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Discrimination Is Not A Christian Value

As political debates over religious freedom rage, Christians are rising above the fray to make a simple proclamation:

Discrimination is not a Christian value.

Unfortunately, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people remains common, even here in the United States. In 29 states, it is legal to fire or discriminate against hardworking employees based on their sexual orientation. In 32 states, it is legal to fire or discriminate against hardworking employees based on their gender identity.

In a world broken by prejudice and hatred, Christians are called to embody the unconditional love of God for all. Jesus proclaimed this message to the world in his new commandment:

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

Jesus was not bound by the expectations of society, and through his ministry, he extended the love of God to many who had been deemed “unworthy.” Through Jesus’ own example and teachings, we are called into action.

We are called to welcome the stranger, feed the hungry, and visit the imprisoned. We are called to love our neighbor—not discriminate.

Pledge today to end discrimination against LGBT people.

Join our chorus of Christians as together, we proclaim: discrimination is not a Christian value! 

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Comments (48)

I pledge to be an affirming Christian.

I'm a proud member of the LGBT community, and this is my pledge!

My son came out as gay about 5 years ago and it has opened my eyes to a whole other world of discrimination that I never saw. I am now involved in 2 different local chapters of PFLAG and collect and post all kinds of information that I find to help educate others! I consider myself a Christian with Christian values and principles but I do not currently attend a church as I just don't trust the Church's stance on the LGBT issues. It is a subject very dear to me!

I am a part of the LGBT community and also Christian. I refuse to support discrimination against any human being on this earth for the simple command our Father gave us- to love. "We love, because He first loved us."

"We love, because He first loved us."

As a gay Christian I pledge to always do everything I can to end discrimination

I be came a Christian way before I knew I was gay. Anxiety ruled me for years until my counselor and I found the root of the problem. It would take another three years and another counselor until I could finally affirm myself. I told myself I could keep living my life treating as a sin (letting anxiety and fear rule life) and getting nothing accomplished for the Kingdom of God or I could affirm myself and me free and have a faith that I could actually share and have a more purposeful life on Earth.

I pledge to love and be kind to all of God's people. Be them part of the LGBT community or not...

The idea of social justice for all people was central to Christ's ministry. Jesus respected the value and dignity of all people. It is past time for ALL Christian denominations to do the same.

I pledge to do my part to end discrimination. In the name of Jesus.

Recently enjoyed the marriage of my son to his partner. A great experience. Love won that day!

God is love. God's Word teaches that we are to love rather than judge others. God asks that we love others as we live ourself. If loving yourself is not possible because someone has told you that you are wrong to live as God made you, fully free to love and be loved rather than be put to shame for 'all that God has made is good'!!

Anything less than that is human judgement rather than Godly love that we can live into, To be socially just is to love as Christ loved us! Grace gives us this freedom and keeps us working to help others find their way on this journey. They know we are Christians by our love, by our love, they will know we arenChristians by our love!

I was never taught anything but hatred for the LGBT community all throughout my life (in church), but I'm making a pledge to choose LOVE!!

I am a trans lesbian Christian and this is my pledge

I am a proud bisexual member of the LGBT community, with a transgender fiancé. I have lost many christian friends since we both came out, but that has not deterred me from the love of God.

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I never read anywhere in the Bible about Jesus discriminating against ANYONE. He loves as all...just as WE should LOVE EACH OTHER.

Love is love!

What does it mean to follow in the footsteps and words of Christ? Love God. Love your neighbor. And you know what Jesus said when he was asked, "Who is my neighbor?" You know.
Jesus welcomed, affirmed, protected, invited, understood, and loved the marginalized, the foreigners, the misunderstood and neglected, the elderly, the sick, the young, the vilified, the rulers, the slaves, the destitute, the lonely, the mentally ill, the successful, the scholars, the illiterate ... all. Notice that they were not identified by sexual orientation, and were rarely identified as married or unmarried. Matters of sexuality, orientation, gender identity, and whom someone loves (if it is genuine, respectful, non-abusive love, I have to say) have no bearing on whether someone is lovable and worthy of respect and care. Same for race, social class, ethnicity, national origin, or...OR... religion.
So if someone says something discriminatory against my brothers and sisters in the LGBT community, remember this: though they may claim to be speaking from whatever moral high road they think they have as self-professed Christians, their words and actions say - loudly - that they do not follow the examples and teaching of Christ. (And for that they need forgiveness, too.)

I am a PROUD GAY MAN @60 years of age and my
Partner and I wish all the haters would go back and read the
Bible as the scriptures say "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE HAVE HIS ONLY SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVE IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ENTERNAL LIFE" it says WHOSOEVER BELIEVE IM HIM THAT MEANS ALL CHRISTIANS PEOPLE GET OVER IT STOP JUDGING " LET YEA WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE" "JUSGE NOT LEST YEA BE JUDGED"

I'm not gay nor am I Christian....but nothing disgusts me more than people who use their religion to justify hatred.

