What Makes Christians Unsympathetic People?

I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.” That’s the title of one of the most popular blog posts of 2011. After its posting on the blog Single Dad Laughing this November, it has accumulated 228,000 facebook likes and 7873 comments, including a dozen or so within the last day. Best I can tell, the author Dan Pearce writes from a perspective outside of organized religion. After reading through his post several times and the flood of responses he received, it seems to me that a large subsection of our population has come to equate being “Christian” with being so ideologically committed to a set of “values” that you are no longer capable of human sympathy. When I was a kid, we used to sing a song in Sunday school called “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” I’m not sure what happened to that concept. Continue reading