I’m going to share with you an example of that to which I referred this past Sunday…If you’re going to hold to a biblical world view–whether it be belief in literal demonic & satanic beings and activity, OR the sanctity of marriage and the belief that homosexuality is a sin–don’t expect the world to love you…nor expect to have a future in politics!
The latest evidence of this fact is the situation generated in response to Kirk Cameron’s interview on the Piers Morgan Show on CNN. Here is the clip in which Kirk answers the ‘gotcha’ question Piers had apparently been dying to ask (note that Kirk shows he suspects Piers’ motives, too.):
First, well said Kirk! Your answers are far more clear than those of Joel Osteen (not that that is a difficult task to accomplish). His answer is 100% consistent with biblical, Christian conviction throughout Church History.
Second, you might be thinking, ‘Well, pastor, you seem a little worked up about this.’…AND, you are correct. It’s not about the question or the context. It IS about the vitriolic responses of the left-leaning entertainment industry folks who in the name of “tolerance” are castigating, impugning, and assaulting Mr. Cameron for his free spoken personal conviction (a right which we still have–for now–in our great nation!). Denny Burke has written a well-spoken post on this very subject (here) in which he links to a Today Show blog listing examples of various entertainers’ responses (a list of which they appear to be very proud). You can find that post (here). Be careful, it is “jaw-dropping.” Another reference to responses to Kirk’s interview may be found in an article (here), scroll down the page to the title “Left not Growing, Still Inflicting Pains” [HT to a friend of mine in Oklahoma for sharing this with me].
As I conclude my post, I do so by quoting the last segment from Denny’s post. This serves as the summation as to the importance of these issues continuing to come up in our world and how we must think, act, & respond to these types of things:
“Heed instruction and be wise” (Proverbs 8:33). We are only at the beginning of a process that probably will not go very well for us in the long haul. The trend lines are going against us on this one. Unless something radical changes in our society, we’ll all be found guilty of hate speech simply for holding to the ancient faith that was once-for-all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). Right now, we are being censured in the court of public opinion for our beliefs about human sexuality. The days will come when the consequences of those beliefs will become more severe.
I appreciate Cameron for being so bold. He is under fire now from many, but I for one am grateful for his courage to speak the truth.
Today, Cameron released a statement in response to the furor. I close with this excerpt:
I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. I should be able to express moral views on social issues – especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years – without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach “tolerance” that I need to either bend my beliefs totheir moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.
In any society that is governed by the rule of law, some form of morality is always imposed. It’s inescapable. But it is also a complicated subject, and that is why I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect.
By Grace Alone,