If you study the homosexual movement over the past 30 years, you find some interesting changes in the message put forth by activists. For instance, 30 years ago, a common argument put forth by homosexuals and their sympathizers was a version of “We just want to be left alone to do what we want.” It was repeated often enough until it started to make sense in most people’s minds. It appealed to people’s libertarian, or ‘live and let live’ instincts. Fast-forward a few years to 2003, when the Supreme Court struck down all sodomy laws with Lawrence v. Texas. It was a victory for the “gay” movement. Now they could “love” whomever they wanted, without fear of being arrested. But even that was not enough.
Now, homosexual activists are attempting to force others to accept that their unbiblical sexual behavior is worthy of respect and sensitivity. In fact, homosexuals do not only wish to have widespread tolerance of their behavior; they wish to redefine what is “right” and what is “wrong” in society through a variety of cultural and governmental means. In the words of Paula Ettelbrick, the former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a homosexual advocacy group:
“Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process transforming the very fabric of society.”
This is where the homosexual agenda comes in, and it doesn’t end with warm “acceptance”.
For instance, take a look at some of the documented threats from homosexual activists after Washington State voters decided to repeal a 2009 law that gave all the rights and benefits of marriage to homosexual “partners.”
“I will kill you and your family.” “I’m going to kill the pastor.” “If I had a gun I would have gunned you down along with each and every other supporter…” “We’re going to kill you.” “You’re dead. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon … you’re dead.” “I’m a gay guy who owns guns, and he’s my next target.” “I warn you, I know how to kill, I’m an ex-special forces person.” “Get ready for retribution all you bigots.” “Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.”
This is the homosexual movement. When things don’t go their way, “tolerance” and “love” go out the window. The commenters above are certainly not alone in their sentiments. It’s pretty clear that most homosexuals vehemently resent any opposition to their sinful behavior.
Granted, there are some (e.g., Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church) who spew hatred for homosexuals, but they should not be called Christians. People like Phelps preach a false gospel — their preaching leaves out the gift of the grace and forgiveness of God through repentance and faith. Without the grace of God, we would have no Gospel.
So-called “Christians” like Fred Phelps are totally antithetical to Biblical Christianity because they do not espouse a Biblical view of the intersection of sin, repentance and grace. Show me a “Christian” doing violence to a homosexual, and I’ll show you someone who is perverting the words of Christ to their own peril. Show me a homosexual doing violence to a Christian, and I’ll show you someone who is acting in accord with Romans 1.
Biblical Christians, while faithfully and boldly opposing the unbiblical homosexual lifestyle, are acutely aware of the depravity out of which Christ saved them. They understand I Corinthians 6:9-10 as a sobering passage wherein all manner of ungodliness is condemned, including that of homosexuality.
But Christians seeking to live in humility will never neglect the next sentence in verse 11:
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
This is a truly exquisite paradox. Biblical Christians live in the beautiful profundity of God’s forgiveness for the very sins they must now faithfully oppose. They understand that total obedience and submission to Christ and His commands is, in reality, the truest sort of freedom one can possess. This knowledge drives them to share Christ and His freedom with everyone, including homosexuals.