Are you sick to death of gay rights stories parading the news every single week? Just when I think I’ve made it through a program without drag queen nuns with beadazzled bullhorns—there’s another menacing florist story. Or the Indiana legislature goes all Taliban. Or Presbyterians vote for more downsizing. On and on and on…
And here I am blogging about it.
Now, before I say too much, I want to be very clear: The crazy-angry gays on our TV screens are not our homosexual friends, neighbors or relatives. There’s a big difference between these agitators and the homosexual next door (unless of course, you have the misfortune of living next to a GLAADiator.)
So please understand: I’m not talking about the quiet, ordinary people with whom we interact every day. These folks are not threatening pizzerias or throwing condoms at Catholics. They’re not suing or harassing anyone. In fact, I’ve heard a few of them decry such things.
I’m talking about gay activists.
Gay activists don’t want our love. This is becoming increasingly apparent to me. I don’t even think they really want our acceptance. (Lawyers, lawsuits, and firings don’t exactly evoke love and acceptance.)
No, I think gay activists use force and intimidation so that we will fear them. They want to be feared. How empowering is it—to be feared? Gay activists want power and dominion more than freedom and equality. They don’t want folks liberated. They want them cowering.
Isn’t this what bullies do? Bullies know they are disliked because of their bullying. They know this. But here’s the thing: they prefer power to popularity—lunch money to lunch-mates.
A few days ago someone quipped that gay activists are winning nearly every battle and are some of the “sorest winners” imaginable. How far will the bullying go? I honestly don’t know. In my experience bullies will go as far as they are able. They push and push until someone cowers no more. The problem is gay bullies have allies with lots of money and influence. So…time will tell.
What to do?
I don’t have an answer for our legal or political woes. I suspect the genie is already out of the bottle. But there’s something we can do and nobody can stop us: Follow Jesus.
We aren’t going to “out hate” these folks. Hate isn’t our calling anyway. Ours is the way of love. They can’t stop our loving them. They can’t stop our praying for them. I know they don’t want our love any more than they want our Truth. But we’re not asking them. We don’t’ need their permission. We’re following Jesus.
Sometimes you gotta give people what they need rather than what they want.