I don’t want to say “I told you so,” but… I told you so. For as long as I have been given an opportunity to write for some of the coolest conservative websites on the internet, I have been trying to warn my readers that the gay marriage debate is red herring. We conservative Christians usually get caught up right at the start of the debate with the idea that homosexuality is sin and it is anti God’s nature. (It is both of those things) We rightly contest that gay marriage is unnatural and should have no place in society because it harms the fabric of our social structure by weakening the most important part of our social system – the family.
However… legalizing gay marriage in and of itself has never been the true goal of the leftist political activist. Their true goal has always been consolidating power in the hands of the federal government. We conservatives actually helped them in the gay marriage debate by asking the government for its approval of our definition of marriage. What I argued we should have said was that the government has no right to define for us what marriage is. We have allowed the government to label marriage as a “contract” when in fact marriage is a “covenant” between a man, a woman and God.
We conservatives also further hurt ourselves when we failed to realize the consequences of our side of the debate. If we lost, we weren’t simply losing the marriage debate – we were opening the door for government to involve itself in our religious beliefs. We let the LEFT turn the debate into a human right or civil rights issue, and at the moment that happened we left the entire American church open to harassment from the federal government and the court system.
Well, the persecution from the state and the courts has begun.
In New Mexico, a Christian photographer had been sued for refusing to photograph the “wedding” ceremony of a lesbian couple. She explained that it was her religious conviction not to participate in such ceremonies. The couple promptly sued her and was awarded a $7,000. That judgment has been upheld through the court system, which has in effect told Christians to compromise, and the next stop is the last one — the Supreme Court. Here’s what Justice Richard Besson said in his ruling:
“…now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives… the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views.
… At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to … pray to the God of their choice … But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.”
It’s not just New Mexico either, folks.
The state of Washington is currently going through the process of suing a Christian florist for refusing to provide services to a gay wedding in their state.
In Colorado, a Christian baker is being sued for similarly refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding there.
We can choose to do one of two things: either we sit back and endure the persecution that will come, or we stand together now and demand that the government honor our rights as a free people to practice our religion freely. We can put a stop to the persecution, but it will take all of us Rising Up together to do it.
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