Those who read my columns know that I am not one to be apocalyptic or knee-jerk about issues. But I was deeply disturbed by the decision of our political leaders to repeal Don’t ask, don’t tell. What bothers me most is that they played into a deceptive agenda driven by word games.
I assure you that this issue is and will be a watershed matter for the Church. I’ve written for many sources on this subject and I have always tried to write with a tone of compassion— not from a position of self-righteousness.
I fully realize that we have all been sexually deviant, if only in our thoughts. We all need God’s grace and forgiveness. I also know that we (as Christians) operate with a delicate balance in roles related to two kingdoms. But we must be clearheaded about what is happening on this matter. Please take a moment to read my response to a column in our Lancaster Newspaper.
The language of manipulation
Our local paper republished a Washington Post column (12-21) by Eugene Robinson praising President Obama for gaining ground with progressives by the “Repeal of the military’s bigoted and anachronistic ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on gays in the military.” He referred to it as “the discriminatory policy” and repeatedly mentioned “gays and lesbians” as if he were talking about Asians and African Americans or men and women. Don’t miss the word games. The strategy has been to change the terminology, so that we can change the way people think, in order that —we can change the policies and laws. If successful, every one will say, “Well, duh!” “Who doesn’t get that?” And the Eugene Robinsons write as if we do get it.
Robinson upped the ante by making it about “a righteous sense of fairness and justice.” Evidently, if you think differently about homosexuality, you are an unrighteous, unfair person who supports injustice. Who wants to wear those labels? Are you a homophobic, racists hater? Do you support bigoted ancient laws of a by-gone era? This is the language of manipulation based on a strategy of desperation and deception. And the gullible are drifting right into the deception. If you fall for this deception, don’t miss the fact that it contradicts the position of every major faith and every civilized people throughout human history and that it’s being done for a mere 2 % of the population.
But wait! “In 30 states, the people have protected traditional marriage by constitutional amendment: In no state where the question has been put directly to voters has same-sex marriage been adopted by democratic majorities.” (Matthew J. Franck, In the gay marriage debate, stop playing the hate card, TWP, 12-17-2010). This radical agenda is consistently being forced on a majority by judicial procedure not democratic process. What happens when radicals use judicial coercion to pin the backs of the people to the wall? Iowa.
Have we come to the place of believing that being gay is something comparable to race and gender? This is an unproven hypothesis turned into a tenet of faith for a radical agenda. Homosexuality is about the sex people are choosing for themselves not a condition of birth. Are we so ill-informed to believe that the kind of sex people want is a civil rights issue? This is not about discrimination—unless we want to extend civil rights status to every sexual lifestyle people choose. Discrimination of the civil rights kind injures people for what they are by nature not for the sex they desire. Sexuality must always be addressed in the context of human choosing—especially in legal settings.
Millersville Bible Church
58 West Frederick Street
Millersville, PA. 17551
See the piece by Matthew J. Franck, In the gay marriage debate, stop playing the hate card, The Washington Post, 12-17-2010)
“In this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions.” -Abraham Lincoln