The Duck Dynasty / Phil Robertson topic has received tons of attention, and deservedly so. But the bigger issue is how the pro-LGBTQ groups aren’t satisfied with merely redefining marriage in an anti-biblical way, but how they won’t rest until they have completely stamped out religious freedom and forced churches to affirm their activities. The A&E issue is a sad commentary on our society, but the New Jersey issue is about the power of Big Government to suppress religious freedom.
Earlier this week state Senate Democrats in New Jersey pulled from consideration a bill that would write gay marriage, already legal in New Jersey by court order, into the law books. The reason: the bill contained religious exemptions. Loretta Weinberg, the Senate Majority Leader, said she pulled the bill after pressure from an LGBTQ legal group, Lambda Legal.
“They don’t want any kind of religious exemption, so out of respect for that, I will (pull the bill),” Weinberg said.
Re-read that carefully: They don’t want any kind of religious exemption. None. It isn’t about their freedom to do what they want. They’ve had that for years. No one is preventing their relationships and/or promiscuous sex, or even doing anything to stop 62% of men who know they are HIV-positive who have unprotected sex with men. This is about silencing Christians and forcing them to violate their religious beliefs.
“There’s a disparate group of people and it’s hard to follow what they want, so I’m following Lambda Legal.”
The decision by New Jersey Democrats and A&E are similar. When pressured by LGBTQ groups, organizations and politicians will choose to silence Christians who oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior.
Many Christians have assumed that they would be allowed reasonable exemptions and accommodations based on religious liberty. But LGBTQ activists have made it clear (and have said so from the beginning) that unconditional acceptance of homosexuality is the only option. Normalization and public support, rather than mere legal recognition, is the end goal.
Religious believers who think they can avoid the issue are deluding themselves. While we may not have a hit reality show that we can get fired from, we will be pressured in numerous ways to make it clear that we will not speak or act publicly in a way that supports the biblical view of homosexuality. The objective of the activists is to marginalize Christian views on sexual norms until they can be outlawed in the public square. Many Christians have already and will continue to gleefully work to ensure this becomes a reality. But for faithful Christians, allowing our biblical witness to be silenced is not an option. Like Phil Robertson we must all say, “My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together.”
Make no mistake: Satan won’t rest until he has silenced Christians. That will never happen completely, of course, but there is a rocky road coming up. Many of us have warned of these logical consequences for years, but too many Christians thought they could sit on the fence. There is no fence.
But be encouraged! God always wins in the end. Don’t be afraid to stand up for the truth.