The mainstream media and academia are rapidly becoming a hostile environment for orthodox Christians — defined as those who believe what the Bible teaches without updating and interpreting to accommodate changing fashion in the secular world.
The most pervasive instance is the constant drum beating for homosexual marriage, a question that is now before the Supreme Court in two separate cases.
This propaganda campaign is so pervasive that The Wall Street Journal editorialized this week that “America's cultural and media elites are attempting to browbeat the high court into coercing the country into recognizing same-sex marriage by casting opponents as bigots for holding a position that President Obama held less than a year ago.”
And it’s a drum beat without any response from the pastors, priests, rabbis, and bishops who should be leading their congregations to the truth. Instead of leading their flocks, the shepherds appear to be on vacation.
The current issue is whether society should publically endorse and approve a pseudo-marriage between same-sex couples. But the larger issue that individuals will soon be facing is whether orthodox Christians will be able to follow their religious beliefs outside the confines of their homes if this trend continues?
This is not an exaggeration. In states that currently allow same-sex marriage, a wedding photographer has been brought up on discrimination charges for refusing to photograph a homosexual wedding because it violated his Christian beliefs.
In another state a bakery suffered the same fate when it refused to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding because the owner said it violated Christian orthodoxy.
In New York the Catholic Church had to stop its involvement in adoptions because it refused to place children with same-sex couples.
Earlier this week I congratulated Newt Gingrich for his defense of marriage when he said, “I actually think that marriage is between a man and a woman no matter what politicians decide. I don’t think they have the power to change what is a religiously inspired definition.”
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of homosexual marriage, the entire weight of the federal government will be brought against Christians. Which means Newt will be free to make comments like that to his wife Callista as long as they are in their house, but if he tries to live his belief in the marketplace, the feds will come knocking.
The media, the left, and homosexual groups are attempting to redefine marriage and bigotry at the expense of Christianity. Love may not conquer all, but an avalanche of lawsuits will ruin anyone’s day.
And it may not surprise you that Christians minding their own business aren’t even safe in the classroom.
Ryan Rotela, a student at Florida Atlantic University, was in his Intercultural Communications class when the instructor — who just happens to be vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Democrat Party — told the students to write the name “Jesus” in large letters on a piece of paper, throw the paper on the floor and then stomp on it.
Rotela refused and reported the instructor to university administrators. Instead of questioning the instructor, the administrators circled the wagons and cited Rotela for practicing Christianity outside his dorm room. (Actually it was a violation of the “speech code” but it’s the same difference.)
It was only after the Liberty Institute brought this outrage to the attention of Fox News that charges were dropped.
These are not isolated instances. If you don’t believe me, listen to Chai Feldblum, an Obama appointee serving on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She says that as she considered the interests of Christians versus the demands of homosexual radicals, “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”
Before too long Christians may long for the days past when homosexual practices were confined to the privacy of the bedroom and Christianity was celebrated in public.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Click Here Now.
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