One of the most eye-opening features of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial – the trial where a few people in California are trying to redefine marriage for the entire nation to include homosexual relationships – was its near daily insistence on attacking foundational Christian moral beliefs. On a regular basis, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Position Statement on Sexuality or the Catechism of the Catholic Church - both of which, like all orthodox Christian teaching on the subject, recognize homosexual behavior as sinful – would be pulled out and subjected to ridicule. Worse, these Christian teachings were used as evidence that the recently-enacted California definition of marriage was irrational because it may have been based in part on religious teachings. In other words, if you vote your faith, your vote shouldn’t count.
As disturbing as such a direct attack on religious belief is, it is also instructive. For a long time, proponents of homosexual behavior have argued that their cause was also about “tolerance.” But it never has been. For them, tolerance is a one way-street, where their actions must be tolerated, but your beliefs cannot be. Perry makes this clear: normalizing homosexual behavior requires marginalizing your religious beliefs.
It’s not just Christians who are seeing this, either. Chai Feldblum, President Obama’s new head of the powerful EEOC, has admitted that when religious liberty and homosexual behavior conflict, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.” Hear that, pastors? Your ministries, your churches, your sermons – they’d better get in line or get out of town.
Perry is just one of the recent examples of the attack on Christianity from homosexual activists. Catholic Charities in both Washington, D.C. and Boston were run out of the adoption business by aggressive city officials who wanted to force them to place children with same-sex parents. A church campground in New Jersey was punished by the state for refusing to use its property to host same-sex “commitment ceremonies.” A Christian student in a public college in California was verbally attacked by his professor for respectfully speaking out in support of traditional marriage.
Isaiah tells us that when society starts calling evil “good,” it won’t be long before it calls good “evil.” Is. 5:20. Things have gotten to the point where being a Christian – particularly one of those kinds of Christians who actually lives what you believe – is “evil.”
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