February 4, 2017
The recent controversy surrounding reality TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines has brought the persecution of Christians by homosexual activists to a new level. Chip Gaines never made any public statements denouncing sodomy, and there have been no leaked audio recordings or emails betraying Gaines’ private opinion on the issue. The controversy was whipped up by the left-wing media due to the simple fact that Chip Gaines and his wife attend an Evangelical church that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The precedent being set here is frightening. A large number of conservatives belong to churches that do not accept homosexual “marriage”. This includes Catholics, members of the Southern Baptist Convention, non-denominational Evangelicals and many others. The homosexual activists in the media are trying make a new rule: all conservative Christians should be shamed, bullied and banned from public life.
In response to the controversy, Chip Gaines released a disappointing and weak blog post in which he tried to avoid addressing the issue head on. He starts out by talking about how he and his wife can disagree on numerous things, thus indicating that we cannot expect all humans to agree on moral questions. This of course is beside the point. The issue is not what fallen humans can agree on, the issue is what God has told us to do: to preach his Word and not to deny or remove any single point of it. The word “sin” does not appear once in the post, although Gaines is emphatic that,
We care about you for the simple fact that you are a person, our neighbor on planet earth. It’s not about what color your skin is, how much money you have in the bank, your political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, nationality or faith. That’s all fascinating, but it cannot add or take away from the reality that we’re already pulling for you. We are not about to get in the nasty business of throwing stones at each other, don’t ask us to cause we won’t play that way…We want to help initiate conversations between people that don’t think alike. Listen to me, we do not all have to agree with each other. Disagreement is not the same thing as hate, don’t believe that lie.
It is hard to imagine a softer statement of disapproval of homosexuality.
The futility of the approach chosen by Gaines can be seen in an angry response written by homosexual Noah Michelson at the Huffington Post. Gaines’ response to the controversy is as feeble and non-confrontational as it could have been given that Gaines presumably agrees with the official beliefs of his church, but the militant homosexuals are still not satisfied. Michelson condemns Gaines’ call for us all to agree to disagree:
…a church or an individual or a government telling a queer person that they are a sinner or that they don’t deserve to get married or that queer people should be treated any less or any differently than non-queer people merely because of who they are is not “lovingly disagreeing.”
It’s the same tired nonsense that’s continually peddled by folks who aren’t cool with queer people but don’t want to be called a bigot or deal with the possibility of a boycott against their businesses. And as much as it hurts to hear, in this case, disagreement is hate…
The bottom line is: My humanity is not something you get to disagree with. You don’t get to tell me that I’m morally corrupt or sexually deviant or unworthy of the same rights that you enjoy and then look me in the face and tell me that you still love me. That’s nothing remotely close to resembling love.
By the same token, if by some chance you don’t agree with your church’s doctrine, you don’t get to attend a church that’s anti-LGBTQ and not be called out.
Tolerating homosexuality is no longer acceptable. It is now necessary to state publicly that homosexuality is not sinful. Any disagreement on this topic is “hate” that deserves to be “called out.” Any moral chastisement is seen as an assault on a deviant individual’s humanity. Soon it will be considered a human rights violation simply to quote what the Bible says about homosexuality.
The moral of the lesson is clear. There can be no compromise with evil. We should not try to build bridges to those who are seeking to persecute us by softening our position. When the Church retreats, it loses. When the Church compromises, it loses. Only by following the example of Christ and his apostles can we expect to defeat the wickedness of this world.
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