Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Christians must be made to think like us!

Gay activist, Frank Bruni, argues “that church leaders must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list’”:

·       [Mitchell] Gold told me that church leaders must be made “to take homosexuality off the sin list.” His commandment is worthy — and warranted. All of us, no matter our religious traditions, should know better than to tell gay people that they’re an offense. And that’s precisely what the florists and bakers who want to turn them away are saying to them.

“Church leaders must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list’!” Really? Should gays “be made” to regard the homosexual lifestyle as sinful? No Christian has ever demanded this, at least none I am aware of. Even Muslims wouldn’t try to force such a belief upon gays. They would simply kill them. I wonder why gay activists will not take issue with the horrific way that they are treated in the Islamic world.

When we make a recommendation that is so offensive, so against the principles of democracy, equal rights, and everything we value, we have to justify this position by distorting the truth. For one thing, Christian “florists and bakers” have not turned gays away. They have merely informed them that they cannot take part in something that violates their conscience. They have not rejected gays, but they have rejected having to service a gay marriage or a gay-pride event! After all, should a gay be coerced into servicing an anti-gay marriage event? Certainly not!

While Christians do believe that homosexual sex or any sex outside of marriage is wrong, we certainly don’t believe that gays are “an offense.” Instead, we believe that all sin is self-destructive and an affront to God. We all struggle with sin, and therefore we all need a Savior.

I have gay friends. They are not an offense to me or anyone else I know. But they are perhaps “an offense” to themselves. As many ex-gays have admitted, they knew that they were doing something wrong even when they were immersed in the gay life.

I have little doubt that Bruni feels that we regard gays as “an offense.” When we sin and refuse to confess it to God and turn from it, we feel filthy and project these feelings on others, convinced that they feel the same way about us. We think that everyone regards us as filthy.

Must everyone be compelled to believe as gays believe? Must democrats “be made” to think like republicans? Must wives “be made” to think like their husbands? Should employees “be made” to think like their bosses? Is this a reasonable prescription for a peaceful society? Instead, a little acceptance of the inevitable differences will go a long way!

Bruni presents himself as our liberator:

·       So our debate about religious freedom should include a conversation about freeing religions and religious people from prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison.

How does Bruni intend to free us from our prejudices? Will he remove our children? Will he send us to forced “re-education” camps where many were ultimately killed in the Maoist utopia?

What would he surgically remove from our demented psyches? What type of thinking would he not allow? “Unthinking obeisance!” He wants to convince us that his views are the result of reason and evidence, while our views are the result of willful blindness and, therefore, do not have a right to exist. Instead, we “must be made” to think according to Bruni’s enlightened views:

·       The continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice… it elevates unthinking obeisance above intelligent observance, above the evidence in front of you.

What is “the evidence in front of” us? All the surveys agree that gays have a greatly attenuated life span, greater incidences of many diseases, suicides, mental illness, substance abuse, and even domestic violence.

What then would “intelligent observance” require? The adoption of the Christian worldview, not its destruction, as Bruni clearly is seeking!

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