We are like lambs. With heads bowed, we nibble on the grass of the gay rights agenda and are on the verge of going over the cliff into moral irrelevancy.
Homosexuality is an ancient practice. It has been accepted and rejected throughout the ages. It is not new. Some of the leading historians of Europe, the Far East, Middle East, and African civilizations boast of homosexual practices centuries old. The distinction today is, unlike in times past when it was seen largely as a sexual practice, contemporary gay activists force upon everyone else the idea of “normalizing” homosexuality because it should be viewed as an immutable trait. Gay activists would now have us view homosexuality not as a sexual preference as it has been viewed for centuries but as an identity like race and gender which therefore should be accorded equal rights with respect to marriage and so on.
The gay agenda is rooted in what can be described as normative moral relativism which means that because no one can call homosexuality right or wrong, society must simply tolerate the behavior even when there is disagreement on the morality of the act. This of course ignores any application of a biblical worldview.
The Bible is clear. The practice of homosexuality is a sin along with a host of other sins like fornication and adultery (1Cor 6: 9, 10). (I recognize that the doctrine of Gay Theology disagrees with this biblical interpretation.) I believe I can be born with a propensity for a certain sin; that does not give me the argument to make it an acceptable lifestyle.
Now let’s assume that the church remains asleep-which it is-gay activists are well organized, systematic, relentless and are succeeding. Through legislation, media, and their shear will, homosexuality is now taught in California public schools, is in the pulpit, private organizations, the military and even in the hallways of the federal government. Activists are succeeding in “normalizing” the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (“LGBT”) lifestyle. Here are just a few examples in case you’ve missed the current events:
Currently, gay marriage is legal in twelve states which include Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington D.C. The Illinois legislature is voting this week and will likely become the thirteenth state to allow gay marriage. California’s Prop 8 is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. California is next. These new laws pose dilemmas for churches and wedding vendors who oppose gay marriage for religious reasons protected by the First Amendment. Some are now being sued for not supporting gay marriage ceremonies.
On May 11, 2012, California became the first state to mandate that the contributions of gays and lesbians in the state and country be included in social science instruction and in text books in its public schools. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 1437, not only affects textbooks and instructional materials for kindergarten and grades 1-12, it also affects all school-sponsored activities and mandates highlighting the purported positive contributions of the LGBT community. That’s correct-K through 12. This is quite simply an overt setup to indoctrinate the next generation of voters in California.
Just last week on May 24, 2013, the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) voted to alter their century-old tradition of being morally straight. With the support of the Mormon Church, the BSA voted by a wide margin to allow open homosexual members but not as Scout leaders yet. Randy Sharp of American Family Association estimates that 400,000-500,000 boys and adults will resign their positions with BSA in the next year or so. But for the goal to “normalize” the LGBT lifestyle, I would think gay activists would just start the Gay Scouts and leave BSA alone.
Clarifying the position of those who opposed the vote, Rob Schwarzwalder said, “No one hates homosexuals. This isn’t about fear or homophobia, and this isn’t about bigotry. This is about the moral values of our Judeo-Christian heritage which teaches the only appropriate sexually intimate activity that exists is between a man and a woman within marriage.” Mr. Schwarzwalder is absolutely correct.
The activism also reaches into our own federal government. As an example, just last week the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Pride circulated a memo to its managers called “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers” which is a directive to affirm the LGBT lifestyle no matter the manager’s own religious convictions. It is clear that a manager in the DOJ who fails to affirm the LGBT lifestyle will likely be out of a job. We are now even losing our right to think freely and to define morality for ourselves.
These examples demonstrate a state-mandated conformity of homosexuality that now creates a constitutional and moral dilemma. “In America, the government is supposed to protect freedom, not use its intolerance for certain viewpoints to intimidate citizens into acting contrary to their faith,” said Dale Schowengerdt of Alliance Defending Freedom.
It is the freedom to live and work according to our faith that gives America its cherished diversity and protects us from state-mandated conformity, he added.
Government infringes upon the individual’s First Amendment rights by requiring the individual to go against his own moral conscience (e.g. teaching homosexuality in schools, performing gay marriages, affirming the LGBT lifestyle in the workplace).
Where is the balance for the majority of Americans who don’t really care what lifestyles our friends or neighbors lead but don’t want to be asked to affirm it for religious reasons? Are we now relegated to being called homophobic?
Judeo-Christian values are the bedrock of America. According to those values, we must respect and care for each other irrespective of our faith, race, gender or even sexual orientation. America has not been a perfect place and it has some work to be done and we must continue to fight against any type of discrimination wherever we find it. But America is a nation where liberty and freedom flourish for individuals who seek it. We must not ever alter the biblical or constitutional standards that undergird those ideals and certainly must not do so to satisfy the few.
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