Indirection Not Effective Response to Secularization, Homosexuality
The president was direct, and so was the vice president. They didn’t mince words about their support for gay lifestyles. The church’s opposition has to be direct as well. It’s not enough to let liberal government always have its way. Where should the line be drawn?
The secularization of society seems to be proceeding without being challenged. It’s not enough to simply “go on record” about where the church stands. To meet the everyday wide-open advocacy of gay rights by politicians and the media, established religions have to be more confrontational. Muslims are willing to take a stand in public when their moral standards are threatened. Christians should too.
The worst response for churches is to remain silent, perhaps not wanting to offend members of the congregation who feel that they can pick and choose whatever, as if there is no moral authority they must answer to. Churches that don’t speak out frequently and forcefully are actually broadcasting their own doubts about what’s right and wrong.
Most Protestant churches don’t like to take on larger social issues, as if it’s always the individual who must make the choice between right and wrong, after studying the Gospel and other teachings of the church.This approach doesn’t come close to being an effective response to the overwhelming secularization of society we are witnessing. Homosexuality is fueled by sexual hedonism just as the 1960s was, but is very aggressive in the absence of moral restraint and tradition.
The problem won’t go away. Libertarian secularists won’t stop pushing the moral envelope. A loving, caring relationship isn’t enough of a commitment. Next will come advocacy for incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and beyond, using the same faulty logic. God has given us not only moral guidelines, but the active ability to fight against evil. Defensive silence and passive acceptance will only make things worse. Do we need to ask Muslim fundamentalists to conduct workshops for us?