The Need for Thanksgiving

We are blessed in the United States to have a special holiday set aside for thanking God, but today the media and popular culture emphasize Black Friday to a greater extent than Thanksgiving. As grateful people, we will stand out in such a culture, and God will use our gratitude to Him for His glory. We learn a great deal about the importance of thanksgiving (not the holiday, but the act of giving thanks) in Luke 17:11-19.

11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

This event reflects, and consequently reminds us of, several realities.

  • First, while all should be thankful, gratitude is a rare commodity. In this incident, just one out of ten returned to Jesus to give thanks. Jesus asked, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”
  • Second, while certainly all ten men must have been relieved to have been healed, there’s a big difference between being relieved and being grateful. Quite often, once a crisis has passed, we forget our indebtedness to God. This apparently was true for nine of the ten who were healed.
  • Third, it is the nature of a grateful heart to express thanks. Unexpressed thanks isn’t really thanks at all. If you genuinely are thankful, you’ll find ways to express your gratitude. Luke tells us that the grateful man “returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.”
  • Fourth, expressions of gratitude may surprise us. Luke tells us that the one returning “was a Samaritan.” After He observed that just one out of ten returned to Him, Jesus said, “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” Let’s make sure that we’re consistently thankful, thereby at times surprising others with our expressions of thanks.
  • When the ten lepers asked Jesus for mercy and thus for healing, Jesus responded by telling them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They obeyed, and “as they went, they were cleansed.” It is significant that in order to return and offer thanks, the healed Samaritan postponed his obedience. We assume he followed through after thanking Jesus, but the postponement to offer thanks was appropriate and necessary. Accordingly, our fifth observation is that, like the nine other healed men, we can get caught up in doing something good and right but fail to fulfill our greater responsibility of expressing gratitude. Jesus didn’t say to the man who returned, “Didn’t I tell you to go to the priest?” Rather, He commended him for returning and praising God.
  • Sixth, gratitude has tremendous benefits for the grateful person. Jesus told the healed Samaritan, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
  • Seventh, gratitude to God and faith are intertwined. While Jesus didn’t tell the healed Samaritan his gratitude had made him well, He commended him for praising God—something he wouldn’t have done had he not been grateful. Then Jesus told him his faith had made him well. It takes faith in God to express thanks to Him. Keep in mind that we can’t please God without faith (see Heb. 11:6).

Thanksgiving, you see, is essential for the believer. May we be people who are grateful for the blessings we have, and may we always express gratitude to the God who is the source of those blessings.

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture has been taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Two Realms of American Life Rife with Gay Activists’ Bullying

Resist the Bullies: Part 2

I have said repeatedly that the unspoken gay activist mantra is “We will intimidate and we will manipulate until you capitulate.”
—Dr. Michael Brown1

Part 1 is available here.

Last time2 we discussed five specific ways militant homosexual activists are bullying the public.

  1. They do not respect the democratic process or the perspectives and will of public majorities.
  2. They disregard the large discrepancy between their miniscule numbers and the large size of the public at large, even promoting lies about their own numbers to gain political and cultural leverage.
  3. They disregard the facts. They make arguments they deem useful for the moment and then “dump” them when they no longer serve their purposes.
  4. They plead for tolerance but refuse to tolerate or respect others who disagree.
  5. Having achieved their interim goal of including same-sex couples in civil marriage, they are moving ahead to promote their primary goal, the total elimination of marriage and the family.

Against this backdrop, let’s consider two specific realms of American life radical gay activists have infiltrated and heavily influenced—the professional realm and the corporate realm. Looking at examples from each, we will see even more bullying on the part of the militant wing of the gay rights movement.

I use the term “professional realm” to refer to the arena of experts that includes doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others. Certainly not every individual in these professions has become a pawn of the homosexual movement. The first example we will cite illustrates this vividly, but it also reveals in stark terms the results of years of militant gays’ intimidation and political pressure.

