LEGO just released a new set called “Everyone is Awesome” that’s multicolored like a rainbow flag, in honor of Pride month.
“I wanted to create a model that symbolizes inclusivity and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love,” Matthew Ashton, Lego’s vice president of design, said in a press release.
“Everyone is unique, and with a little more love, acceptance and understanding in the world, we can all feel more free to be our true awesome selves!,” Ashton added. “This model shows that we care, and that we truly believe ‘Everyone is awesome!’”
Sounds good. That’s about the extent of my excitement, but it’s nice to see a for-profit company realizing that promoting LGBTQ inclusivity isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also good for business. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t do it.
But Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, can’t handle LEGO blocks in different colors or even the use of the word “awesome” because he sees it (and everything for that matter) as persecution. He literally uses the line “This is insanity” to describe LEGO blocks.
… What exactly does awesome mean? Even if you understand how the word has been devalued in our society, is everyone awesome? Is everyone awesome all the time? Are you going to speak of everyone is equally awesome? Does it have anything to do with sexual identity? And as everything is awesome, everything really is awesome. I don’t think so…
… But again, here’s where Christians need to lean in. And the Christian worldview tells us, listen carefully. There’s a brokenness here. There’s a hurt here that cries out for Christian attention. That hurt is at the deepest level of personal identity. That anxiety is at the deepest level of personal security. There’s a pain and anxiety. There is very clearly a fear that is represented even in the voice of a child here for which the answer supposedly is the “Everyone is awesome” Lego set. Now, Christians, again, looking at this, understand this is brokenness. Undoubtedly.
This is the same guy who once urged Christians not to vote for Donald Trump because he would become a “Great Evangelical Embarrassment,” only to watch Trump’s cruelty and incompetence over four years and then vote for Trump himself in 2020 because Mohler was now on the side of Embarrassment.
How embarrassing? Remember when Trump used tear gas to clear away protesters all so he could take photo holding up a Bible outside a nearby church? Mohler chose to condemn… the church.
How embarrassing? He said in 2019 that people who didn’t have children weren’t “fully human.” (Take that, Jesus.)
How embarrassing? Just this past week, Mohler was in the news for promoting an atheist hoaxer because they shared the same despicable beliefs about feminists and social justice.
All that’s to say Mohler’s moral compass broke down a long time ago. He has more to say about the problem with multi-colored LEGO blocks — nearly 2,500 words — than he’ll ever say against the rampant racism and bigotry in his own religious denomination.
He’s a professional Christian troll and the people who still call themselves Southern Baptists should be ashamed of themselves.
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