I pledge to stand against injustice of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters in Christ's name and love.

Social justice for all people was key to Christ's ministry, whether they are Christian or not.. Jesus honored, loved and respected the dignity, integrity and value of all people. We are called to be Christ-like as we are capable in the two major commandments - to love God above all things and to love our neighbor as our self. We need to accept all people as they are without discrimination and judgment sharing His Word, Love, Truth and Peace.

I'm a 66 year old gay Christian. I've been involved with the beginnings of over 5 MCC churches on the East coast. I've seen our members tortured, burned and killed for just being a Gay Christian. Mostly these crimes were committed by so called christians and many were just ignored by law enforcement. Christ taught to love all with no discrimination and never said one word against gays or gay marriage.

I am a proud member of the LGBT community. I am also married to my partner of 23 years. I pledge to do my part to stop discrimination against anyone who is being discriminated against. I am also a Christian.

I am gay and have been Christian my whole life. This pledge means a lot to me.

Discrimination is wrong, it comes in all shapes and sizes and usually covers up fear; fear of someone getting more than you and yours and is one of the causes of war.

Discriminating for the purpose of hate is not a Christian value. But discriminating between sin and behavior that glorifies God is a Christian value because it's something God does and tells us we should do in the Bible. We are not supposed to hate anyone, but instead we are supposed to detest sin and God mentions clearly in the Bible that homosexual acts and behavior are sinful. This is not hateful at all. It is loving because God wishes for us to be closer to him. Rejecting sinful behavior and actions is a way we as Christians can bring glory to God and be closer to him. But first we have to recognize sin before we can reject it. Although I disagree with the majority view point in this article, I thank everyone for having this conversation about an important issue.

When my son came out, it also opened an entire new world of discrimination that I had been clueless of. Until it's personal, we just don't look at things.

I love all of humanity. Everyone deserves dignity, respect and love.
Jesus loved criminals, thieves, and prostitutes. EVERYBODY.

I pledge to show my love for Jesus by obeying his commands, and his teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"In Christ there is no male and female."

That is why I am so greatful for the seperation of church and state.
The bible with those teachings is so outdated with todays society, norms and laws but then again we are also talking about the same book that says raping a woman is okay and teaches that women are property to be brought and sold.

I pledge to be an affirming Christian through my membership in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

*and the greatest of these is love *
I'm a proud lesbian and Christian.. I make a pledge to speak against religious discrimination and to not partake in judging others!!

I pray for the Lord to help you find the perfect job and help you, me, and many others, get the freedom and rights you and all of us deserve. May his peace and wisdom be with you. NEVER be afraid to be who GOD created you to be! You are ALWAYS perfect in his eyes and that's ALL that matters. trust the Lord he will ALWAYS do what's best for you. Amen.

I am a straight ally because unless EVERYBODY'S rights are respected NOBODY'S rights are safe!
As the son of a Holocaust refugee and the grandson of Holocaust victims I am very much aware of this.

I have never been as proud to be a Christian than I am right now! I haven't read a single negative comment! Love is love and this is an amazing showing of our Christian love to ALL!

I am a straight ally and a Catholic. Jesus welcomed everyone: to discriminate and hate is not to act in His Name.

I am a straight, white, middle-aged, male, Christian. I believe that being the way you were Created by God is not a sin. I would never think that the lady that is my first choice to go to when I need a prayer is going to Hell because she loves the way God intended her to.

I pledge to end discrimination against the LGBT community BECAUSE of my faith not IN SPITE OF my faith! :)

Love who you want to love. It should be that simple.

As a Catholic trying to understand my own sexual orientation, I pledge not to discriminate against the LGBT community.

i am a Christian, one who thought that being gay was not ok. but i now see that God dosnt care. in fact he made some people that way and thats ok. i now love and support the LGBT community :) x

I am an Episcopalian, in a church where I was able to come out as my True trans* self. I am a moderator on a Transgender Support web site where stories of my younger sisters and brothers and some not so younger tell of rejection by their Faith Communities when they come out, and others who fear what will happen if they break their silence, or others break it for them. I have felt Christ's presence in my Transition and Peace as I approach Communion with Him, and I know it is HIS wish and hope that all of HIS TGLB children know that HE loves them.

I am taking the pledge and will ask my church to get more involved in this work and if they don't I will find a place in my community where I can be an example of God's love and acceptance.

I am a bisexual, genderfluid Christian, and I pledge to love all of humanity not as black, white, gay, straight, trans*, cis, or any other label besides BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN OF GOD.

Regardless of my thoughts, I can not speak and say what God means. I know this, "For God so loved the world, he sent his only son into the world, so those who believe in him shall not perish but instead have everlasting life" This tells me that God loved the world, and that those who hold belief in him have everlasting life, without regard to anything else.

Br. Todd

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