The flood of homosexual acceptance has become a tsunami of approval and even applauding of and abdicating all norms of decency and common sense! Now, even the “conservative” National Review has raised the white flag of surrender suggesting a “compassionate compromise” with “transgenderism.” (A transgendered person is one who pretends to be the opposite sex.) The magazine, founded by William Buckley, worked diligently to elect Hillary Clinton by vigorously opposing Donald Trump! The allegedly conservative magazine was wrong about politics and is wrong about perversion. Makes me wonder what they are trying to conserve.
The magazine author (who self-identifies as: “Politically, I’m quite conservative, but I’m also a gay vegetarian”) declared that “transgenders” are “entitled to basic human dignity, just like everyone else.” However, the doctrine of transgenderism is weird, warped, and wrong, but he suggests we capitulate to a lie that would sentence “transgenders” to a life of regret and possible suicide!
It is long past time for people of principle to take a firm stand for truth even if it stings and alienates. That stand for principle must be done in high places although President Trump, loose on morals himself, took a stand for perversion when he asked Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and openly “gay” to be a main speaker at the GOP Convention. During his speech, Thiel declared, “I am proud to be gay.”
Hand me a barf bag.
And, recently Vice President Mike Pence has taken the same or similar compromising position by swearing in an openly “gay” ambassador!
Vice President Mike Pence officiated at the swearing in ceremony of Richard Grenell to be the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Grenell is the highest “gay” official in the U.S. Government. Pence called him “uniquely qualified” for the post. Did Pence compromise his Christian commitment in officiating?
Pence is hated by the LGBT crowd for his pro family positions taken during his long and public career. Furthermore, he did not gain any “points” with them for his part in sending a homosexual and his lover to Berlin to represent the American government! The only way to gain acceptability from the LGBT crowd is total acceptance, not just toleration, of their agenda. Consequently, they have bullied, badgered, and blackmailed shallow people into accepting, approving, and applauding the homosexual lifestyle as normal if not desirable.
Pence had clearly declared, “Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.” Good. He has also opposed same-sex “marriage” legislation. Very good. He supported the federal marriage amendment which sought to officially define marriage as between one man and one woman. Another good move; but has he changed his opinion?
Has Mike Pence flip-flopped on his belief that being “gay” was a choice and his opposition to same sex marriage was not discrimination but an enforcement of “God’s idea” of a man and a woman as a family construct?
He favored the military policy of not permitting soldiers to come out of the closet and said he did not want to see the military become a “backdrop for social experimentation.”
He also opposed Obama’s directive to require students to use the rest room of the gender with which they identified saying, “The federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature.”
However, we are aware of his embarrassing flip-flop on the Indiana bill to protect Christian businesspeople who refused to support the LGBT agenda. Yes, the heat from the sports people, business people, academia and even the religious left was unbearable; but then if you can’t stand the heat, you stay out of the kitchen. Mike caved and the LGBT crowd still hates him.
Of course, many people see no problem with perversion; however, Bible believers and even those only impacted by the Bible know that homosexuality has always been proscribed in every civilization. Homosexuality was wrong yesterday, is wrong today, and will be wrong tomorrow no matter what any court or authority might decide. However, stating that fact can be dangerous for its advocate. It might even cost one a political position.
Author George Orwell wrote, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” And it seems that is where we are today. The exertions of academia, media, Hollywood, and the courts have accomplished a remarkable feat: incredibly, they have transformed our nation in twenty-five years by their disingenuous, deceptive, and dishonest campaign. The permissive crowd has convinced most people to believe right is now wrong and wrong is now right. Decent living is now considered unnecessary and perversion is no longer repugnant, reprehensible, and repulsive, but is thought (by non-thinkers) to be courageous, commendable, and even cultured!
It seems we have come a long way, baby, in recent few years; but we’ve gone in the wrong direction. Stalwart Americans are standing athwart the gasping, heaving body of American culture saying, “You are wrong. Perversion is immoral and it will destroy those who practice it and it will destroy this nation.” Our lives should be directed by good judgment, common sense, and God’s commandments.
Homosexuality has always been considered an unspeakable crime against nature and against a holy God! It still is and the opposition refuses to discuss, dialogue, or debate the issue. Instead, they resort to accusations of hate, homophobia, and bigotry. Of course, that is easier than answering our objections. It is hatful, as well as unkind, to permit people to believe a lie even to make them feel good.
Some would argue that since homosexuality is acceptable, then it was perfectly legitimate for Pence to officiate at the ceremony. Others will argue that while perversion is wrong, Pence was only doing his job; however, swearing in people is not part of the job description of vice president. And even if so, he could have refused to do it and accepted the repercussions even to the point of being forced to resign. That is what principled politicians (of both parties) always did in the past but it has not been seen much in recent years.
I like Mike Pence as a person and a politician; however, he failed to live up to his own adage: “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” Does any knowledgeable person believe famous Christians of the past would have endorsed an outspoken homosexual? Can anyone believe John the Baptist would even suggest any kind of endorsement to a homosexual? I remind you that John preached against the King’s adultery with his (the king’s) brother’s wife even though it cost John his head. Where truth is involved, principled people don’t count the cost.
I am told that this is a losing battle. The victory has already been won by the prissy, permissive progressives; however, the battle may be over but not the war. Maybe Pence’s grandchildren will ask him at his 85th birthday party, “Grandpa what did you do to help stem the tide of sexual wickedness and strengthen American families during your life?” He will think of his three terms as Congressman, one term as governor of Indiana, two terms as vice president, and two terms as president and will have to say that he backed off his strong biblical position for political reasons.
Many Evangelicals have raised the white flag in the homosexual battle as they refuse to stand on biblical truth and use reason to commit treason against Christ. The cowards, compromisers, and charlatans speak of “love” while they strangle unpleasant truth. And even if we in opposition were to be filled with hate, I would rather have truth in hate than error in love.
Does Vice President Pence still love truth or has he, like so many others, raised the white flag of surrender to the vicious, vile, and violent bullies in the LGBT crowd?
Pence and all of us can learn to stand firmly from the success and failure of Asa, an ancient king of Judah who removed all the idols his father had made and introduced to the nation. He also “took away the sodomites out of the land” at that time. Moreover, he even removed his mother from being queen “because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol.” Wow, what a man; however, even the courageous and committed Asa did not remove the high places from the land.
God had commanded the Jews to worship in the Temple at Jerusalem but some Jews built high places that were dedicated wholly to Jehovah—while other high places were dedicated to pagan gods. Jews were to stay away from all the “high places.” Asa should have removed all of them but he did not. In that, he failed.
Asa shows that good men can make bad decisions and all men are flawed. Mike Pence is a good man who did not “remove the high places” from the land. Like Asa, Pence will be remembered as a good man who influenced many people for good yet God will say, “Mike, I have one thing against you.”
Pence was wrong to officiate at the swearing in ceremony. He took a stand like a crippled chicken, but he is our chicken. Let’s all learn from it.
Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years and authored 16 books. Follow Dr. Boys on Facebook at CSTNews and Twitter, and visit his blog.
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