This past week quite a few heads were turned as word got out about a few choice comments Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern made before a group of Republicans. Commenting on the threat homosexuality poses to society, she said, "[Homosexuality]'s the death nail of this country. I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has; even more so than terrorism or Islam." A homosexual activist group recorded and widely publicized her comments, and the response has been overwhelmingly negative. The media has ridiculed her, Oklahoma's Democratic governor has condemned her comments, the homosexual hate machine has turned its guns on her full force, and a large segment of the general public has expressed outrage at her comments.
The response that Representative Kern has received shows a significant change in America's mindset toward homosexuality. Just twenty to twenty-five years ago, it was not rare for legislators to speak out against homosexuality. When they did, there was no public outcry against such statements-the public generally agreed that homosexuality was immoral and perverse. However, legislators now fear to say anything against homosexuality. Even Representative Kern observed in the midst of her speech, "The very fact that I'm talking to you like this here today puts me in jeopardy."
While politicians are not always known as bastions of morality (certainly less so than ever following the antics of former President Bill Clinton; and more recently Florida Congressman Mark Foley, Idaho Senator Larry Craig, and New York Governor Eliot Spitzer), one would think that religious leaders in America would step up in the battle against immorality. However, churches such as the United Church of Christ (no relation to the church Christ built, died for, and over which He is head, Matt. 16:18; Eph. 5:25; Col. 1:18), the Episcopal Church USA, and others have been conducting homosexual "marriages" and ordaining practicing homosexuals as "clergy." Even the more generally conservative (though still not Biblical-Matt. 15:13) denominations have seen an embrace of homosexuality. Members of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, were recently outraged by their "Senior Pastor"'s homosexual advocacy. While not performing homosexual marriages, this man allowed the situation in the congregation to get to the point where several homosexual couples who held membership in the church showed up to get their photos taken together for the church's pictorial directory. The church held a vote on whether to retain their Senior Pastor, and 499 voted to retain him against 237 in favor of firing him. So while many were outraged, apparently the vast majority are willing to allow him to move their church in a more homosexually-appeasing direction. One can only assume that this is the direction many more churches will be taking in the near future.
Advocates of the homosexual agenda have learned how successful the "race card" has been at destroying those who make perceived racist comments-and they have tried to link those who oppose homosexuality with racists. Never mind the fact that racism condemns a person for what he cannot control and for what is not wrong, while opposing homosexuality condemns a practice that those engaged in could choose not to do.
One point that Sally Kern brought up in her previously mentioned speech was the tactics that homosexual advocates are using to indoctrinate children in the public schools. They have been very influential in affecting curriculum and controlling potential teacher comments against their sacred practice. Coming up next month is a homosexual "Day of Silence" to be observed in public schools throughout America. Its purported purpose is to bring "attention to anti-LGBT [lesbian, "gay," bisexual, and trans-gender] name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools."¹ However, as one concerned individual has noted, "This pro-homosexual day communicates clear (and false) messages to ALL students in the school that: homosexuality is a worthy lifestyle; that it has few or no risks; that some people are 'born' homosexual, including students; and that those who oppose this behavior are hateful and uninformed."²
So what are we to do as America continues to "homosexualize"? Clearly, we must continue to stand where God does, which is in opposition to homosexuality. Certainly no one who practices homosexuality will be privileged to inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). God calls homosexuality "against nature" and "unseemly," saying that those who practice it "receive in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet ('due,' ASV)" (Romans 1:26-27). His displeasure is not only with those who practice homosexuality, but with those who tolerate and endorse it: "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (verse 32). Whether or not anyone stands with us, we must stand against homosexuality. We must kindly and lovingly, but firmly, speak against it. Let us encourage those who are willing to take a stand against homosexuality.³ Society may continue to float in the stream of sin, but let us remember the words of the psalmist: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" (Psalm 1:1). More and more, those who proclaim the way of righteousness will be scoffed at and scorned. But the only commendation we need is that of the Lord.
3 I have sent an e-mail of encouragement to Representative Sally Kern; if you would like to do the same, her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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