on our own. GOD said it was a sin, not us or any Christian. And that “sin list” is in the Bible. So he is lying that he wants to remove that sin from a sin list we made up when that the “sin list” IN THE BIBLE. That is what he REALLY wants to do and is proposing, Mr. Bruni, ALTERING the BIBLE to SUIT HIMSELF. So, Mr. Bruni, mind your own lies and those of your associates.

  • RedRaider

    “Who do these people think they are? The ten commandments came from God, not man. Do they think they are gods to command men?”

    Exactly! The have the arrogance to say that Christians don’t get to say what is wrong but THEY DO! And not only that, but they believe they get to say what is wrong based PURELY on their own personal opinion, and ONLY their personal opinion and NO OTHER BASIS, NO OTHER EXTERNAL moral standard, that Christians are wrong.

  • RedRaider

    And Mr. Bruni’s claim of bigotry is nothing more than an attempt to shut up opponents to his views. The facts are that ANYONE who agrees with him and his opinion about this is not bigoted, but those who disagree are automatically bigoted. This is nothing short of the usual demagoguery and name-calling game used by the left, especially the homosexual activists, with terms like homophobe, etc., designed to shut down their opponents views.

  • Samuel Sung

    Considering Obama’s attacks upon Catholics and Protestants, it is reasonable to conclude that he is anti-Christian.