I am a Star Trek fan. I have seen every episode of the original series, The Next Generation, and all of the movies (from the horror that was “The Motion Picture” up to and including “Into Darkness”). I watched most of the episodes of DS9 and Voyager. I saw a few episodes of Enterprise, but it was broadcast at a very busy time in my life so I couldn’t watch it consistently (plus, I kept waiting for Captain Archer to say “Oh Boy” and “leap out”). I don’t own a uniform, but I have come very close to purchasing an “Expendable” t-shirt several times (and will someday). Suffice it to say I’m a fan.
I also like to look at funny pictures on the internet. There’s some good stuff out there, but it’s mixed in with a bunch of garbage, so you have to be careful. When I saw that a lot of the funny stuff was coming from a Facebook page for George Takei (the actor who played Hikaru Sulu in the original series), I thought: Funny stuff….Star Trek….win/win! So I liked his page.
In 2005 Mr. Takei “came out” and announced that he is a homosexual. I do not agree with this lifestyle choice, but as I have said before, that is between him and God. It is not my place to judge him for his sin any more than it is his place to judge me for mine. I have no qualms about enjoying the cultural contributions of gay people no more than I would any other sinner. For instance, I laugh uproariously at Robin Williams even though he committed adultery with his children’s nanny. And so I “liked” Takei’s facebook page so I would get his funny pictures delivered to me regularly on my Facebook wall.
In recent months his page has slowly morphed into a “half funny, half LGBT advocacy page.” I obviously am not happy with the latter, since it goes against my core beliefs in the teachings of the Bible. He has always had that kind of stuff on his page, but it used to be rare. Now it’s about every other post: buy my t-shirt that shows you support gay rights. Boycott the Sochi olympics because of Russia’s treatment of gay people. It seems like every day he is shoving his homosexuality in my face. And I don’t appreciate it.
It is for this reason I have decided to “unlike” his page. His funny posts have brought me laughter, but his posts glorifying something that God says is wrong have pained me. I do not hate gay people any more than I hate people who lie or cheat on their taxes. I believe God wants me to love all people. The word “love” however is not a synonym for “accept.” If I love George Takei, then it is my responsibility not to support his self-destructive behavior in choosing against God. Did he notice when I dropped him? Almost certainly not. Just like the boy throwing starfish into the ocean though, it mattered to me.