“I am not being forced to deal with it.” You may say, “I have chosen to simply ignore it.” A passive approach is still a way of dealing with the issue. Simply “ignoring” the issue just means that you have decided to forfeit your rightful place in the discussion and thus, will be forced to accept the results minus your input. Is that what you want? Have you convinced yourself that this movement is benign and doesn’t really have an effect on you, your children and grandchildren? Think again!
Consider this: The key target that this movement seeks is our youth. This can be seen in this chilling and disgusting piece written by “gay revolutionary” Michael Swift and printed way back in the February 15, 1987 issue of Gay Community News. These excerpts are reprinted from the Congressional Record:
“We shall sodomize your sons, we shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your youth groups, your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will come to crave and adore us. All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation shall be passed which engenders love between men. Our writers and artists will make love between men fashionable…. We shall raise vast, private armies…to defeat you. The family unit….will be abolished. Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory….All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men. All males who insist on remaining stupidly heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become invisible men. Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks.”
Thirty years ago, when the “gay agenda” was still being written, I was told to watch for the incremental stages of the movement. At that time, we seemed to be in the initial phase of “tolerance.” As a society, we were told that it was only right and proper to “tolerate” the homosexual lifestyle even if we disagreed with it. And so we did.
I was told that the second phase would be “acceptance.” Homosexuality may not be our cup of tea but we must acknowledge that this lifestyle is just as viable as our heterosexual lifestyle. My lifestyle was not superior to theirs and theirs was not superior to mine.
The third phase of the movement would be “promotion” or “celebration.” This was the phase in which those who lived and/or sympathized with the lifestyle would come out of the shadows, grab the bullhorn and glorify, almost deify the brave souls who courageously and publicly live this life in such a hateful, disapproving and judgmental world.
We seem to have been in this third phase for some time now. The issue is all around us. It has infiltrated almost every facet of life. It is hard to think of a television show that does not have a homosexual character in their cast and the writers seem to be very careful to make sure these characters are all above reproach. They almost always seem to be attractive, kind, smart and witty. Any deviation from these polished and sanitized character traits might be looked at as hateful and homophobic. Yet, on the rare occasions that Christian ministers or believers are written into a script, they are routinely portrayed with one or more characteristics that show them as devious, greedy, hypocritical, dishonest, insincere and sexually promiscuous.
The promotion of this lifestyle is now woven throughout the public school curricula all across our country. Last summer, school officials in Montana’s capital unveiled new guidelines for teaching about sexuality and tolerance. They proposed teaching first graders that “human beings can love people of the same gender,” and fifth graders that sexual intercourse can involve “vaginal, oral or anal penetration.” This approach, in one form or another, is being repeated in a growing number of public schools in the United States.
Same sex marriage is being legalized in state after state. Michigan is the latest example as one of those states that preemptively, through ballot initiatives have sought to declare and protect the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman have won the day nearly 100% of the time, only to have their vote nullified by a single individual, wearing a black robe and declaring the new law as unconstitutional.
We saw this promotion phase played out last year when basketball player Jason Collins of the Boston Celtics publicly came out as a “gay man.” He was instantly bestowed “hero” status by many in the media with newspaper headlines and magazine covers. In the most recent State of the Union speech by our president, Mr. Collins was a special guest of the First Lady. One would have thought that this man had discovered the cure for cancer or some similar feat.
The New Year’s Rose Parade is perhaps the most famous, most watched parade in the United States. This year’s Rose Parade was highlighted with a gay “marriage” performed on one of the floats.
Gay advocates have long desired a representative of the gay community in the manly rough and tumble National Football League. So when University of Missouri all-conference senior, Michael Sam publicly announced his desire for men and men only, supporters toasted their newest “out” athlete and the prospects that he would be drafted into the NFL. In fact, team owners were already being tacitly warned that by not drafting Sam, they risked being labeled a homophobe.
What I wasn’t told was that once this movement hit the “promotion stage,” that it all flowed back in the other direction against those with whom they disagree. The tolerance and acceptance that was so vigorously demanded by those advocating for the gay agenda is now being strongly denied by this same group to those who may oppose same sex marriage or any other issue dealing with homosexuality.
No doubt, you have heard about the lawsuits being filed across the country against bakeries, photographers and wedding reception venue owners who have, based on religious convictions, refused to offer their services in association with the celebration of a same-sex “marriage.” Legislation and the courts are telling these privately owned businesses that they cannot exercise their personal and religious rights.
Now, let me ask you a question. Do you think that the filers of these lawsuits are bringing legal action against these businesses because they cannot find a business that is willing to provide the service that they desire? Of course not! They are purposely targeting these businesses as a tactic in their war against dissenting opinion. Tolerance and acceptance are no longer important to them.
The state of Arizona recently took legislative action by passing Senate Bill 1062 that allowed private businesses an exemption from Arizona’s public accommodation law and the right to refuse their services based on religious conviction. You would have thought that Arizona had declared open season on homosexuals. Aided by willing accomplices in the mainstream media, the outcry was instantaneous and deafening. And with the looming threat of the NFL pulling the 2015 Super Bowl from its scheduled Arizona venue, Governor Jan Brewer wasted no time pulling out her veto pen.
One of the most chilling and invasive tactics unfolded recently when Mozilla Firefox CEO, Brendan Eich, resigned under pressure after a gay group discovered and publicized the fact that Eich had made a small donation to California’s Proposition 8 campaign which sought to enshrine traditional marriage as the standard for marriage in that state. This donation was made in 2008. Ironically, President Obama held this same view in 2008 and stated such publicly numerous times. Shouldn’t Obama be facing the same pressure to resign his presidency?
As a Christian, I struggle with my rules of engagement in this battle. On the one hand, I want to vigorously fight against this well organized and well-funded propaganda war to mainstream what the Bible calls a vile lifestyle. But at the same time, I don’t want to reduce the dialogue to one of insults and name calling. Many, on both sides, have engaged in a petty exchange that focuses on the personal and ignores the principle.
The gay man is not our enemy. The lesbian woman is not our enemy. These are individuals with whom we should dialogue, build relationships and pray for.
Yes… we are in a battle, but the battle is not with people and organizations. The true battle is described in Ephesians 6:12 which says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
This does not mean that we cease our efforts to influence via the ballot box, the legislative initiatives, from the pulpit and using the written word in blogs and other forms of social media. These are legitimate venues for proclaiming the truth and expanding righteous influence. But at its core, this is a spiritual battle which requires spiritual armor and a clear line of communication with God.
If you are at all like me, it feels like we are a small pocket of resistance facing a massive tidal wave of culture changing propaganda constructed by a generation of a liberal controlled education, the mass media and the mainstreaming of sin by products coming out of Hollywood. And as a society, we have drifted so far from God that our national resistance struggles to fight against this virus of evil.
This fight fatigues our mind, spirit and body. It creates a sense of discouragement and hopelessness. And yet, we are instructed in scripture, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9.
Surrender is not an option. I believe that we are to keep fighting the good fight with a sincere love and a strong faith. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.