Several weeks ago I read an article, reposted at From the Lighthouse Blog that was written by Way of Life Ministries. The articles title asks the question: “What will be illegal when Homosexuality is legal.” I thought, “I don’t know of any laws prohibiting homosexuality; it’s already legal. Though it once was not.”
The author clarifies the question in the first sentence, stating: “If homosexuality is fully legalized, meaning if homosexual activists are given every right they demand, citizens in western nations will be robbed of many liberties they have heretofore enjoyed. This is not a guess; it is a judgment based on current facts. The right to free speech and the right to the free exercise of religion, in particular, will be effectively destroyed.” (emphasis added)
It also occurs to me that the author seems to take it for granted that people who are homosexual are both political and social activists and have something in mind beyond the right to a relationship with a person of their own gender.
Okay, go read the article, then come back. Please.
I put this post aside, not really knowing if I want to approach it, if it’s really something I “need” to write. I’ve been to Pennsylvania on holiday. I’ve thought a bit more on this topic. I’ve read something else interesting, too. Reported on a website that speaks about American Christian’s being persecuted, the author says the United States president made an appeal to African nations while on his trip there, saying that he is proud of America for extending equal rights to homosexuals, and that African nations should do so as well. The equal rights to which the president is speaking is the American Supreme Court ruling that opens the door to redefine what constitutes a legal marriage in the U.S., i.e., two men, or two women, or a man and a woman, all would be a marriage under the government’s authority.
The thing is, whether we as Believers and Followers of Y’shuaJesus like it or not, it’s a secular nation, this America. It’s, according to America’s president, no longer only a Christian nation. That means that Christians no longer are able to determine the morality of the nation. That also means that the nation is no longer, if it ever truly was, a nation, one nation, under G-d, as the “Pledge of Allegiance” says. Although even when that is said, I realize that many consider any religion to be a means to the Christian G-d, regardless of any faith in, or even knowledge of, Y’shuaJesus. We are now a nation of many different people without a single ethical/moral code. And our laws, while perhaps founded in Biblical principles, are all that we have. Now even those are being redeveloped and reinterpreted. How this plays out is that despite Christianity that finds abortion, for instance, despicable and contrary to its religion, Christians, through taxes, must pay for abortions. Furthermore, the secular nation begins making a determination that Christians no longer may practice their religion in their workplace, their religious aversion to homosexuality, for instance, by refusing service to openly homosexual people. This, then, could very well be the end of America’s First Amendment right to religious practices in the U.S.
If there truly is a Gay Agenda operating in America, as many people believe, then there is pressure being applied that will forbid Christian’s the freedom to speak openly against any practice that the Bible forbids and the government approves. It’s really not about the freedom to practice un-Biblical acts, it’s about getting us all to approve of them, and doing so despite our Biblical injunction to condemn them. There goes America’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
To lend some credence to the “Gay Agenda,” a “Gospel” singer, Jennifer Knapp, titled a recent blog post: “Affirming Faith Voices Crucial For Advancing LGBT Civil Rights.” She’s an advocate to “advance LGBT civil rights” into the churches. Unless I’m misreading things, this means that an openly homosexual person would have the “civil right” to join any church he or she chooses, and remain openly homosexual. Nothing could bar the person from membership in a church that follows Y’shuaJesus and the Bible. That seems to mean that an openly homosexual person could not be barred from teaching “Sunday school” to children attending church.
Jennifer Knapp isn’t the only homosexual within the church. As reported at Way of Life, there are many more Gospel musicians that are coming out of the closet, and declaring they are homosexual. There is a movement within many churches to not only embrace homosexuals–G-d loves the person but hates the sin–but to embrace homosexuality itself. Jennifer Knapp wrote, “Author and minister, Rob Bell. . .is one of the most audible voices of modern Christianity, actively influencing an entire generation of Evangelicals. Recently, Bell publicly expressed his support for gay marriage with emboldened clarity yet, outside of faith-based circles, few noticed. He is one in a handful of articulate, compassionate, and influential religious voices willing to be responsible for moving a generation toward LGBT affirmation. Notable believers like Brian McLaren are crucial in helping Christians understand that the language used by their forefathers is one of an inherited and broken theology that must evolve. It’s important to find positive role models who admit to climbing out of the primordial goo and are willing to build a bridge to safety.” LGBT affirmation. That means church support of homosexual lifestyles coming to your church.
I suppose “broken theology” means putting aside the Bible’s “primordial goo.”
Today in the news:
A respected Indonesian Islamic group has called on the government to cancel next month’s Miss World pageant, saying women exposing skin in a competition violates Muslim teachings.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will sell eight Apache attack helicopters to Indonesia for $500 million. The deal includes high-tech Longbow radars.
So, here in the once Christian nation of America, secular agendas are driving church policy. And in Indonesia, a religion is pushing the government to uphold its religious laws. And America is selling that government attack helicopters. Will those helicopters be used to defend the country against Islamists, or will the country become Islamic, and be yet another radical regime against the U.S.?
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .