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Monday, August 1, 2011

Neville Chamberlain is Still Wrong

The lack of support from the American Christian community for the family and business of Marcus and Michele Bachmann as they’re targeted by the homosexual movement would make Neville Chamberlain proud.

Like the disgraced former British Prime Minister, who became a historic symbol of cowardice and complacency in exchange for peace at any cost, too many American Christians refuse to actually see the grim reality of the culture they live in lest that would mean they’d actually have to do something about it.

In case you missed it, Marcus Bachmann (husband of the GOP presidential candidate) dares to actually believe the Bible is true in his vocation, and not the pagan politically correct dogma of the day. Therefore, he helps those desiring to leave behind the depravity, emptiness, and self-destructiveness of homosexuality to embrace their new identity in Christ and find the peace that passes all understanding that comes only from an intimate relationship with Him.

For those of you that went to public school and received your duly-appointed taxpayer-subsidized indoctrination, this may sound like blasphemy until you actually meet one of the several thousand former homosexuals walking the streets in America today. Several of whom I have interviewed over the years. However, I have yet to interview a former African-American or a former Hispanic.

Regardless of whether or not you think Congresswoman Bachmann would make a good president is irrelevant to the point of this piece. There is a higher law at stake here than just the next presidential election, as important as that may be. Once again the double-standard that is corrupting our culture is at play. Once again Christians corporately seem either hesitant or completely unwilling to confront it, and until that changes few things in this country will for the better.

Remember a few years ago when Muslims ironically protested the Pope talking about Islam being a violent religion by lashing out violently? In a similarly self-indicting moment of clarity, the homosexual activists in the below video are likewise ironically protesting Marcus Bachmann referring to them as barbarians by being at least a bit barbaric.

Now, let’s turn the tables on the players involved.

Imagine for a second that you are a Christian that believes the Bible is true. You walk into an establishment that caters to those who indulge in homosexual behavior, and disrupt their business just as the homosexual activists do to Marcus Bachmann’s counseling clinic in the video. Imagine that you walk through the front door with a camera, open up your Bible to the Book of Romans’ first chapter, and read the following excerpt aloud:
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
 What do you think the reaction of the media, or the local police for that matter, would be to such behavior? Do you think it would be as giggly and friendly as the coverage has been of the boorish behavior of the homosexual activists at the Bachmann clinic, or the other GOP candidates they have “glitter-bombed?”

For the record, I wouldn’t typically condone a Christian behaving in such a manner, because the Bible teaches Christians to be far more concerned with their own behavior and the behavior of their fellow Christian than it does pagans, but that’s beside the point. The reality is there is a double-standard here, and that homosexual activists who often back phony-baloney anti-bullying bills are often themselves the bullies.

They target businesses. They target free speech. They target religious freedom. They target anyone and anything that doesn’t affirm their sinful and self-destructive dogma. They are the most rigid and aggressive fundamentalists in America. The truth is they and fellow knuckle-dragger Fred Phelps is a match made in Hell and deserves each other.

However, the rest of us who just want to live in peace and walk humbly with our God no longer deserve to be bothered by either of them.

They’re both bullies. Sadly, I’m a bit of an expert on bullies given my background. The one thing I know about bullies is they’re all the same. Once you no longer fear them and their tactics, they have no plan B. This is where my perceived fearlessness comes from. It’s a self-defense mechanism I developed based on the environment I came from. Once I got over being afraid of the bully at home, I ceased being afraid of bullies period.

For example, I know just for writing this I will get called every vile and vicious name in the book by those spouting “tolerance” and “diversity.” So what? Whatever happened to sticks and stones may break my bones, but words (or names) can never hurt me? Let the haters hate. My response is to kick the dust off my sandals, move on to the next town, and keep doing what I’m doing. I’ve read the end of the book several times. We win, and they lose, every time I do.

We succumb too often to these bullies. We let them have our bully pulpit, and they beat us to a bloody pulp with it. And bullies don’t stop beating you until you stand your ground. That’s true of these bullies as well.

As long as Christians continue to cower in fear of this scant minority of troublemakers, they will continue to feast on our fear. In the process they will maintain control of our schools and cultural institutions as well, and we will watch as the next generation turns its back on Christ and embraces an ideology that says people are good just the way they are and don’t need a Savior instead.

At the rate they’re going, it won’t be much longer that they’ll make it almost impossible for Christians operating within the free market to earn an honest living without succumbing to political correctness because of the pressure they’re putting on the system. During one of my many job conversations the past few months, I spoke to a radio management executive who told me it’s getting increasingly harder to sell advertising in national conservative talk radio despite the high ratings, because of how aggressive the homosexual agenda is in targeting increasingly squeamish corporations.

This is our own fault.

Any time a righteous majority is being bullied by maybe (generously) 6% of the population it is indictment on them, not the troublemakers. How is it that Corporate America is more afraid of offending maybe 6% of the population as opposed to the droves that faithfully attend churches on Sunday? This is another costly sign of our own complacency and compromise being used against us.

We refuse to stand up to these bullies with the right balance of grace and truth. I once spoke to a former homosexual activist named Charlene Cothran, and she told me it was a Christian woman boldly demonstrating that balance of grace and truth that God used to deliver her from that lifestyle and transform her life. Had that Christian woman cowered in the face of political correctness, Charlene Cothran might still be living a dangerous and self-destructive lie.

Neville Chamberlain Christianity is killing this country. We’re supposed to be peace-makers, not strive for peace no matter the cost. Not to mention, can there truly be peace without conflict? The peace I have now is a result of the conflict between the life God was calling me to live and the life I was living when He called me.

I believe homosexual activists are so aggressive and/or confrontational because they struggle with the same inner conflict I once did. Part of Marcus Bachmann’s mission appears to be bringing those struggling with that conflict who desire peace in their hearts to the foot of the Cross of the One that offers it. For that mission of mercy he’s being vilified by the very people he’s trying to save.

Perhaps if more Christians followed his example of not running away from the conflict there’d be more peace—both in our culture and in the hearts of those ensnared by the homosexual lifestyle.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
 Jesus Christ

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