A few weeks ago, The Onion ran a satire piece entitled “I’m Not One Of Those ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Christians” in which the author explained her personal brand of Christianity:
My faith in the Lord is about the pure, simple values: raising children right, saying grace at the table, strictly forbidding those who are Methodists or Presbyterians from receiving communion because their beliefs are heresies, and curing homosexuals. That’s all. Just the core beliefs. You won’t see me going on some frothy-mouthed tirade about being a comfort to the downtrodden.
I was reminded of that piece today when I came across two articles mentioning the rabidly anti-gay right-wing preacher Ken Hutcherson who has made a name for himself in recent years by trying to take over Microsoft and trying to shut down the Gay-Straight Alliance in his daughter’s school.
Now it seems as if Hutcherson has turned his sights on saving eHarmony from the scourge of the homosexuals:
A well-known Christian activist says it’s outrageous that the founder of the world’s largest online dating site has bowed to the pressure of homosexuals.
eHarmony was founded by Dr. Neil Clark Warren who is a professing Christian. Three years ago, a homosexual filed a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of discrimination when the company refused to accept his advertisement for a same-sex partner. And now eHarmony has agreed to begin matching homosexual couples — a decision that stemmed from the lawsuit settlement.
Dr. Ken Hutcherson is pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington and he is not surprised with the court’s ruling against eHarmony. However, Dr. Hutcherson says eHarmony should have taken a stand.
“To bow and say okay…that is turning against God who made his business successful,” he argues.
Hutcherson says it is time for Christians to take a stand. “We’re simply becoming evan-jellyfish with no spiritual vertebrae…and I’m appalled, I am mad, I am frustrated. I want to fight this and that is something we need to do,” he chides.
But it is not as if Hutcherson is solely focused on battle the gay agenda, because he also shows up in this CBN News article on the rise of “tent cities” in Seattle, Washington due to the economic and housing crises. The article notes that several local churches have been allowing those living on the streets to set up tents on their property, and Hutcherson is not happy about that either:
Providers of tent cities say they are offering the homeless much needed shelter. But some are offering a much different perspective on tent cities.
“Our Saviour died to keep us off the cross. I don’t think he’d be satisfied keeping us in tents,” Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Wash., said.
“I think the Bible gives it to us straight, if you don’t work, you don’t eat,” he said. “We’re supposed to give hands up, not hand outs to the point of letting people stay the way they are.”