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A View from the Altar / Why do conservative Christians keep obsessing about gays?
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Why do conservative Christians keep obsessing about gays?

Gay rights activists complain of being unfairly judged because, while there are hosts of sins the conservative church could be decrying, homosexuality seems to occupy too much of the church’s attention.

Let’s draw a comparison with Islam.  The Moslems are saying this also, and Katie Couric is famously getting all huffy and puffy with concern about a coming wave of Islamophobia.  Why is Islam the only religion conservative Christians seem to disagree with so passionately?  Why isn’t the church preaching so hard against Buddhism or Santeria?

A basic Islamic belief is that it must rule the world.  Since many of the world’s heaviest power brokers hale from nominally Christian or Jewish backgrounds, Islam has pushed in our direction pretty hard.  There are areas of Europe where a super-radical Sharia is how things are done.  News stories now regularly feature Christian preachers being told by the London police that they will get no protection of law if they evangelize in certain areas.  A pork barbeque restaurant in London got successfully sued a couple of weeks ago because Moslem neighbors were offended by the presence of pork aroma.

Well, the term “blowback” describes a phenom that works both ways, and we’re seeing the conservative church give Islam some blowback.  The Buddhists aren’t trying to take over anything as far as I can tell, so the church isn’t focusing on Buddhism as a political phenomenon.  They’re just going about their normal evangelism giving good news to whatever folks may care to listen.  The Moslems, by contrast, are pretty open about their intentions, so the church is reacting against the pressure being applied.

In like manner, there are plenty of sins the church could preach against, but I know of only three that have carved out legal enclaves for themselves.  These three are getting a lot of attention from the church.  First, abortion has been legalized.  It is murder, and the church is against it.  Second is greed, America’s national idolatry, and although the church has been a mite late to address this subject due to the libertarian political biases of many conservative churches, you’re starting to see a lot of conservative churches go after this idol.

Third is homosexuality.  It is the only form of sexual sin that has an activist movement behind it.  That activist movement seeks a repeal of laws against homosexual acts which many Christians might actually support on libertarian grounds.  Unfortunately, the activist movement is seeking two other goals which the church is duty bound to oppose.  It’s seeking to have homosexual household arrangements made equal with marriage.  Like the old Equal Rights Amendment proposed back in the 1970s, there is far, far more to this than meets the eye.

Moreover, homosexual activists are seeking to convince the public that those who believe homosexual sexual acts are sinful have a mental disturbance called “homophobia.”  Under the title of “irony can be very ironic,” homosexuals long chafed under the American Psychological Association’s designation of homosexuality as a mental disorder.  Now they wish to brand Christians the same way.  Further, they want to hold people who express their “homophobia” as guilty of a civil offense called a “hate crime.”  And it’s not like there’s no precedent for the concern.  We’ve already seen this emerging in Canada.

For this reason, the conservative church has focused attention on convincing its own people (and the public) that the Biblical commands forbidding homosexual relations are correct as written and should not be overturned.  Plus, many in the church feel like they’re having to fight to defend their right to preach the Scriptures faithfully against a creeping leftism that seeks to criminalize moral dissent.

In the judgment of charity, I can understand why homosexual activists may feel the church “has it in” for them, but I really don’t think that’s the case.  I think it’s rather a case of blowback.  The church’s beliefs are being assailed as well as the rights of congregants to express/act upon those beliefs.

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4 Comments

  1. “Under the title of “irony can be very ironic,” homosexuals long chafed under the American Psychological Association’s designation of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Now they wish to brand Christians the same way. Further, they want to hold people who express their “homophobia” as guilty of a civil offense called a “hate crime.”

    Great point.

    As it relates, you may find this interesting:

    http://ad-orientem.blogspot.com/2011/01/historic-lesbian-marriage-in-boston.html

    It’s the first sermon I’ve ever read from a “christian pastor” hailing abortion as a blessing.

    Proud Faithless Heretic.

    Posted on 03-Jan-11 at 22:02 pm | Permalink
  2. Good grief, Amy. Clearly those are folks who are completely unplugged from the Scriptures, from history, and from the body of people who believe in the permanence of truth.

    Posted on 03-Jan-11 at 22:27 pm | Permalink
  3. How much of an influence does the Episcopal church have in the US? I learned from one who attended the Boston School of Theology that the Episcopal Divinity School has been teaching that “sodomy is a sacred act of God” for 20 years now. From what I can learn on the net, the numbers in the ECUSA seem to be diminishing – and yet, it would seem to me that for christian americans who want their ears tickled, their gospel is just the ticket.

    Another question – why does this heretical view desire to be under the umbrella of christianity? If the terms of sin are to be redefined, why not go all out, following the sci-fi characteristics of Scientology?

    Posted on 04-Jan-11 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  4. I don’t really know for sure why they want to be considered Christian, but in the OT they approached the temple in much the same way. (2 Kings 23:7) My guess is that they just want to be approved by society, and what better way to gain society’s approval than to pass yourself off as a Christian?

    Posted on 04-Jan-11 at 22:14 pm | Permalink

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