Tim Costello Tells His Fellow Christians That Jesus Wants Them To “Suck It Up”
"Jesus didn’t advocate for freedom of religion legislation."
Notable Christian Tim Costello has advised his fellow Christians to follow in Lord Jesus’ footsteps and “suck it up” instead of hand-wringing over religious freedom laws, and boy do we hope Israel Folau is listening.
Costello, the former chief advocate for World Vision Australia, is currently a senior fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Speaking to The Guardian today, he pointed out that calls for religious freedom laws to defend Israel Folau’s right to insult LGBTIQ Australians are kind of the opposite of what Jesus would advocate for.
“Jesus didn’t go around demanding legislation to protect his rights. Jesus didn’t advocate for freedom of religion legislation,” Costello said. Indeed, Jesus was famously killed for his beliefs, and still rose above it.
Meanwhile, in Australia in 2019, Costello argued that Christians really aren’t facing anything close to persecution. “Christians need to calm down,” Costello said.
“I would say to Christians if you want to see persecution, let me take you to places where there is persecution of Christians and other religious groups – let me take you to Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, and I will show you persecution.”
— James Scullin 💧 (@JamesScullin) 8 July 2019
It finally happened. A christian leader has come forward against the people misusing christianity as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people.
Tim Costello: 'Christians need to calm down' and 'suck it up' over alleged persecution https://t.co/P6bRYn9d7P
— Ristin Raccoon (@RistinRaccoon) July 9, 2019
“And if they read their Bibles, Jesus said the world will hate you and misunderstand you for following me, but to go on following, loving, serving – so I would say, just suck it up.”
“Calm down and suck it up”.
Great advice from Fr Tim Costello to the whiny faux Christian cry babies who think not being able to vilify gays is religious persecution. #auspol #ReligiousFreedomhttps://t.co/m29vEp3lsD
— Catherine Perry. (@CatPurry9) 8 July 2019
It’s nice to see a Christian leader finally come out and talk some sense about this whole mess. Facing consequences for saying homophobic things is not persecution. Follow in Jesus’ footsteps and calm down.