Quote of the Day: Just say the Bible is pro-homosexuality, throw out a few random verses, talk about the love of God, and sternly warn about judging others. Do this with a sincere look on your face and you will convince a few, confuse many, and you can go home victorious. – We gays don’t need no stinkin’ Bible (do we?)
Ahhh . . . the sweet confirmation of my success is here. And from the entirely reasonable and even-keeled keyboard of Rod Dreher over at Real Clear Religion. Today’s article, entitled “My Second Thoughts About Gay Marriage,” lays out better than I could the current landscape of gay marriage acceptance in America.
And the picture is beautiful from my point of view.
Mr. Dreher is reacting to my recent victory in New York, which recently became the sixth, and largest, state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage. Mr. Dreher noticed with some alarm the same thing I noticed with some delight: the virtual absence of any effective defense of the marriage status quo.
Mr. Dreher had written a previous column complaining,
. . . that no conservative religious leaders had managed to articulate a persuasive case against gay marriage — this, because so few have been able to mount an effective defense of Christian sexual teaching since the Sexual Revolution.
Dreher is right. Like magic I’ve virtually silenced any intellectually coherent opposition to boyboysex and girlgirlsex, including state-sanctioned marriage of such sinfulness.
Oops! Did I say sinfulness? I’m getting ahead of myself. Hang on, my servants, while I explain what is really going on here.
My servants, what I’m about to share is highly confidential. If you are on a public computer, please take note of your surroundings. If someone can see your screen, casually scroll up or switch to another window now. Wait until you are alone before proceeding.
I recommend that you read Mr. Dreher’s article for yourself, as he adroitly lays out the situation facing those who oppose same-sex marriage in America. He makes the following salient observations:
- It is clear that aside from those who consider their moral judgments bound by Biblical religion … the point of privileging traditional marriage is increasingly lost on contemporary Americans.
- It is true that the relatively swift popular acceptance of same-sex marriage is breathtakingly revolutionary, and it is a cultural revolution that has been driven by elites. But traditionalists cannot for much longer pretend that gay marriage lacks popular support.
- [Same-sex marriage] is widely accepted by younger Americans, many of whom view the taboo against homosexuality as arbitrary and irrational.
And what does Dreher rightly conclude from these facts? Just this:
The point is not that there are no morally serious arguments for same-sex marriage. Of course there are. The point, rather, is that the arguments against same-sex marriage are now so countercultural. Even more depressingly, it seems to me true that so few people want to entertain arguments at all.
Dreher then responds to the question: What should pastors and other social conservatives say now?
First, according to Dreher, such people should acknowledge the truth of the situation, and resign themselves to the fact that the redefinition of marriage, and indeed the family, is inevitable and unstoppable. Americans are witnessing the inexorable ripening of the fruit of the sexual revolution, characterized by Dreher as “defeat that we are enduring.”
Second, Dreher correctly recognizes that,
For Christians, gay marriage is not the cause of our crisis. It is only a symptom, and a symbol of the new age.
And what is Dreher’s answer to the question above? This:
I don’t know what, precisely, pastors and other church leaders should say about this issue going forward. But unless it’s based on an analysis that’s sober, deep, and unsparing, their words will continue to be unavailing.
Let me help out here. There is an effective antidote to the cancer of the liberal-theology-fueled, secularized God-be-damned-politicoreligous-perverted road to legalizing my will on earth. And it is this:
Convincing one heart at a time of sin and righteousness, and framing the question as “what pleases God?”
Did you get that? I tell you this so you can deflect any such convincing as you see it. Silence it. Ridicule it. Challenge it as backward, cruel, intolerant, and/or just plain irrelevant. But stop it.
You see, there is no convincing the mind of a belligerent, convinced sinner of the moral nature of same-sex marriage. The boyboys and girlgirls simply don’t care. I ensure that by hardening their hearts and stopping their ears.
But the word of God is powerful, and the preaching of sin opens the mind to the convicting power of one greater than I, and once convicted of God’s righteousness, the question for the changed heart no longer becomes “can I rationalize this in my own mind as OK?” but “can I in my own heart know that this activity please God?”
You see, almost any chosen behavior can be mentally rationalized using and misusing the Bible for one’s own selfish purposes. Thus when one understands that “there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people,” all one need to is convince his own mind that his particular chosen sin is not truly immoral, impure, or greedy.
But when one frames the challenge as “Live as children of the light and find out what pleases the Lord,” suddenly the mental challenge to justifying sin becomes greater; in fact it becomes insurmountable to the honest heart.
Does anyone really believe the Bible approves of same-sex marriage?
Well, yes, in fact, many do.
Can anyone really make the case that same-sex marriage “pleases the Lord?”
Those who do can only do so by invoking the “God is a God of love, and a loving God loves all his chillens, including boyboys and girlgirls.”
And by this logic the “loving God” must love all manner of perversion among his chillens, and nothing could be deemed displeasing to him. Any other outcome makes God arbitrarily intolerant, and, thus unloving.
Clearly the question of what pleases God forces the issue in a different light that even those committed to sin cannot stand against.
Preach sin. Stress the personal responsibility of finding out what is pleasing to God. Let God change hearts.
And changed hearts will change society.
It’s as simple at that.
Fortunately I have such a huge advantage in numbers of hearts possessed that it’s unlikely that modern Christians have the staying power to reverse the course of American society toward total state-sanctioned sexual perversion.
In fact, with men it is impossible. Let’s hope, my servants, that the battle remains among men.
And the beat goes on.