Henny Penny and Seismic Indicators
Is the sky falling, or have the foundations shifted? Maybe both but one’s perspective determines whether the problem descends from the sky or erupts from the earth. To those who believe that America is a Christian nation or once was, the decisions of the Supreme court plus the stand of the President, the triumphalism of Liberalism, and the seeming avalanche of culture with it’s media suggested inevitability is galling, threatening, horrifying, and enraging. To these folk the judgment of God has either already begun, or will come soon. To those who want somehow to be a Christian witness of the Gospel, with compassion for those in homosexual angst and desire, who believe that Christians are and ought to be a witnessing minority in a world of wickedness (and that without being judgmental or condemning), and that somehow those fundamentalists who are nearly apoplectic represent a terrible witness to the Gospel, are urging a calm, cool, and dispassionate response. Though I have some sympathy in both directions I don’t think we can or should settle for either option.. Of course there are others who claim to be believers who actually celebrate the Court’s decision as an expression of justice and see no issue with allowing homosexuals to enjoy the legal privileges of marriage like everyone else. Paint me homophobic, since I despise such an opinion. Those who hide in pietistic Gospel-speak, while certainly seeming sincere in their desire to be a loving and faithful witness in the midst of a fallen world seem to express no active theology of justice, politics, government, or culture. One wonders how much of the island needs to be swept out to sea before somebody starts taking erosion seriously. This mild reaction to worse and worse decisions by government, presidents, and the courts seems to imply that it doesn’t matter if a nation endorses wickedness, applauds immorality, and allows injustice. Maybe this is not your “injustice de jure.” I am an American, and though for me it was an accident of Providence (if there can be such a thing), I take my heritage seriously. I like to consider myself a patriot (IRS leave me alone), but I am not a typical conservative. I have lived my life for justice, for the poor, for the civil rights of African Americans. I am inter-racially married. Along the sojourn of my American experience I came to believe that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to life, were things we could and should never surrender, and we should pay with our lives if necessary to defend those freedoms. Yet, we seem to give our freedoms away now, incrementally, little by little. While this is happening my Christian brothers and sisters either seem to be terrified or telling me nothing is wrong. I find both in error, with one side acting as if they have no faith, while the other opinion is unbelievable in its naivete. I don’t ever think panic, fear, hatred, slander, rumor mongering, and lying are acceptable means of disagreeing with our cultural opponents. I have seen this in some who might call themselves conservative Christians. The believer should fear God, period. God is mighty, He will win, and nothing the Devil, all demons, or the wicked can do will change that. Whatever happens, we must always be hopeful in the love and victory of God. However, this doesn’t mean the believer shouldn’t be angry and realize there is something to hate. One cannot be righteous without hating evil, and there is plenty of evil to hate. It seems a lot of my gentle Christian friends find it easier to hate other Christians who embarrass them with their vitriolic demonstrations than the increasing spread of darkness and evil. We should never hate people, even those whose very clothes we should hesitate to touch. I think that if you are not bothered by this development there is something wrong with you, and if you think that the effects of the SCOTUS opinion will not roll downhill speedily, and all of over our freedoms, well just you wait. Yes, there has always been evil in the world since mankind introduced it. No, I don’t believe evil is always present to the same degree. Yes, I do believe it grows and I do believe there are times in history when it has been beaten back and freedom and justice have prevailed. Righteousness does exalt a nation, and sin is a reproach to any people and that fluctuates in history. The court did not force my state to recognize same sex marriage, yet, but it should never have allowed it to be recognized anywhere. It is not a question of equality before the law but one in which immorality is forced upon us as the new normal, and those who say it should not are labeled in a pejorative way by the majority of the justices in their official verdict. What is next? What political pursuit will there be against those states who have taken a stand, against those churches, groups, and individuals who resist this insidious perversion? You who tell me not to worry, what will I be able to do for you as your freedoms disappear, as your voice is stilled in the future since you refuse to use it now? I am not surprised by sin, Lord knows I have enough of my own. I am not calling for a return to a cruelty to the homosexual, or a failure to love. I am calling for a sense of urgency not simply about our faith as Christians, but for the survival of our nation as a new tyranny grows. We must resist this, we must become politically engaged, and we must not stand on the sidelines as if this doesn’t matter. Those of you who only want to preach the Gospel gently to your neighbors, and live a life of love, why don’t you care about your country? Do you think the immorality of unbelievers has nothing to do with you, that you and your children will escape the inevitable squeeze of relativism and the end of your freedom of conscience? I suppose one shouldn’t lose his head over power that sins; someone tell that to John the Baptist . I actually read American Christians who say it doesn’t matter what happens to America. Really? What lazy, apathetic, pie in the sky escapism is that? What terrible theology to not take life seriously, to not care about the injustice immorality always begets. America’s government is “of the people” so therefore it is us, and we will get what we stand and fight for or it will be taken by others whose vision for America’s future is far different from the one for which we had hoped. In case you haven’t noticed the other side is fighting for what they believe in. And yes I think America is important, not because it is the new Israel, or the Kingdom of God, but simply because it is where we live, where I raised my children, where I hope my grandchildren can grow and experience one of the greatest nations the world has seen, that in the midst of its bloody struggle to be great is having its foundations dismantled, and what will we do then, and what turmoil will there be for the world as a result?