The quote read, “If Jesus was around today, He would be on this side.” This was a quote by a father bringing his children to the Drag Queen Story Hour. According to the Christian News article, the son (aside from the man’s daughter) wore a dress to the event.
This took place in Spokane, Washington where it was reported that police had snipers positioned on roof tops. A Baptist minister was then arrested and jailed, according to the article; for arguing with police and refusal, as a protestor, to move to the opposite side of the street.
So then, this father, quoted in the article, thinks that Jesus would be on “his side” of the issue. I am not walking into that one with my eyes closed. I would not presume to speak for or know what Christ would do if He had been present.
I believe this father’s quote (claim) calls us to revisit short but well-known story described in the Bible. The biblical event recorded by John is about a woman who had been caught in adultery;
“But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more,” (John 8:7-11).
In this brief story, did Jesus say that what the woman had done was good? No. Did Jesus say He supported her in sin? No. Did Jesus say, “it’s alright, just keep doing what you’re doing? No. Of course He did not.
Jesus did not “bully” her or her accusers. Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more,” (John 8:11). Jesus acknowledged that the woman indeed did sin. And in that instant, Christ gave His judgement. She had sinned, but Jesus did not condemn her and told her not to sin again.
Had Jesus been standing there on the street corner in the midst of both supporters and protestors, would he have passed the same judgment? Would we truly expect Jesus to be “on the side of any sin?”
Now, we must ask ourselves, is it a sin for a drag queen to read to little children? It might be; it might not. The issue obviously was never addressed in the Bible. Could it be a moral issue? Absolutely. Could it be seen as setting a bad example to the children? Absolutely. Should this event be protested? Absolutely.
I personally believe this event and others like it around the country is just another way to promote an anti-moral agenda and condition the children; as if they weren’t already confused enough.
But for a supporter of the event to claim that the event would pass muster with Jesus; that’s a whole other issue and one I must question. This parent has skid off the tracks and crashed.
*https://christiannews.net/2019/06/16/pastor-jailed-during-drag-queen-story-hour-camo-spotter-positioned-atop-library-roof/ ©2019 Clayton Moore All Rights Reserved