Sunday, December 29, 2013
The changing face of diversity. . .
The changing face of diversity in America means that there is no more tolerance. The new America has become an increasingly intolerant public square that now threatens to enforce its political correctness upon religious speech and private speech in a way that should shock and offend us. But it does not seem to arouse much anger or upset. The issue here is not whether a Duck Dynasty character should lose his job for his views but the very labeling of his opinion as hate speech and the insistence that this kind of talk is not to be allowed in America today.
In but a few years, what is barely different from the position of Pres. Obama prior to a few years ago has suddenly become the words that cannot be tolerated. In other words, the people who claim that they had to be closeted or lose reputation or job are now claiming that anyone who refuses to approve (note the word approve not tolerate) of them and their lifestyle must be closeted from public speech and punished for their views. Nearly the whole of America would have unhesitatingly approved what the Duck Dynasty patriarch said thirty years ago, a vast majority fifteen years ago, but today it is impossible to disagree with the politically correct line and not be labeled a bigot, hate monger, and silenced.
Frankly, I really do not care if he keeps or loses his job with A&E. He does not speak for me, for the Church, or for Christians but I am very concerned that the position of Christians will soon become untenable in the public square, effectively silencing the moral voice of the church and her members UNLESS they approve wholeheartedly with the GLBT position on just about anything. As far as I know GLBT folks are not at all threatened by those who disapprove of homosexuality. The GLBT advocacy has full and unfettered access to politicians, the media, money, and prominent people to make their point. And their points seems to be silencing anyone and everyone who disagrees with them for whatever reason. Diversity is an illusion in America if disagreement is not tolerated. When this intolerance impinges upon religious freedom (like this instance), we will find ourselves in a first rate constitutional crisis. In the end, it will be about far more than a trendy program on a small TV network but about the ability of people of faith to speak faithfully.
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"The GLBT advocacy has full and unfettered access to politicians, the media, money, and prominent people to make their point. And their points seems to be silencing anyone and everyone who disagrees with them for whatever reason."
For these reasons and others, it seems that there is little doubt your fears will be realized. What troubles me is the inability or unwillingness of churches to anticipate the coming climate. The signposts are all around us, yet I hear very little practical discussion about what the church will do when the housing exemption is lost nationwide, when tax free charitable giving disappears, legal action over refusal to perform homosexual "marriage," etc. Maybe this is simply the reality of history that these cultural shifts are only addressed with reactionary measures, but it seems confessional Lutherans should be embracing the counter-cultural nature of the faith, recognizing that it will ultimately lead to persecution (even in the USA), and planning on ways to support the work of the Church at all levels - especially their local congregation.
Robertson is an elder in his church, the Church of Christ. So he speaks for some Christians. The Church of Christ is heterodox in some respects but they are relatively orthodox when compared to the ELCA or a variety of others.
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