What's fascinating/horrifying/important to note is how the evangelical Christianity of my youth not only encourages but requires its adherents to do just this. Beyond just the standard and obvious "the heart is deceitful," "beat your body" etc. shit, the distrust piece is key.
We were taught that the world calls what is good, evil and what is evil, good. We were taught people don't know what's best for themselves without the gospel, and that it was our job to show them. We were taught that outsiders' desires were the product of their sinful humanity.
So if an outsider group—LGBTQ folks, for example—says "OUCH" when we step on their toes with the gospel, that's because their minds & hearts haven't been renewed by the Holy Spirit. An "OUCH" from someone is absolutely not a reason to stop doing what you're doing in this context.
If you grew up like I did you already know. But if evangelical Christianity is a second or third language, it's important to absorb the fact that one of the reasons evangelicalism can so easily mesh with Trumpism is that the structure to support Big Lies is all there.

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