Dr. Paul Church is a urologist who served for almost 30 years on the staff of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, he teaches at the Harvard Medical School. Motivated by what he’d learned and seen as specialist in urology, Dr. Church gathered irrefutable evidence that homosexual behavior poses very serious health risks. In light of the shear weight of this evidence, Church was gravely concerned about his hospital’s unmitigated support of gay pride celebrations.3 The hospital’s own mission statement says that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center exists to “provide extraordinary care, where the patient comes first, supported by world-class education and research.”4 Elaborating, the statement goes on to say,

The mission of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is to serve our patients compassionately and effectively, and to create a healthy future for them and their families. Our mission is supported by our commitment to personalized, excellent care for our patients; a workforce committed to individual accountability, [and] mutual respect and collaboration….5

Not only were the hospital’s actions hypocritical, but they also were deceptive and contrary to a high standard of medical ethics. Dr. Church voiced his concerns to hospital administrators and on the hospital’s intranet,6 and was fired for doing so.7

Said Dr. Church, “It is incredible to think they would be able to silence me and revoke my ability to be on the staff as a result of my raising valid health concerns over a risky lifestyle.”8 Even so, according to a pro-family organization’s report on the matter, “the BIDMC Medical Executive Board claimed that Dr. Church’s statements to colleagues about the medical dangers of homosexual behavior, and moral issues surrounding it, were ‘offensive’ and constituted ‘discrimination,’ ‘harassment,’ and ‘unprofessional conduct.’”9

Note carefully—the truth is irrefutably on Paul Church’s side, but that didn’t matter. Dr. Church appealed the decision against him, but to no avail.10

How can it be that the one with the strongest of cases and the one acting with the clearest of professional and ethical motives is deemed the villain? Yet this is where we are in America. Just wait till you see what homosexual activists have in store for you! For years homosexuality had been classified by the American Psychological Association as a mental disorder. According to Wikipedia,

In the early 1970s, activists campaigned against the… [Association’s official] classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, protesting at APA offices and at annual meetings from 1970 to 1973. In 1973 the Board of Trustees voted to remove homosexuality as a disorder category from the DSM, a decision ratified by a majority (58%) of the general APA membership the following year.11

Yet clearly, “the change in the APA designation was not due to new findings, but had everything to do with the lobbying pressure and tactics of the homosexual community.”12 Moreover, at the time, only 25 percent of the APA membership voted on the proposal. What appears at first to be an overwhelming majority actually wasn’t!13

Fast forward to 2015, when considerable pressure is mounting to officially call homophobia a disorder.14,15 That’s right. If you object to homosexual behavior at all, you’re the one with the mental problem. Although this assessment isn’t yet official, this is the direction in which we’re moving.

Reflect on how far we’ve come in such a short period of time. To dissuade the overseers of the mental and behavioral sciences from officially calling homosexuality a disorder and, just a few decades later, to influence them to consider declaring homophobia a disorder, truly is breathtaking.16 If gay activists can do all this without an official declaration of homophobia as a mental disorder, think what they can do when it becomes one!

Let’s consider another realm in which bullying is taking place—corporate America. Ironically, as in so many other settings, it is by condemning bullying and harassment that radical gay advocates gain the upper hand to practice harassment themselves. Corporate America has long been influenced by the demands of gay activists. We see this in the dramatic increase of “gay-friendly” companies in America in recent years.17 Here, however, I want to focus on the effects of efforts within a corporation to make the workplace “inclusive” and “safe” for LGBT individuals. A common effort will involve distribution of “Safe Space” emblems (or something similar) with an encouragement for employees to display them in their work areas. One website declares,

Display a Safe Space emblem in your office.

EQUAL! has developed this emblem to designate “safe spaces” in the workplace. The emblem bears a pink triangle, an internationally recognized symbol of positive gay identity, surrounded by a green circle, an international symbol of acceptance.

Displaying this emblem will let others know you support full participation of all members of the workplace, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, characteristics, or expression.18

Christians and others who adhere to traditional moral beliefs, however, do not support homosexuals with regard to their way of life. Their lack of support isn’t driven at all by hate, but by genuine concern and a desire for all coworkers to avoid harm and to experience the best life has to offer. Based on this conviction, should a Christian refuse to display a “Safe Space” emblem at work? If he or she refuses, even politely, this decision can and likely will be misinterpreted by the company and by fellow employees as hate and bigotry. One website describes similar scenarios.19 Even if you disagree with how the Christians responded to the diversity training in these situations, they still were made to declare their opposition to homosexuality and were effectively portrayed as adversaries of the company and of fellow employees. The program effectively “outs” Christians and paints them as hatemongers, even by implication. Who, then, is the real bully? The answer is obvious.

