The Christian Sage
10/21/14 at 12:22 PM 2 Comments

SermonGate: The Bigotry of Tolerance in Houston

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vince hokkanen

The Houston Mayor’s office may have been caught up in a First Amendment violation; seriously? Is it possible that the attorneys that represent the city of Houston simply overreacted in subpoenaing sermons from the 5 ministers? Perhaps the summoning of the sermons proclaims something more fundamentally problematic… incompetence.

The beckoning of the words on paper is just another step in the incremental process of silencing Christians. I find it fascinating that the people of Houston vote in a Mayor who is open about her GLBT lifestyle and then clamor about her perceived intolerance towards people of faith. The inquisition of sermons doesn’t surprise me at all; I expect it.

The so-called gay rights movement has been shouting for years that they collectively have been treated with intolerance by bigots. There have been charges of hate speech, which is now criminal in most places, made against Christians. Our forefathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew that speech has become illegal. We have all heard again and again the appeal for tolerance towards gays. It seems however that the goose is not good for the gander.

A better word to describe the GLBT movement is hypocrisy. Tolerance of the gay lifestyle seems a great idea when applied to their cause, but when it comes to people of faith that same tolerance is not extended. Many Christians fundamentally disagree with the gay lifestyle because their worldview prohibits that activity. When will finally see that the posturing of a small group over and against the rights of others through legal means is tyranny of the most insidious kind. This is not a fight for human rights; it is a fight for legalized bigotry towards Christians, what they are calling “hate speech.” They are winning.

Apparently, these days, it is illegal to disagree with someone publically. Pastors in Canada have been arrested for so-called hate speech. Christians are being persecuted in the Middle East, Asia, China, and elsewhere simply because they speak of their faith. Most often, the charges brought against those Christians are preposterous. Hate Speech Laws are just as immoral as the words those laws are trying to stop. Words… 40 years ago the illegalization of speech would have been intolerable to the culture of the day. The iconic words used in the 60’s and 70’s; peace, love, brotherhood, were used to convey an ideology that has torn asunder our culture at its root under the guise of tolerance. Yes; tolerance of wickedness.

Christian’s are challenged in Hebrews 12:14 to live at peace with all men, but we are to nip in the bud any tendency that would be inimical to it. We are to eradicate any incipient sin that would undermine the grace of God. Yes, we are to love our neighbors, but not tolerate their behavior. We do not have the moral right to slander our neighbors. We do not have the moral right to steal their belongings. We have the moral obligation to pursue peace with all men, however, as Abraham Kuyper said more than a century ago, “When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”

Silence in this case is not our friend, and that is precisely one of the objectives of the GLBT movement… silencing Christians by legal means. Todd Starnes posted an article on that quoted Erik Stanley an attorney of the Alliance Defending Freedom that the intent of the subpoenas was nothing more than a, “strong-arm intimidation tactic to silence these pastors.”

Why would we allow men to use a bathroom that is segregated for women and little girls and vice-versa, isn’t that immoral? Do you really want your daughters exposed to a man in such sensitive place as a restroom? They are actually calling the bathroom bill HERO! Flagrant temerity. I guess 50,000 petitions signed against the bill must have irregularities. Folks, we must not shut our mouths.

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