In the furor over recent passage of religious freedom acts by a couple states, we see the true face of those who have worked tirelessly the past half century or more to reshape America’s views. While I have not gotten around to reading the science fiction series Dune, I found this quote from it (used by someone else writing on this subject) to be highly apropos:
“When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”
I can agree that gays have been subjected to violence in the past, and this was–and is–wrong. But the ultimate goal of the Left was never simply an environment where gays could safely be open about their lifestyle. Nor was it achieving the sanction of the State to “marry.” These were important foundations of change for them to establish. But now that they ARE established, the real endgame becomes clear: the marginalization and punishment of anyone who dares question or disagree with that lifestyle. This was evident as soon as gays began to “marry.” Some approached Christian businesses to seek services for their ceremonies, putting those proprietors into the position of choosing between God and money. This was no accident, because as soon as any Christian business owner held to their higher allegiance by refusing to support an event that defies clear Biblical teaching, it provided the Left with the next set of talking points for a media frenzy.
This browbeating has been so successful that a considerable number of Americans — probably a majority — now take the position that business owners should just keep their beliefs to themselves. None consider the fact that Christians are specifically told to honor God in everything we do — in other words, there is to be no compartmentalization of work, faith, family, etc, into different spheres of activity. For the Christian, Christ is Lord of all — including business practices. So while the Left has a point that Christ would not treat homosexuals abusively or with hate, they overlook the fact He would also be unequivocal about the fact they are being defiant sinners in the eyes of a Holy God who has clearly stated this lifestyle is an “abomination” (His words, not mine — take it up with the Creator if that makes you angry). Whether dealing with Pharisees or the common person of His day, Christ’s first concern was always their relationship with God, to whom we will all one day have to give an account. I would caution those trying to use Christ’s words against sincere Christians to note that Jesus could be rather blunt with those who used a pretense of piety to cover their actual hostility to what God expects of them.
There are plenty of professed Christians who unwisely mock or say unChrist-like things to or about gays — and they should stop doing so, as it does nothing to honor God or bring others closer to Him. The Left fails to understand, though, that while they see even peaceful, civil Christian objection to homosexuality as “hate,” nothing to could be further from the truth. It is no more ‘hateful’ than one person warning another of any sort of danger. Sin and rebellion against God’s design is the default setting for this world, and remaining there leads to eternal separation from a God who loved us enough to send His Son to provide a way out. For those of us who believe this Truth, it would be hateful NOT to warn others–or to participate in a ceremony that validates and celebrates sin!
THAT’S the real issue here — the message of the Gospel is foolishness to a fallen world that sees it as hostile and hateful. This is not limited to “gay issues” — nobody likes to face the facts about sin and the only means of redemption. But those pushing homosexuality, tragically, are particularly wedded to their rebellion against God’s design, having taken it on as an integral part of their personal identity. The Enemy’s hold in this particular area is a strong one. Thus, they will not tolerate any differing viewpoint here.
To put it another way (as a friend of mine did online): Christians are always told if we don’t like what’s on television (a business!), change the channel — don’t try to force our beliefs on everyone else. But now, if a Christian-owned business refuses to mock marriage by participating in a sham imitation of it, those same groups don’t say the gay couple should change businesses (as they could easily do). No — it’s now necessary to force their agenda and beliefs onto Christians, even against their conscience. Rather than agree to disagree, the Left now wants to use the power of the State to compel obedience.
So who, exactly, is really being intolerant here and denying freedom to others?