Several observations are in order at this point.

  1. Paul Church’s experience highlights that the militant homosexual agenda has no regard whatsoever for the truth or for people’s health and well-being.
  2. Church’s experience shows that militant gay activists and those who have bought into their lies will punish people who raise concerns about the gay agenda, even if those voicing concerns are motivated by professionalism and sound ethics.
  3. The push to call homophobia a mental disorder is a coercive and manipulative effort to silence and even crush those who refuse to affirm and celebrate homosexuality.
  4. Diversity training in the workplace isn’t really about equality, because no effort is made to promote respect for Christians and others with moral convictions. In fact, the opposite occurs.
  5. The stated goals of tolerance and equality are a front for coercion, intimidation, and forced compliance.

We must recognize bullying for what it truly is. When we do, we will be less intimidated and less likely to capitulate to the demands of those who are trying desperately to run roughshod over us and others. Also, we must act in appropriate ways to expose bullying by militant gays, something the mainstream media never will do. We always must be motivated by love, of course; but we must remember that love never acquiesces to lies. Rather, it upholds and declares the truth—just as Dr. Paul Church has done.

We’ll continue this series in two weeks, when we will look at additional things we must do to resist our would-be intimidators. Next week, we’ll reflect the importance of Thanksgiving.

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

Part 3 is available here.

Related story:
Feds Review Plan to Let Homosexuals Donate Blood: Politics play role as population has much higher incidence of AIDS, Hepatitis C infections

Update on Dr. Paul Church
Doctor Ousted for Talking About Risks of LGBT Behavior

Notes:

1http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/40860-the-gay-bullies-strike-again

2http://www.wordfoundations.com/2015/11/13/five-ways-promoters-of-the-militant-homosexual-agenda-are-bullying-the-public/

3https://stream.org/political-correctness-homosexuality-stops-doctors-jobs/

4,5http://www.bidmc.org/About-BIDMC/Protecting-Patients-and-Families/External-Vendors/BIDMC-Mission.aspx

6http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/doc-faces-boot-for-citing-gay-health-dangers/

7https://stream.org/political-correctness-homosexuality-stops-doctors-jobs/

8http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/doc-faces-boot-for-citing-gay-health-dangers/

9http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/15b/DrChurch-BIDMC/bod-appeal_100215.html

10http://www.breakpoint.org/point-home/entry/38/28483

11https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Psychiatric_Association

12,13 Richard C. Howe, “Homosexuality in America, Exposing the Myths,” [Tupelo, MS: American Family Association, 1994], 11). Available online: https://www.scribd.com/doc/12829966/Homosexuality-in-America-Exposing-the-Myths

14http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/breakpoint-commentaries-archive/entry/13/28370

15http://www.livescience.com/52146-homophobia-personality-traits.html

16http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/breakpoint-commentaries-archive/entry/13/28370

17http://www.ibtimes.com/worst-companies-work-if-youre-gay-50-fortune-500-companies-scored-zero-corporate-equality-index-20-1

18http://www.equal.org/safe-space-program/

19http://www.theinclusionsolution.me/what-should-you-do-christians-opposed-to-lgbt-diversity-training/

Five Ways Promoters of the Militant Homosexual Agenda Are Bullying the Public

Resist the Bullies: Part 1

Leftists are not about live and let live. They are about wholesale control. Their movers and shakers see society as their project, and they can change everything and everyone through government and their domination of the culture. There is no live and let live in their bones. In view of all this, it is amazing that so many conservatives, traditionalists and Christians are blind to the hostile, aggressive and unquenchable appetite of the leftist movement. It is chilling to me that they don’t realize this trend is going to continue until there is either a cultural or legal confrontation or the left stamps out all dissent. The left is never satisfied even with winning; they must stomp out the opposition.
—David Limbaugh1

The militant homosexual movement has greatly advanced its radical agenda through anti-bullying measures and policies.2,3 Of course, bullying in any form toward any individual or group is abhorrent and must be rejected. No one, including a homosexual, ever should be bullied. That said, we must describe the current situation in real and stark terms. Although evident for quite some time, it has never been clearer that militant gays and lesbians, many of whom have cried out against the bullying of homosexuals, have become the real bullies. While this double-standard has not been espoused by all homosexuals,4,5,6 it remains the posture of those promoting the militant gay agenda. Here are five specific ways that radical gay activists are bullying the American public.

