Sunday, October 01, 2006

THE WAR AGAINST WHAT IS SACRED

"To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled." - Titus 1:15

Do you wonder how the homosexual community has so effectively advanced its agenda over the last decade? No institution is sacred or safe from its influence. It's at the root of the debate over defining marriage. The Boy Scouts are under intense pressure by homosexual and agnostic groups-with the help of the ACLU-to change their policies (Read Boy Scouts At War: a Culture War). Until the recent ruling by a three-judge state appeals court, Seton Hall University, a New Jersey Catholic school, was ordered by a lower court to recognize a gay and lesbian student organization (Read "Court upholds Seton's right to spurn gay group"). Television programming has felt the pressure to conform. It has brought to the television shows like "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", "Queer as Folk", "Will and Grace", and has ensured that practically every new television series has a token non-straight guy. Nothing is sacred. The innocent child is not sacred. A move is in progress to begin educating grade school children that lesbian and gay "partners" are an acceptable alternative to the traditional home. The God-designed and biologically affirmed institution of marriage with one man and one woman is no longer sacred. Thinking people know that society has a vested interest in fostering healthy families. It is better for children to be raised by the biological parents (And God bless the man and woman that can give an adopted child a safe and loving home in which to live). It reminds us of something Paul wrote: "[B]ut to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled." (Titus 1:15).

The homosexual crowd is advancing its agenda in the business world (Read "New York Pushing Gay Agenda on Corporations".. Since homosexuals comprise a small minority, it targets a few influential people to advance their agenda from the top down. When big city governments, having already caved to the pressure to adopt homosexual friendly policies, begin to exert pressure on large corporations to indirectly support the gay lifestyle, it represents a major setback for any society of people that seeks to follow the Bible. Companies that give in to the pressure will enact policies that extend beyond a few major cities, and will influence policies in small and large cities throughout the country. Where will it end? The pressure will end when everyone accepts and, in one way or another, supports the gay lifestyle.

Only one Fortune 50 company has taken a stand against adding gay rights language to company policy. "For the seventh year in a row, Exxon/Mobil shareholders have resoundingly defeated a proposal to add sexual orientation language to the company's nondiscrimination policy. Fewer than 30 percent of shareholders voted for the proposal this time around keeping Exxon the only company in the Fortune 50 that refuses to give in to pressure from the homosexual lobby."1 New York City owns 8 million shares of Exxon and is exerting pressure on the company for a gay friendly policy.

These measures are being opposed for other than religious reasons. Companies that have zero-tolerance policies on discrimination are still being pressured to do more. The issue is less about rights and more about extending special privileges. Many shareholders who voted against the measure did so for non-religious reasons. Many are concerned that special rights to homosexuals will open the path to giving rights to other undesirable behavior.

Christians oppose homosexuality because it is abnormal and sinful. Being guided by the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, not effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9,10). It is not that homosexuality is worse than any other sin, but people do not go around justifying stealing or committing adultery. Just because a segment of society has brazenly and boldly emerged from the closet to flaunt its lifestyle doesn't make it more acceptable. The same pressure that the Scouts and Fortune 50 companies are under to accept the homosexual lifestyle will eventually be aimed at the church of Christ. Every Christians should stand resolved to love the sinner but never condone the sin.

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