Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Caving In to the "Agenda"

To take some liberty with Jerry Lee Lewis lyrics, it seems like there's "a whole lot of cavin' goin' on."

Let me explain. Homosexual rights activists are feeling their oats right now, and not just in the bedroom. A Bill Clinton-appointed federal judge just struck down the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military (and even that policy was too much of a concession as far as I am concerned). They've been increasingly getting their way in terms of forcing their lifestyle down people's throats, and are stepping up their efforts to target churches and religious groups who have moral objections to homosexuality based on the tenets of their faith.

As indicated by this USA Today article about Elton John decrying anti-homosexual attitudes in American society, the media are joining in the full court press. Even conservatives are beginning to cave. Note in the Elton article how chummy he's been getting with Rush Limbaugh. Other conservative leaders are succumbing to the gay rights bandwagon. In the same issue of USA Today, there's a clip about gay activists pressing the Mormons to abandon their teaching that homosexuality is "unnatural."

We are basically seeing the fruit of what began when society allowed the psychobabblers to re-define homosexuality from an aberration or perversion into just a lifestyle choice. Things have deteriorated to the point where they are now trying to be recognized on the same grounds as a racial or ethnic minority -- a protected class. Never mind that we're talking about giving a sexual behavior the same protection and recognition that you'd give a black man sitting at a lunch counter. It's ridiculous.

I suppose I expect society in general to cave, but I have real problems when people who identify themselves as Christians start caving. I will need to leave the Mormons to answer for themselves, but my main point is for so-called evangelicals who are beginning to soften on this issue. What's the answer when the activists come knocking at our church doors demanding that we come to their point of view? Our answer ought to be that the Creator Himself has overruled them, and they need to repent. Here's what God's Word has to say on the subject:

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22)

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error (Romans 1:26-27).

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The condemnation and judgment is severe, but as the last quoted verse indicates, there is hope and deliverance for those who repent of their sin and trust in Christ. "Such WERE some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified . . " Yes, there is hope for those who confess their sin and repent of it.

But Christians do no favors to homosexuals when they cave in to their demands. Society does no favors when society caves in to their demands. In the long run, their end will be destruction. And the society (and yes, the "church" ) that accepts the behavior as legitimate will share in the judgment.

I think that's the final observation I'd like to make. Homosexuals and liberals in general love to talk about "tolerance." But on this issue, they have moved beyond mere "tolerance." They are demanding acceptance and approval, and that is something true Christians can never give and be faithful to our Savior.

Late addendum . . . Check out this column by Joseph Farah, CEO of World Net Daily. A good summation of the public battle on this subject.

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