First, militant homosexual activists do not respect the democratic process or the will of the people as expressed at the ballot box. We have seen their disrespect time and time again as homosexual activists used the courts to overrule the will of the people in 32 states7 where constitutional amendments were adopted through due process. Ultimately their quest led them to the Supreme Court of the United States, where by the thinnest of majorities, the court ruled in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage. The ruling sparked some of the harshest dissents in the history of the Supreme Court.8

We see the latest manifestation of this contempt for due process in a call for the Super Bowl, which Houston is scheduled to host 2017,9 to be held elsewhere.10 On November 3, 2015, Houstonians rejected a bill dubbed HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, by a 61 to 39 percent margin.11 The bill would have allowed males who self-identified as females—including sexual predators—to enter and use women’s bathroom and locker facilities.12 Houston’s openly lesbian mayor fought hard for the measure, at one point even violating the civil rights of five pastors by subpoenaing their sermons.13 Activists’ calls for the relocation of the Super Bowl showcase their bullying prowess.

Second, closely related to the issue of elections and the democratic process, gay activists do not care at all about the miniscule size of their numbers in comparison to the population at large. It should not surprise us, then, that they are ready to bulldoze over everyone else to get their way. Certainly the members of all minorities should be respected as persons and treated with dignity—but surely members of majorities ought to be treated respectfully as well. Research places the number LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered) individuals at just 3.8 percent of the total population, with only 0.2 percent of the population-at-large being transgendered.14 Other research indicates the number to be even less.15 Knowing larger numbers are necessary to draw greater sympathy and political clout—and to promote an illusion of normalcy—activists have perpetuated the lie that 10 percent of the population are homosexual.16 The lie has worked; most Americans believe the LGBT community is much larger.17 Don’t swallow this lie or its implications. This leads us to the third point.

Third, militant gay activists don’t care about the facts. They promote their agenda using arguments that they deem useful for the moment, but they abandon those points once they have “outlived their usefulness.” Writing in The Weekly Standard, Jonathan V. Last quotes Brandon Ambrosino, a writer and a dancer who admitted:

[I]t’s time for the LGBT community to start moving beyond genetic predisposition as a tool for gaining mainstream acceptance of gay rights. .  .  . For decades now, it’s been the most powerful argument in the LGBT arsenal: that we were “born this way.”…Still, as compelling as these arguments are, they may have outgrown their usefulness. With most Americans now in favor of gay marriage, it’s time for the argument to shift to one where genetics don’t matter. The genetic argument has boxed us into a corner.18,19

Ambrosino now prefers to embrace the idea that sexual orientation is malleable and even a choice. After all, shouldn’t people be free to live and do as they please?

There’s more. Last quotes another gay activist who acknowledges “some truth to the conservative claim that gay marriage is changing, not just expanding, marriage.”20 Suppose, for example, that the promiscuity practiced by homosexual men in “monogamous” relationships were to spill over into the heterosexual community and be emulated. (A high percentage of homosexual relationships are promiscuous.21) That would change the institution of marriage, after all!22 And what about advocates of natural marriage who contended that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would open a Pandora’s Box, making it impossible to limit marriage to two people? They were ridiculed when they made this point, but now that same-sex marriage is legal, some activists are willing to say that, well, yes, polygamy probably ought to be legalized as well.23,24 Like their playground counterparts, LGBT bullies, ignoring the facts, run roughshod over their victims at every turn.

Fourth, gay activists plead for tolerance but are among the most intolerant people in the world. For brevity’s sake, let’s cite just one example. Perhaps nothing brings out greater vitriol from LGBT activists than an individual’s claim that he or she is ex-gay. Now, certainly homosexuals can have their own opinions about the validity of such a claim, but true tolerance respects those with whom one disagrees. Were gay activists really tolerant, they would respect the rights of others, even those who say they are ex-gays, to live as they see fit and to make their case in the marketplace of ideas. Instead, militant homosexual activists vilify ex-gays, discriminating against them with reckless abandon.25,26 We must not allow same-sex marriage advocates to get away with intolerant behavior simply because it is cloaked in a mantle of tolerance.

