It’s over. Done. Finito. In state after state, nation after nation, homosexuals are winning acceptance. Gay pride is all the rage. It’s everywhere, and it’s impossible to ignore, regardless of how you feel about it.
How did this happen? It’s certainly not for lack of trying on our (Christians’) part, is it? I mean, we’ve thrown our best & brightest at the problem (you know, George W. Bush & Sarah Palin), yet for some reason victory just hasn’t been found.
And how amazing that we’ve lost this war given our radical, life-changing, super awesome protests!
So how did we lose?
We got distracted. We should have been able to keep the issue simple, but we got dragged into a war of pragmatism & egalitarianism.
“Kids need a mommy & a daddy!” screams one side, while the other side points out all the healthy, well adjusted children of homosexual parents.
“Homosexuality leads to broken families!” screams one side, while the other points to the overwhelming number of failed hetero unions.
“Homosexuality is unnatural!” screams one side, while the other points out the overwhelming amount of strictly unnatural behavior that everyone, including heterosexuals, participating in. Oh, and gay penguins. I mean, everybody loves penguins, and just how awesome are fabulous penguins, am I right?
“You shall not eat of the fruit … lest you die,” proclaims one side. “You will not surely die,” counters the other.
See what the serpent did there? He distracted Eve from what God said (“You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden”) by focusing on the practical aspect of it; “of course you’re not going to die; that’s crazy talk!”
We Christians are distracted today, and we have been far too long. We’ve allowed ourselves to be drawn into a debate of consequence, of practicality. The debate has coalesced into a battle of statistics & experience.
It’s as if nobody cares about God’s actual command; we only care about the consequences of it. We’ve allowed ourselves to buy into an idealism that says that if we’re obeying God by being straight, then we’ll have perfect marriages with perfect children.
How then are we then to handle matters when homosexual defenders present us with what by all matters of practicality are perfect relationships, perfect children, and so on?
That’s the problem with arguing on the grounds of practicality; everyone can be right.
Even the serpent. After all, the day they ate of the fruit, Adam & Eve didn’t drop dead, right? In their eyes, the serpent was correct. Never mind the fact that God spoke to them concerning a spiritual death, the results of which we’ve been suffering as a race ever since.
We lost the war because we have ceased focusing on God’s commands & have instead focused upon consequence.
We’ve lost sight of “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination” and instead have drawn into a debate of egalitarianism which calls into question “they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them” (Levitius 20:13).
Can the situation be reversed? While I believe that anything is possible, I don’t think we ought to concern ourselves in this war of cultures which tends to bring out the worst in us. May we engage people as friends & neighbors, sharing with them the Gospel so that their lives may be transformed.
Once they are truly alive, we can trust the Holy Spirit to lead them to the truth regarding homosexuality. God has spoke it to Moses, and He speaks it forevermore.
When we know that God is fighting these battles for us, we know that the victory is already had.
And we’ll never again have to resort to protest signs again.
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