Apparently Bob Vander Plaats, the CEO of The FAMiLY Leader, was caught on video back in March laughing at a homosexual joke.  Why it just surfaced now in July is beyond me.  Think Progress posted the video and transcript on their site, and I saw the link over at The Bean Walker.

 

The transcript:

ATTENDEE: You know what my wife says? She says: Iowa, the state where you can’t smoke a fag, but you can marry one.

[Laughter]

VANDER PLAATS: Oh shoot, that’s pretty good, that’s pretty good. Oh shoot.

While I certainly do not agree with the homosexual agenda, this type of thing troubles me.  For starters it’s unproductive – how will this accomplish the agenda of protecting the definition of marriage?  It won’t.  More importantly how is this Christ-like?  It’s not.  Bob Vander Plaats was at an official event representing a Christian organization… which means he is representing Christ.  Does that mean he (or anyone else in a similar role) will be perfect?  Absolutely not.  It does mean that he needs to think about how he responds to comments like these.

Christ’s followers recognize that all have been created by God and have dignity and worth as His creation.  We also recognize that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).  Making jokes about homosexuals will only accomplish erecting a wall between them and the Gospel.  Does Bob (and the gentleman who told the joke) really want to be a stumbling block for the Gospel?  I would hope not.  This is something that I tried to nip in the bud when I was a youth pastor with kids in my youth group.  I wanted to create a welcoming atmosphere for all kids, not to affirm sinful behavior, but I did want anyone who walked in that room to feel safe, loved and respected.

This is just another example of why the Church has largely been unsuccessful at reaching homosexuals.  We say “hate the sin, but love the sinner.”  Please tell me how the sinner was loved at that meeting?

The right thing to do would be for Bob to swallow his pride and apologize, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen anytime soon.

4 comments
  1. Believe me as a gay I have no doubt about vander plaats’ “love” for me. Stalin felt the same way about the human dust he sent to the gulags.

    1. Stalin was a murderer and tyrant.  He wanted to tell people how to live and did it in a totalitarian manner; no law involved, just might makes right.

      Vanderplaats has gone through the legal system; he is no totalitarian; he is exercising his Constitutional rights protected by the 1st Amendment!  There is NO comparison to the works of Stalin.

      However, the homosexual agenda uses any means necessary including violence and civil disturbance to foist their lifestyle on people who simply will not and are not going to acquiesce to it.  What do you want to do in order to have me find your lifestyle acceptable?  Your agenda is to take away my Constitutional rights and force acceptance of a lifestyle against my beliefs. That makes you alot more like Stalin than Vanderplaats ever could be.

  2. I have to wonder if the person telling the joke was a ‘plant’ by the homosexual media machine; looking for a newsbite.

    Shane bought in and in essence is helping the homosexual agenda; not sure if he meant to do that or not.

    Bob’s response to the joke may be one of irony: it’s ironic that indeed that marijuana remains illegal while same sex marriage is legal. If that doesn’t strike people as amazing and ironic I don’t know what will.  Bob’s laughter quite frankly could be expected from anyone fighting for a cause which he holds dear…the irony indeed is ‘funny’, but menacing. 

    Shane the fact that this joke can actually be made ought to concern you more than the resultant laughter.  Perhaps you need to grow a more sturdy theological backbone which will allow you to call sin what it is and see the outcome of sin progressing in the world; it’s ironic indeed that evil wins out over good in this world….but woe to those who condone or cause one of these little ones to sin…

    1. I doubt it was a plant, you have to have a pretty conspiratorial mindset to think that.  I’m helping the homosexual agenda?  Because I don’t believe we should call them “fags” or “faggots”?  Really?  That’s interesting.

      How about you grow a backbone and identify yourself?  I have zero problem calling sin – sin.  Perhaps you need to read more of my writings.  I never said in this post that we should condone the behavior.  I fail to see and you have done nothing to demonstrate how using a crude homosexual joke will bring somebody to repentance.

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