I must confess disappointment in the names that appeared with the Not In Our Town pledge recently. For such a large community there weren't as many names as I would have expected. Even fewer that I recognized.
It occurred to me that many may be reluctant to put their names with a pledge that might in some way suggest they support or encourage certain behaviors associated with this pledge. As a Christian I understand the differences. I also do not see this pledge as saying I agree with all behavior. To me this pledge simply says, from my point of view, that violent, hateful actions are unacceptable.
If I choose to hate someone, they become less then me, so they deserve what they get. Simply this is how hate exists. But it is wrong! Violence is on the increase because we teach in our society that we may classify others as less then ourselves. Things won't change until we teach otherwise.
My Bible tells me we are all sinners. My job is not to point out your sin and punish you for it. My job, according to the Bible, is to love my brother as myself. That is tough to do when I hate them.