A NEW TWIST ON "CHURCH VISITORS"
A Bible-centered church in Lansing, Michigan, was recently conducting worship services. The sanctuary was filled with families, including children. Suddenly, men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation on the main floor and in the balcony. "Jesus was gay!" they shouted, as they rushed the worship podium. Some hung a profane banner from the balcony, while others tossed fliers, glitter, confetti, and condoms into the air. Two women hurried to the pulpit and began kissing each other. The protesters screamed at the congregants and, in an effort to cause additional chaos, pulled the church facility's fire alarm.
This disruption was brought to Mount Hope Church by courtesy of a pro-homosexual, pro-anarchy group known as Bash Back, a few members of which are pictured above. The church was apparently deemed a fitting target of protest by virtue of its alleged "repression of queers." This in spite of the fact that Mount Hope Church does not attempt to identify itself as anti-homosexual, anti-choice, or right wing. It simply declares the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God. It is significant that, nowadays, such an affirmation is a sufficient pretext upon which to upset a service of worship.
The record of mission issuing from this church has been exemplary. It offers 24-hour counseling, prayer lines, catastrophic care for families confronting medical emergencies, support groups for men, women, and children dealing with various life problems, crisis intervention, marriage ministries, missions in dozens of countries across the globe, a construction ministry that has built over 100 churches, schools, orphanages and other projects throughout the world, an active prison ministry, as well as a host of other voluntary efforts. But because the church teaches that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, it is viewed by Bash Back and other militant homosexual groups as retrograde and repressive.
Several observations concerning this shameless display:
First, this civilly lawless, even criminal, response to Mount Hope Church has to do primarily with the failure of homosexuals to win on their initiatives at the polls. Make no mistake about it: these initiatives are not simply about the freedom to adopt a homosexual lifestyle. The United States Supreme Court has made it clear that, whatever a same-sex couple does in private, is their business. No, these initiatives are really about re-inventing American culture and, specifically, its sexual mores. Groups like Bash Back want homosexual marriage to exist on the same footing as heterosexual marriage. Because the American people have consistently opposed this idea, and their opposition is expressed through vanguard institutions like the church, such institutions become the primary focus of attack. The attack is, of course, a heavily symbolic one. A strike against American culture means setting poison at the roots. Belief in biblical precept is an excellent place to begin the process.
Second, we the people have the right to determine what kind of culture we want to sustain and to promote. No group of unelected officials, like the United States Supreme Court, should be allowed to usurp this authority. If citizens do not, for whatever reason, desire to live in a society that is openly hospitable to homosexuality, then so be it. Who is to say that such a preference is wrong or misguided? Do citizens no longer have the right to structure their own society? This issue has nothing to do with the freedom to be an active, practicing homosexual. It has to do with the freedom to formulate American culture and society.
Third, mainline Protestant churches, along with every liberty-loving organization in this country, should in unison unconditionally denounce the tactics of Bash Back and its sister groups. Not to do so is tantamount to supporting terror, disruption, and civil unrest, which serve to undermine the meaning of ordered liberty. If we desire to live in freedom as opposed to under authoritarian rule, then those who offend the dictates of freedom should be vigorously prosecuted and punished.
Whatever happened to the idea that one person's rights stop where the other's begin?
November 29, 2008