Fifth, as the previous four items have indicated, militant gay rights advocates see the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples as a step toward a larger, more important goal. They seek to remake society altogether. Matt Barber, an astute cultural observer, has understood this for years.27 This is a spiritual war! Do not think that appeasement or compromise will ward off further demands. Homosexual militants never will be satisfied.28

What goals are being sought? Marriage, one activist believes, must be totally abolished.29 She is not alone.30,31 Dissenters—advocates of traditional, man-woman marriage—must be coerced into accepting and even celebrating same-sex unions. At the very least, they must be silenced.32,33 This truly will recast American society into a virtual dictatorship: “Celebrate with us or else!”

Just as school kids must never surrender the playground to bullies, so we as Americans must never give in to the militant homosexual activists. Resistance is absolutely essential if we are to remain a free society and avoid living under tyranny.

By the way, the five items we’ve mentioned here do not constitute an exhaustive list. Stay tuned.

Part 2 is available here.
Part 3 is available here.

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

For further reading:

The Daily Caller: Why the Super Bowl Must Stay in Houston by Scott Greer

RenewAmerica: Unmasking the “gay” agenda by Matt Barber

Notes:

1http://patriotpost.us/opinion/36173

2http://abcnews.go.com/US/school-anti-bullying-programs-push-gay-agenda-christian/story?id=11527833

3http://www.americanclarion.com/using-anti-bullying-laws-to-bully-others-428

4http://www.wnd.com/2015/09/madonnas-gay-brother-defends-kim-davis/

5http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/gay-radio-host-defends-indiana-pizzeria

6http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/03/14/legendary-gay-designers-oppose-gay-marriage-gay-parenting-surrogacy/

7http://www.wordfoundations.com/justice-denied/

8http://factn.org/yes-you-can-resist-the-obergefell-marriage-decision/

9http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Houston-awarded-Super-Bowl-LI-in-2017/3ad93a1a-db03-4f10-8d67-d413538cc8c5

10http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/04/bathroom-ordinance-losers-ask-nfl-cancel-2017-super-bowl-houston/

11http://www.bpnews.net/45781/houston-voters-celebrate-bathroom-ordinance-defeat

12,13http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/november/houston-voters-reject-bathroom-bill-transgender-lgbt-hero.html

14http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/06/why-the-super-bowl-must-stay-in-houston/

15http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/you-will-be-assimilated_969581.html?page=1

16http://www.truenews.org/Homosexuality/homosexual_myths_and_facts.html

17http://www.gallup.com/poll/183383/americans-greatly-overestimate-percent-gay-lesbian.aspx

18http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/you-will-be-assimilated_969581.html?page=1

19,20,21,22,23http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/you-will-be-assimilated_969581.html?page=2

24http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/you-will-be-assimilated_969581.html?page=3

25http://www.peterheck.com/libtree/liberty_tree/view/1956/the_most_discriminated_against_group_in_america

26http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/ex-homosexuals-marriage-slammed-by-activists/

27http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mbarber/080213

28http://patriotpost.us/opinion/36173

29http://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/homosexual-activist-admits-true-purpose-of-battle-is-to-destroy-marriage/

30http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/03/02/the_case_against_marriage_the_state_should_stay_out_of_it.html

31https://www.facebook.com/notes/barbara-carrellas/barbara-carrellas-top-ten-reasons-why-marriage-should-be-abolished/10151541489844668

32http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/26/gay-marriage-and-religious-freedom-are-not-compatible/

33http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/gay-marriage-or-religious-freedom-you-cant-have-both/

 

 

A Lifesaving Vision

Never Stop Declaring God’s Truth

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.  Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.  Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
—John Adams1

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
—Noah Webster2

Proverbs 29:18 is a widely known passage of Scripture; but unfortunately, it frequently is misinterpreted and misunderstood.3 In the cultural climate of our day, it is critical for believers to be aware of just what Solomon meant—and ultimately, what God means—in this verse.

In the King James Version of the Bible, Proverbs 29:18 reads, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The connotations that words like vision and perish convey to the modern ear and the cultural context of modern American Christianity may lead many to believe the first portion of this verse means something like this: “Without a noble and lofty goal, people flounder; they do not reach their fullest and brightest potential.” Consequently, this verse often has been used as a biblical foundation writing a church vision statement.4 Church vision statements certainly are helpful, but here Solomon isn’t speaking of goals, ideals, or vision statements.

