Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed the firestorm over the Duck Dynasty Program, and those of you who are frequent readers here (bless you!) may have noticed that up until now, I have been silent on this issue. Even now, particularly that the network has reversed its decision, I intend to remain silent, for I have never seen the show, nor frankly, have I even heard of it before. What I would like to discuss with you all, as we sit here around the kitchen table, coffee or tea in hand, is the issue of homosexuality. Note that I did not say “homosexuality” but “the issue of…”.
For it is the issue, rather than the subject that is instructive for Christians, and that is because the issue is politically radioactive. It is the bright shining light of oppressive political correctness at its most oppressive state. Before we can go any further, it is crucial that we understand that political correctness is nothing more than a thinly veiled move to silence opposition to people who adhere to a certain political agenda. It has nothing to do with polite behavior or getting along with each other; it is a tool for domination, and it is effective. People in the public arena who voice opinions that don’t go along will be attacked. They will be fired, they will be called nasty names, they will be, in short, silenced. If you pay attention to politics, you may have heard things like “code words for racism.” If you watch the news stations like CNN and MSNBC, you may have heard “experts” explain how opposition to tax increases is “code” for hating minority groups, for example. Think about it: It is much easier to brand political opponents as a racists, than it is to convince taxpayers that they aren’t paying enough in taxes!
The same folks that push this kind of thing, are the ones who are always lecturing us on Civil liberties, and yet they seek to since their opponents, keep our phone records (without a warrant) keep our emails, texts and tweets, not to mention Facebook pages and track our banking transactions and travel. By the way, if this is news to you, you haven’t been paying attention!
How can people do these things to violate civil liberties on the one hand, and be the champion of civil liberties on the other?
Easy, they favor total freedom in anything relating to sex. Everybody likes sex, so we support whatever you want to do sexually, as long as there are no children involved and it is consensual. Everyone who differs will become a handy scpegoat.
Here’s Where it gets Dicey
If my theory is correct, homosexuality and gay marriage provide the perfect storm for Christians. At first glance, there are two possible responses to this challenge. First, just go along with the crowd; even join them, and all will be fine. Many churches have done this, even to the point of allowing openly gay or lesbian pastors. The second option is to stand up in the public square and boldly proclaim opposition to all of this. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen many dozens of blog postings that take one or the other of these two approaches, but to what end? If we say that God favors homosexuality, are we faithfully representing His Word? If we condemn it, are we being Christ-like in our behavior, or are we being more like the Old Testament prophet? Is either of these approaches doing anything to build the Kingdom of Heaven? I hope that my awesome readers will resist the temptation to give a knee-jerk reaction to these questions, for they are complicated and profoundly significant.
Let’s look at the situation from the point of view of those whose agenda is advanced by political correctness.
First, by being in favor of all sorts of sexual activities that have traditionally been considered out-of-bounds, this provides the appearance of loving individual liberty while actually taking it away bit by bit. Second, Christians, who are potentially a danger, are set up for a no win situation. Churches and others who embrace the idea lose credibility with the majority of those who are in no particular camp because they are going in a radically different direction than ever before, and thus they may appear to be rather ‘watered down’ in their beliefs. Churches and others who stand up in opposition will come under vicious attack, and few will want to join them and be subjected to the attack themselves. The result is that the Christian community as a whole becomes radioactive, just like the original issue.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is exactly what spiritual warfare looks like!
I know that I will be taken to task for saying this, but when you get sucked into this issue, you are playing the Enemy’s game by the Enemy’s rules on the Enemy’s home field! Consider what Jesus told His disciples:
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
Surely, this issue requires discernment!
A Third Option
There is another option in this situation, and I hope that we will consider it prayerfully. You see, just because the world around us is acting like it is lost and without God, does not mean that we need to jump into every controversy. You see, the world around us is lost and without God! Jesus did not establish his church to go straighten out the lost world, He commanded us to take the Gospel to the world. If you look carefully at the gospels, you will notice that Jesus only confronted and pronounced “woes” on the religious elite, i.e. the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law who were misleading the people God had given them to shepherd. To the sinners, He took God’s love and the offer of forgiveness. No, He didn’t condone their sins, whatever they may have been, but He didn’t beat them about the face with the Law either. Nor did He complain about being persecuted when a private company, not the government, decided they didn’t want a radioactive political issue hung around their neck.
So then, how is it that we can allow ourselves to be dragged into politics, to the detriment of the Gospel at any provocation? Rather, may we turn our eyes upon Jesus, and be about the task of building His Kingdom, taking the message of reconciliation to those around us by reaching out to them in a loving and caring way, just like Jesus did. May we discern what the world around us is all about when these things arise, and not allow ourselves to be so easily distracted from the task that our Lord has given to us!
Now, before you send me hate mail for being either pro or anti gay, please take note of the fact that I haven’t shared my opinion on that question, for it is of no importance whatsoever.