The Conservative blogosphere is in an uproar over a city implementing what amounts to nothing more than a local Civil Rights Act. So, what is the big deal?
Liberals, after dealing with years of homosexual-banning, creationism-teaching, Theocratic laws now have the upperhand to impose their secular Theocracy. Apparently, theologically conservative preachers have been subpoenaed so that they must present copies of sermons critical of the law. While, not banning their freedom of speech in of itself, the chilling effect is clear.
However, as I have said before, this is what happens when we as a society believe that it is the government’s job to legislate morality and to teach it in schools. The moment the majority of society no longer derives their morals from the Bible and Church Tradition, what sort of morality do you expect the government to be pushing? Secularism.
Secularism is the religion of worldliness. Friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). Satan is the prince of this world (2 Cor 4:4). The world does not believe in tolerance, it believes in compulsion.
Congratulations people of America, you just handed over your laws and schools to the Beast. There is no buying or selling without the mark of the Beast. Those who give a testimony against the Beast are to be beheaded (Rev 20:4).
We are not quite there yet, though there are definitely semblances of it. While America does not have hate speech laws yet, we are almost there. Civil rights legislation, like that in Colorado, has made it where you have to make a wedding cake to celebrate an occasion that you view as pure evil. If you do not comply, you get punished for it. Will the day eventually come where we may have to die for our faith? Certainly.
What should Christians do? First, we need to be peacemakers (Matt 5:9). “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Rom 12:9). That means not getting all judgmental on people that are gay, mentally ill cross dressers, or whatever else. It is easy to point at people that are “strange,” but I ask you “who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery” (Rom 3:21-22)? Do you commit adultery and murder in your heart? Do you love your wealth more than the Lord and refuse to part with it? Do you hate and therefore, commit murder in your heart (Matt 5:22, 1 John 3:15)?
Second, know whom you place your faith in. It is not your own righteousness, you don’t have any. Don’t pretend you are better than other people, even if they are strange. When the Scripture says, “The intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen 8:21) are you somehow excluded? “There is none righteous, not even one…There is none who seeks for God,” (Rom 3:10-11), says the Scripture, does none mean some? “For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all” (Rom 11:32).
That’s right, you, me, the liberals, the homosexuals, all of us left to ourselves seethe with hatred against God because of our disobedience to Him. Forget about not following the Ten Commandments, even if you never heard of them, you don’t even listen to your own conscience all the time (Rom 2:12-16). “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all” (James 2:10).
The only hope for any of us is Jesus Christ, because if we confess that He is Lord and that He rose from the dead we are saved (Rom 10:9). Our sins are nailed to the cross (Col 2:14) so we no longer stand condemned and “to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Rom 4:5).
Third, preach the good news without fearing the consequences. Don’t protest about your “free speech” and your “rights.” Use the opportunity to preach Christ’s name publicly and without shame. Often, this is hard to do. It can be embarrassing. In this world, it is easier to get all self-righteous about how you’re treated rather than go out there and preach Christ.
Honestly, when I see situations like the one in Houston unfolding, I believe we get to see the goats already being separated from the sheep.