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2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg is perhaps the best weapon to call out Christian hypocrisy: he’s gay and a devout Christian. The Mayor of South Bend Indiana most recently called out a heckler at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa last week after the person shouted: “Remember Sodom and Gomorrah’ – a reference to two biblical cities that were destroyed by God – to which Buttigieg responded: ‘The condition of my soul is in the hands of God but the Iowa caucuses are up to you.”
Evangelist Franklin Graham didn’t take too kindly to Mayor Pete’s response and took to Facebook to perpetuate his distorted and hateful brand of Christianity.
“Mayor Buttigieg is absolutely right—His soul is in the hands of God, so is everyone’s,” Graham wrote. “He also says that he’s a Christian and wants to become the first openly gay president in America’s history. What’s wrong with that picture?”
Graham is none too pleased with Buttigieg’s brand of Christianity.
“In reality, being a Christian isn’t just a title we select or a church membership,” Graham continued. “It is a faith in God and His Word that transforms our lives to be more like the One we follow—Jesus Christ. Jesus said, ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments’ (John 14:15).”
Graham went on to cite another verse:
“The Bible makes it very clear that homosexuality is a sin. ‘If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination…’ (Leviticus 20:13). That’s what God says and that settles it for me. I stand with the Word of God. I care enough about people to tell them the truth and to warn them about the judgment to come for all sin.”
Perhaps Graham should check out the following verse from the Holy King James version:
Matt.7.  Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
What may be most troubling is Graham’s use of ellipses to cover up the final portion of the bible verse he refers to in his rant. The full passage reads:
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.”
It’s convenient for Graham that he left out the execution part of the bible verse and it’s very likely his followers knew exactly what he was referring to when he conveniently hid the final part of the passage with ellipses.
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