I understand the desire of gay people to be accepted. Everybody wants to be accepted. But it seems to me that we’re on a slippery slope. Let me explain.
At first, gay people just wanted to be left alone. Society said, “If you think homosexuality is ok, there’s something wrong with you, and you should be punished.” Homosexuality was illegal. It was punishable by prison time, monetary fines, and other penalties. But then the view of society started to shift. We heard things like, “what is done in the privacy of the home is nobody’s business.” Movies promoted the idea that, well, gay people might be a little off, but they are kind of funny, and well, it isn’t really our place to say they can’t do whatever they want. End result: society said, “We will ignore homosexuality.”
Then people started to put forth the idea that homosexuality wasn’t bad, it was just “different.” We were told that gay people were just like us, and that there was nothing wrong with homosexuality. Once again, Hollywood promoted the idea that gay was ok. End result: society said, “We will accept homosexuality.”
At some point in the past ten years, there has been a decided shift from merely “accepting” homosexuality, to actively promoting it. Watching certain TV shows, reading certain books gives one the idea that not only are gay people “ok,” they are “better” than their straight counterparts. All of a sudden, people started thinking that being gay was not only “not bad” or “neutral” but that being gay was actually a good thing. End result: society said, “We should approve of homosexuality.”
And now that homosexuality is promoted as a good thing, those of us who still believe that the words in the Bible actually mean what they say when they say God says homosexuality is sin are being castigated. We are getting the message, “how dare you say that homosexuality is wrong!” End result: society is coming full circle, and is now starting to say “If you think homosexuality is wrong, there’s something wrong with you, and you should be punished.” We have reached the point where people are being punished for disagreeing with homosexuality. I have two examples of this.
Example number 1: Just Cookies. This is a bakery. They make cookies. It is a family operation. In 2010 a local college (IUPUI) was planning a celebration for “National Coming-Out Day.” The college decided to call Just Cookies and special-order some cookies with rainbows on them. The owner refused the order since he is a Bible-believing Christian, and he does not agree with homosexuality. He (rightly) believed that if people saw his cookies with a pro-gay message, they would think that he approved of homosexuality. The gay rights lobby told the city they needed to investigate this breach of the city’s “anti-discrimination” policy. Never mind that they were asking the bakery to make something they don’t make. They wanted this business shut down. They wanted the business to be kicked out of their lease on city property. Thankfully the city backed down and this man was allowed to continue to run his business with his values intact.
Example number 2: Aloha Bed and Breakfast. In 2007 a lesbian couple tried to book a room at this bed and breakfast. When the owner of the bed and breakfast clarified that they were a gay couple who wanted a room with one bed, she told them she was uncomfortable having lesbians in her house because of her religious views. The couple sued her for discrimination. Yesterday, April 15th, 2013, the first circuit court judge of Hawaii ruled in favor of the couple. The court has informed the owner of this bed and breakfast that she must allow gay couples to stay at her establishment. She now has two options: operate her business against her religious views, or close her business.
Many Christians, including myself, foresee a time in the near future when, like this lesbian couple in Hawaii, gay couples will come to our churches and demand that the church marry them. When the church refuses, there will be fines, prison time, or even closing the church down. That’s when the real persecution will start.
Advocates for gay rights don’t see why this is exactly the same as what our society used to do: they forced people to comply with their point of view on the subject. Is this the way we should behave in a free society?
Tolerance isn’t tolerance if you don’t allow people to disagree with you.