Friday, April 3, 2015

Yes, It's Discrimination: But It's the Right Kind

We are full of compassion for the pizza restaurant owners who turned down a request to cater a "gay wedding" and because of that have been attacked and abused and punished by arrogant intolerant homosexualists. But why do people keep saying that refusing to service a gay wedding is not discriminatory? Of course it is.If you don't want to serve pizza for a gay wedding, you are discriminating against it.

The word discrimination took on a negative vibe with the civil rights movement. Yeah, it was way wrong to treat people like second-class citizens because of the color of their skin. But this gay thing is not the same. The color of one's skin is not a feeling or a desire or a behavior. Same-sex attraction is about out-of-bounds sexual feelings and desires that get played out in bad behaviors. Behaviors, feelings, thoughts, lusts, temptations, are not an ethnicity. And there are plenty of ideas and feelings and desires and behaviors that are rightly discriminated against in any orderly family or society. There are zillions of examples but the most obvious one is how prisons are full of disorderly people who are being discriminated against.

Everyone discriminates against plenty of ideas and people and things. Everyone should. We should all carefully and thoughtfully discriminate between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error, God and the devil, helpful and hurtful, health and sickness, male and female, child and adult, life and death, beauty and ugliness, value and worthlessness, real sex and fake sex, righteousness and wickedness, decency and indecency, sanity and insanity, selfishness and unselfishness, order and disorder, and so forth. But it's easy to see that this isn't happening anymore in some important aspects of all of the above, and because of this shift there is a lot of fallout occurring.

One example, among many, of the failure to rightly discriminate concerns the issue of sexual immorality.  Traditional values/Christian people in all walks of life have been so indoctrinated and beat down, and have become so afraid of being accused of  being "unkind" and "homophobic" and "bigoted" that they long ago gave up speaking out against highly risky and harmful lusts and behaviors. But they still believe it's all wrong, and as a last resort they have hung the survival of Religious Freedom on only one thing: the support of traditional marriage, pretending they are not discriminating against anyone. This is a distraction and will not work.

"Gay marriage" is just a ruse, a very cleverly calculated tactic to get everybody to celebrate homosexual behaviors, that is, give up their religious freedom. And it is working.

Gay marriage is just sexually immoral behavior by another name. Most gays have no interest in any sort of marriage. The gay lifestyle especially among males is not known for the sharing of worldly goods or everyday lives with sex partners any more than prostitutes share anything but sex with their customers. The gay lifestyle by nature is pornographic and promiscuous in the extreme. At its core it isn't about children or family or God or anything like that. Regardless of  those few damaged, duped same-sex couples who may, through the power of suggestion,  "marry" out of sincere fondness for each other, and then contrive to get children because they truly want children, the whole idea of gay marriage is about thumbing one's nose at God and reality and order and posterity, and bringing the whole institution down. A lot of vulnerable people are mere pawns being exploited to bring the larger agenda about.

We repeat. Christian conservatives seem to have lost their way on this issue. They say, "We don't discriminate against gays, we just believe marriage is between a man and a woman." Huh? This is intellectually dishonest and spiritually negligent. Gays are obviously doing the things these Christians object to, and yet Christians wait to draw the line at some fake ceremony? So let us get this straight: they don't care at all about the immortal souls of gay people, just some stupid party? Time was when such behavior was considered wicked, disorderly, dangerous to society. There were laws against it until quite recently. Now it's just some contrived celebration that lasts a few hours that offends our religious sensitivities. Really?

We get it. Nobody on our side wants to appear to confront or condemn individuals. That's not our style. We'd rather just accept and "love" them into repentance, or rather just into good behavior, or rather, just into keeping up the appearance of good behavior. As a matter of fact, fewer and fewer so-called Christians believe in sin and repentance much anymore, especially when it comes to homosexuality. This is a decidedly anti-Christ notion. This shift has resulted in more and more Christians making a lot of excuses for those who claim any manner of  LGBTQI+ identity: They didn't choose it. They can't help it. We don't want to "lose" them. It's none of our business. In order to get along with the sexually immoral people in our lives we choose to ignore our God-given power to discriminate between good and evil. We resign as our brother's keeper.

We're not talking about people who have loved ones and friends who have self-identified as gay but who make their belief that it is wrong and harmful crystal clear. This is tricky, but there are plenty of people who are successfully doing it. They keep up their relationships with these confused/rebellious loved ones and seek the Spirit to know what to say and do that would truly help these people or at least not encourage them in the bad things they think and do. Who we are talking about are those who pretend nothing's wrong. Going along with sin is the easy way, it isn't Real Love, and it isn't working, is it?  Somebody, anybody, show us how giving in to sin has ever worked to change anybody. Show us in the scriptures. Show us in some personal experience. It's the gospel of Jesus Christ that changes people from the inside out, that works better than anything else, that makes people begin to become truly Christlike (humble, patient, long-suffering, righteous, holy). But very very few people are trying that anymore. What's the result?  We're not winning gays over; they are winning us over! One example is that there are very few people who call homosexuality a sin anymore.

And guess what? Gays are highly discriminatory themselves, we're sure in some good ways and also in some very bad ways. Not only are militant gays intolerant in the extreme toward people who don't embrace their sexual inclinations and behaviors as normal and equal and right, gays discriminate on something as shallow as personal appearance among each other. If a potential sex partner they found on the internet shows up and isn't attractive enough, the deal's off.  They are perhaps the most discriminatory of all types of people because they wish to absolutely destroy anybody who won't celebrate their behavior. This is crazy. If we don't participate in your party, you find ways to persecute and punish and ruin us? Really? This isn't just crazy, it's downright dangerous. What's next?

We ought to ask: what side of the gay issue is getting away with discrimination? One will inevitably be allowed to discriminate against the other. These days evidence strongly points to gays singling out and pressuring and punishing Christians, other than the other way around. Too bad. Our vote was for judging on the basis of goodness and truth, on righteous discrimination. No, we don't think homosexuality is good for anybody, "married"or not. Righteous discrimination is what every civil society is built upon, and civilizations don't last long without it.

Even back in the early nineteenth century, William Wordsworth wondered about good people losing "the discriminating powers" of their minds. Christians, let's quit with the phony politically correct nonsense. If we truly love our fellow man we'll stand for truth and righteousness in every scenario, not just because a gay couple walks into a restaurant to order pizza for a "wedding." Is men burning in their lust toward one another wrong or not? Is doing that which is unseemly an abomination in the sight of God, or not?  Do we care about these people's immortal souls, or not? Do we believe the Bible is the Word of God or not? If you think about it, many Christians are hiding behind traditional marriage and religious freedom just like the gays are hiding behind gay marriage and sexual freedom.

Yes, Christians may well have a beam in their own eye. It's because they made concessions expedient for them, because they accepted homosexuality in principle (as an  identity), because they now turn a blind eye to the physically and spiritually destructive ideas and sexual behaviors of their brothers and sisters, because they let the camel's head in the tent, because they allowed this sinful "identity" to be normalized, because at the top of the slippery slope they surrendered their God-given power to righteously discriminate on crucial issues, that any of this is even happening.

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