In the Christian Post, “ex-gay” Matt Moore pens a letter to gay youth, alleging that the various personal difficulties he’s faced in his life are emblematic of, and inherent to, the “gay lifestyle”. Buried in paragraphs of meaningless churchy blathering and profoundly hateful generalizations about how all gay people are sex-addicted drug abusers, this remarkable claim jumped out at me:
God has allowed a lot things to take place since time began that are not good. He has allowed evil. He has allowed sin. He has allowed murder. He has allowed rape. He has allowed homosexual desires….. and they are all apart of His greater plan. Get this, the worst sins ever committed were against God Himself, Jesus Christ, as He was beaten and crucified on a Cross. He allowed that. Again, why?… because it was all apart of His greater plan. And what’s God’s plan, you may ask? To bring glory to His Name.
Crucifixion may be a pretty horrible way to die, but it’s a bit of a stretch to say that crucifying one person was “the worst sin ever committed”, regardless of whether that person was actually God. At the very least, Unit 731 could give crucifixion a run for its money in terms of awful ways to kill people. And what about those two other fellows who were supposedly crucified next to Jesus? Did they suffer any less? Really, when you’re an all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent, eternal deity, being killed by humans – whatever the method – seems like it would be a minor inconvenience at worst. That is, unless he decided to turn himself into a kind of utility monster who really did suffer to an astronomically greater degree than anyone else, just so his followers could claim that mistreatment of their god is the worst thing that could ever happen of all time. Of all time!