As the coronavirus continues to ravage our country, New York City is one of the hardest hit by this pandemic. Medical centers and hospitals were overwhelmed with the sick and dying, and the city desperately needed help. Samaritan’s Purse dispatched a field hospital to New York City’s Central Park.
Opposition to the Christian charity’s presence was immediate. While the charity is claimed to be anti-gay, the truth is its doctrinal statement supports traditional, biblical marriage “as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society.”
The statement goes on to say, “For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.” That is not merely a statement of faith, it is statement grounded in scientific reality. The sustainability of the human race is dependent upon this simple truth.
Every human being, including homosexuals, owe their existence to heterosexual genetics because two men or two women cannot produce children. But to simply point out that truth is considered hateful and intolerant by the LGBTQ community.
One gay activist protesting the presence of Samaritan’s Purse field hospital said, “How was this group ever considered to bring their hatred and their vitriol into our city at a time of crisis when our people are fighting a pandemic?”
The answer to that question is a simple one. Even though Christians believe homosexuality is a sin, we also believe every person is created in the image of God endowing each individual with intrinsic worth. Christian’s love their enemies, and in a time of crisis are willing to put their lives on the line to treat with compassion and mercy the sick and the dying.
At no expense to the city of New York Samaritan’s Purse set up a 68 bed field hospital that has treated 119 people, released 44, and currently treating 55 patients. While the LGBTQ crowd is standing on the sidelines spewing hate and vitriol, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are putting their lives on the line treating the sick and dying.
If the LGBTQ community truly cares for their fellow New Yorkers why don’t they pool their resources and establish a field hospital. Why, if they are so benevolent and tolerant, aren’t they doing something productive to alleviate the suffering rather than protesting those who are?
Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and the founder of Samaritan’s Purse, said when it comes to accepting patients, “We provide our services to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation…We don’t discriminate. Period.”
Step back from the rhetoric on both sides and ask yourself who is living up to what they claim and doing something productive to help? Who is actually showing love?
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends,” John 15:13. Who do you think is living up to the words of Christ?