With President Obama's Inaugural Committee rescinding Evangelical Pastor, Louie Giglio's invitation from praying at the Inauguration, we have entered a new chapter in what is expected from all who will participate in the reformulating of American society along the lines of homosexuality. Apparently, the direction that we are heading states that if you affirm homosexuality as a good and normal way of life, then you are accepted. If you state that you believe that homosexuality is a sin according to your religious beliefs as derived from the Bible, then you will not have a role to play in the public square. That is as simple as I can see it. Whether or not we get to that point remains to be seen, but that seems to be the direction that some would like to take us. The New York Times article linked above says,
Officials at Mr. Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, which operates separately from the White House, announced the decision — less than 24 hours after news of Mr. Giglio’s sermon surfaced — and took responsibility for failing to properly vet him.
“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection, and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural,” said Addie Whisenant, the spokeswoman for the committee. “Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”
So, in the New Normal, no amount of good work, compassion, justice, or charitable initiatives will be able to remove the "stain" in the eyes of society that is upon you from declaring that you believe that homosexuality is a sin and that people can change through the power of Jesus. Unless you "repent" of your "sin" and find "atonement," and "forgiveness," then you are not allowed to take part in the New Normal of liberated. You are relegated to the corner where you can worship as you please, but you just can't say anything that disagrees with the status quo. Of course, your crime will be that you affirmed the Bible's teaching on sin and righteousness and why we need salvation and where it can be found.
Yes, this is where we are headed and I have been predicting it for years now. What we are seeing is the emergence of a new religion/faith system that will be just as firm and strong as any we have seen before. Christian thought will only be accepted if it bends on this issue.
How will we respond? Primarily, we respond by placing our faith in God instead of our culture or government or our place in society. We cling to the truth of the Gospel and do not compromise it to be accepted. I applaud Louie Giglio in this. We also recognize that we are all sinners and that we are all in need of a Savior. The issue is not homosexuality for the Christian. That sin is no different than any other sin that we all have dealt with in our lives. The issue is whether or not we will continue to call it sin and continue to call people to faith in Jesus as their Savior. We must be loving and accepting of all people, but we must not compromise the claims of the Gospel in the process.
Persecution is coming. We need to prepare for it. But, we do that by clinging to Christ more than anything else in this world. We are seeing that happen right now with Hobby Lobby and Louie Giglio's example. How will you respond when you are asked if you believe that homosexuality is a sin? Will you say that all that matters is if people are happy? Or will you say what the Bible says, that it is a sin, and that it is just one more reason why we all need a Savior because we all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God?
I hope that you will give a gospel answer.