The latter part of the verse, “…he that keepeth the law, happy is he,” supplies a strong hint about the meanings of vision and perish. Consider the following.

  • The Hebrew word translated vision refers to a revelation or proclamation of God’s truth.5
  • The word rendered perish means “to be loosened, or to display a lack of restraint.”6

Thus, the New King James Version actually offers us a much more accurate translation: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.” With this clearer understanding, we are reminded of another principle that appears twice in the Book of Proverbs: “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25).

We do not have to look far to see evidence of the truth of Proverbs 29:18. We saw the positive side of this principle playing out on election day, November 3, 2015, in Houston, Texas. By a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent, Houston voters rejected HERO—the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Had it become law, this proposal

would have banned discrimination against transgender people, allowing, for example, men who “perceive” themselves as women to use women’s restrooms, locker rooms and other gender-specific facilities in the city.

Anyone opposing or obstructing them could have been fined $5,000.7

Passing HERO had become a cherished goal for Annise Parker, Houston’s openly lesbian mayor, and she and her administration worked diligently—and even unethically—to make it law. Pastors, however, were among a coalition of concerned citizens who sought to give the people the opportunity to vote. At one point in the months-long process, five pastors were even targeted with subpoenas. You can read the complete story here and here. The bottom line is that a clear moral declaration from church leaders helped the city avoid a policy that would have engendered moral chaos.

This is not to say that our nation needs moral guidance only; surely it needs the good news of Jesus Christ more than anything else. Yet we must understand that it is the gospel and its corresponding principles of moral and ethical truth that compel pastors and Christians to speak out when God’s truth is met with skepticism or rejection. The gospel is connected to calls to repentance and righteousness (see Mark 1:4). Moreover, a cultural atmosphere in which righteousness can flourish is foundational to the liberty and freedom Americans have enjoyed over the years of their nation’s history. Our Founding Fathers understood these connections.

While Houston’s rejection of the bathroom bill is cause for celebration, we must be aware that these kinds of battles are on the increase. In fact, the Obama Administration is trying to force an Illinois school district to open the girls’ locker room facilities to a male who is saying he’s really a female.8 Think about that! Our federal government is promoting a policy that would permit males to invade women’s restrooms and locker facilities! This effort stands in direct opposition to the task God has assigned to governments. It is no coincidence that one report on the conflict in Illinois bears a title that begins with the words “Complete Anarchy.”9 Remember that a failure to declare God’s truth leads to a lack of societal restraint.

Some say that pastors must avoid political issues. The gospel, however, addresses every area of life, including public policy. Pastors should not be prevented from sharing biblical convictions of any kind openly and freely with their congregations. Accordingly, Alliance Defending Freedom sponsors Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an event in which pastors are encouraged to speak the whole counsel of God’s Word, even as it relates to politics and public policy.10 A parallel effort called the National Black Robe Regiment also is making its mark on America.11

Why are such efforts worthy of our support? Because we affirm the truth of Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”

Copyright © 2015 by B. Nathaniel Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture has been taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Notes:

1http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2007/09/the_judeochristian_values_of_a.html

2http://www.searchquotes.com/quotation/All_the_miseries_and_evils_which_men_suffer_from_vice%2C_crime%2C_ambition%2C_injustice%2C_oppression%2C_slave/197196/

3http://chrisbrauns.com/2010/06/where-there-is-no-vision-the-people-perish-one-of-the-most-misinterpreted-verses-in-the-bible/

4http://chrisbrauns.com/2010/06/where-there-is-no-vision-the-people-perish-one-of-the-most-misinterpreted-verses-in-the-bible/

5https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2377&t=KJV

6https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6544&t=KJV

7http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/houston-voters-reject-lesbian-mayors-transgender-agenda/

8http://www.christianpost.com/news/chicago-school-girls-bathroom-transgender-male-student-district-211-149183/

9http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/complete-anarchy-transgender-boy-hits-girls-showers/

10http://adflegal.org/issues/religious-freedom/church/key-issues/pulpit-freedom-sunday

11http://nationalblackroberegiment.com