Christianity, for all the good it has done, often becomes its own worst enemy. Any hostility is understood. That is not to say that church is unnecessary. But its relevance depends on its imitation of Christ, that is, how effectively it demonstrates the heart of the gospel and not just to sustain its own sterling image.
Last week, a viral video depicted Daniel Ashley Pierce, a young man who recorded his family's violent reaction to his having come out as gay -- yelling about the Bible, physically assaulting him and kicking him out of the house. Daniel's boyfriend posted the video online, and people around the world were horrified by what they saw.
As a gay Christian, I have only faced true discrimination for one of these identities. Here's a hint: It's not Christianity. When I tell someone I'm Christian, they don't come up with a series of offensive questions and remarks. I have never felt threatened or in danger when praying or practicing my Christian beliefs. Christianity is not an oppressed identity.