America is at war and one of the battles being fought in that war is the battle over gay rights.
The outcome of this battle may very well determine what kind of a country we are going to be. Will the forces of light or darkness win this battle over special rights based on sexually deviant behavior? America is going to have to choose between homosexuality and religious freedom. There is no middle ground. This clash is a zero-sum game. Somebody wins and somebody loses.
Every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. Americans want to believe otherwise, that the right to gay sex and the right to religious liberty can co-exist, but they can’t. Everywhere Big Gay gains ground, Christians are forced into retreat.
America’s future hangs in the balance as this cultural conflict rages on, day after day. Whether America continues to be a “shining city on a hill” will almost certainly be determined by the outcome of this battle. Will America be a beacon for faith, family and freedom? If the forces of sexual normalcy and natural marriage prevail, America will continue to model God’s plan for the world. And what is God’s plan? The traditional family. Traditional marriage–one man and one woman. It is the staple of civilization. If the forces of sexual deviancy prevail, every part of our culture will be corrupted and contaminated beyond repair and American will plunge into a moral abyss of darkness and depravity.
A perfect example of what happens when sodomy wins is the soul-crushing tyranny being imposed on some of the wedding vendors in America. Christian bakers who refuse to bow to the Gay Gestapo now face fines and jail time. Their offense? Politely declining to bake a cake for Bill and Bob’s wedding reception.
Tammy Bruce, a lesbian writer, makes perfect sense when she says a baker who is forced to render service against his or her will is being exposed to a barely disguised form of slavery, and to be forced to do so against his or her conscience is nothing less than abject tyranny.
Religious principle, tolerance and rights of conscience mean nothing to the pro-sodomy crowd. They will ruthlessly crush anyone and anything standing in their path. They will do it without mercy and will not give it a second thought. In their quest for cultural domination, they will relentlessly extinguish the light of sexual normalcy and morality, as well as the light of Christianity. They have the desire and the will to crush biblical Christianity into millions of pieces. Right now, they lack the power, but, depending on the outcome of this battle, that may change.
Religious liberty is at the core of what America is all about. Religious liberty is the value that has set us apart from every other nation in the world. This country was founded by people who were seeking to escape the bonds of an oppressive king and establish a brave new world where religious freedom trumped everything. They wanted the freedom to worship God and serve Him in daily life according to the dictates of their conscience. That’s why the very first amendment to the Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the FREE EXERCISE thereof…”
The free exercise of religion means exactly that. It is the freedom to live out your faith, not just on Sunday mornings, between eleven and noon, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That includes the freedom to run your business according to Christian principles.
Without religious liberty, America is not America. It is something else. It is something alien. It is something foreign. It is something Washington and Jefferson would not even recognize. Washington drummed homosexuals out of the Continental Army. Jefferson wrote a Virginia law in 1778 that called for castration as the penalty for sodomy. The concept of the acceptability of same-sex marriage would have been inconceivable to the men who founded this country.
The LGBT lobby wants to push Christians into retreat. They want followers of Jesus Christ to never dare poke their heads out of their church buildings. This is the spirit of Hitler, a maniac who bottled up the Christians of his day inside the four walls of their churches. His fevered mind produced a propaganda machine which concocted slogans such as “Politics do not belong in the church” and “The church must be separate from the state.” He pushed those ideas in an effort to neuter Christians and paralyze the Church’s ability to resist his totalitarian impulses.
The gay rights battle is not over constitutional rights—religion, speech, the press, assembly and self-defense. Those are rights that must be protected for everyone. The battle is over SPECIAL rights. You can read the Constitution backwards and forwards, side to side, left to right and you will find no mention whatsoever of any right to engage in sexual perversion. You will find no mention of the right to compel others to, against their deeply held convictions, endorse, promote, sanction or approve of immoral, unnatural and unhealthy sexual behavior.
It was Winston Churchill who said, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope for victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
The time to stand against Big Gay, the homosexual war machine, is now. Today, the battle can be won. Tomorrow, there may be no hope for victory. If that’s the case, I’d rather perish than live as a slave to a perverse ideology that is anti-God and anti-American.
Ed Baswell pastors The Clarion Church and is the host of Crossfire Radio, weekdays from 7-9 am, on The Promise, 90.7 FM. The show is streamed live worldwide at promisetalkradio.org and at ktbs.com. It can be seen each day on the KTBS 24-hour, digital news channel.