Friday, May 23, 2014

The "New" Tolerance Is Intolerance To Christians

When it comes to same-sex “marriage,” our culture just like our president, has definitely evolved. After all, it was only in 2008 that a strong majority in California—yes, California—passed Proposition 8 which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
But when our president changed his mind a few months before the 2012 election, the cultural floodgates opened, particularly in the American workplace. Later that summer, Chick-fil-A faced angry boycotts when CEO Dan Cathy’s views and donations in favor of traditional marriage became public knowledge.
The workplace pressure has only continued. Christian bakers and photographers who do not want to participate in what they consider to be a sin have been fined and faced being shut down. Attempts to protect their religious liberty, such as Arizona’s State Bill 1062, have been crushed through threats of economic boycotts and media shaming.
More high-profile voices have also faced this smash-mouth, brass-knuckle treatment. Just weeks ago Brendan Eich, the accomplished founder and CEO of search-engine company Mozilla, was forced to resign when he was “outed” for donating all of $1,000 to Proposition 8 eight years ago.
We’ve all heard what A&E tried to do to Duck Dynasty when Phil Robertson expressed his disapproval of the “gay lifestyle.” And more recently, the Home and Garden TV network canned the Benham brothers, David and Jason, for their supposed “anti-gay” and “anti-choice” beliefs. Apparently one cannot even host a home-improvement show if one does not also parrot the new sexual orthodoxy.
The UN is wanting the Vatican listed as a torture supporting state because of the stance against abortion that has been repeated by Pope Francis.  The argument by the UN is that it is psychological torture for the Vatican to refuse abortion rights to Roman Catholic women.  An Anglican bishop has been charged with a hate crime in the UK for calling the gay lifestyle "a perversion and an abomination before God".  A Lutheran minister in Germany refused to marry a gay couple and now he is being charged by provincial authorities in Bavaria with "professional discrimination".  This signals a possibility of things to come in the US for ministers, priests, and rabbis who refuse to marry gays.
And then there’s the case of Miami Dolphins football player Don Jones. When the Dolphins selected a gay athlete and cause celebre Michael Sam in the seventh round of the NFL draft, the celebratory kiss with his boyfriend was shown repeatedly on television. Jones reacted by tweeting “OMG” and “Horrible.” The Dolphins immediately suspended him and ordered him to undergo sensitivity training. Sensitivity training? Re-education? What is this, Communist China?
In every case, the message to those who disagree with all this sexual “tolerance” is clear: If you want to keep your job, shut up.  Do not dare oppose the gay agenda or we will take away your support and thus also punish your family.  You had better follow King Obama and his command from the throne to accept gays or else face royal wrath.
Apparently the sexual left cannot tolerate even the slightest dissent. As Kirsten Powers wrote this week in USA Today, “Welcome to the Dark Ages, Part II. We have slipped into an age of un-enlightenment where you fall in line behind the mob or face the consequences.”
Actually, welcome to Hegel's dialectic of the herd.  Any resistance will be met with instant punishment from the state and the Hegelian collective.  It is much more sinister than the Dark Ages could ever have been. 
It amazes me that the media and the homosexual movement, who fought for so hard for equality, apparently don’t see the rich irony of putting the economic screws to alternative voices.
Do not enter into a discussion.  Fire that Christian, destroy their business, make sure they cannot support their family, and most of all put them in jail for daring to stand for their faith.
As Powers notes, “They claim to be liberal while behaving as anything but. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview. Intolerance is its calling card.”
Facing such a McCarthy-esque onslaught, what are we Christians to do? Well, let’s keep speaking about marriage and God’s plan for human flourishing, despite the obvious and growing threats to our livelihoods. We owe it to our neighbors, and to the Lord.
Keep preaching the Gospel and refuse to accept watered down or false gospels written by those after the Apostles.  We must preach the Gospel and salvation only through Christ all the more.
As we do that we’ll need to be the Body of Christ, supporting one another in practical ways against the attacks of an increasingly intolerant culture, and those giving aid to those intolerant of Christians to advance their cults.
But as maddening and frustrating as this growing intolerance is, we need to speak winsomely whenever possible, making the issue about Him, not about us. We may not win in the court of public opinion, but that’s okay. As the Apostle Peter said, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”

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