America's future will be determined by one thing and one thing only: whether the forces of light or darkness will win the battle over special rights based on sexually deviant behavior.
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This is for the simple reason that America must choose between homosexuality and religious freedom, between sodomy and liberty. There is no middle ground. As columnist Matt Lewis put it, the clash is a "zero-sum" game. Somebody wins and somebody else loses.
Religious principle, tolerance and rights of conscience mean nothing to pro-sodomy advocates. They will remorselessly crush anyone and anything that gets in their path, without mercy and without a second thought.
Every single advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. Americans want to believe otherwise, that sodomy and religious liberty can coexist, but they cannot.
Everywhere Big Gay gains ground, Christ is forced into retreat.
Everything hinges on the outcome of this cultural conflict. Whether America continues to be a beacon of faith, family and freedom will be determined by who wins this battle. If the forces of sexual normalcy and natural marriage prevail, America will once again move the world toward the sunlit uplands of civilization, family, morality, goodness and prosperity.
But if the forces of sexual deviancy prevail, every part of our culture will be corrupted and contaminated beyond repair, and America will plunge the world into a moral abyss of darkness and depravity.
The soul-crushing tyranny being imposed on wedding vendors is ample evidence. Christian bakers now face fines and jail time for politely declining to throw eggs and flour into an oven for the Gay Gestapo.
Lesbian writer Tammy Bruce correctly points out that for a baker to be forced to render service against his will is a barely disguised form of slavery, and to be forced to do so against his conscience is nothing less than abject tyranny.
In their quest for cultural domination, they will relentlessly extinguish the light of sexual normalcy and morality, as well as the light of Christianity.
They have the will to crush biblical Christianity into broken pieces. They lack only the power.
Religious liberty is the quintessential American characteristic, the value that has set us apart from every nation in the world. This country was founded by Christians looking for freedom to worship God and serve Him in daily life according to the dictates of conscience. The very first of the unalienable, God-given rights the Founders protected in the Constitution is the "free exercise" of the Christian religion.
The free exercise of religion means exactly that: it is the freedom to live out your faith, not just on Sunday mornings between 11 and noon, but 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including the freedom to run your business according to Christian principle.
Without religious liberty, America is not America. It is something else, something alien, something foreign, something Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison would not recognize.
Washington, for instance, literally drummed homosexuals out of the Continental Army, and Jefferson wrote a Virginia law in 1778 that prescribed castration as the penalty for sodomy. I don't advocate the reinstatement of Jefferson's penalty today. My point is that the concept of marriage based on the infamous crime against nature would have been inconceivable to the men who founded this country.
Advocates of sodomy-based marriage want to push Christians so far into retreat that they dare not poke their heads out of their own church buildings. This is the very spirit of Hitler, who bottled up the Christians of his day inside the four walls of their buildings.
Hitler and his propaganda machine concocted slogans such as "Politics do not belong in the church" and "The church must be separate from the state" to neuter Christians and paralyze the church's ability to resist his totalitarian impulses. (Yes, you read that right. Those slogans did not come from so-called civil libertarians like the ACLU, they came from the fevered mind of Adolf Hitler.)
A lesbian activist once spoke these words to me when I was pastoring and just beginning to publicly oppose the homosexual agenda: "I don't care what you do in your church, I don't care what you preach in your church, I don't care what you believe in your church, as long as you keep it there. The church may belong to you, but the public square belongs to us."
The battle is not over constitutional rights, such as religion, speech, the press, assembly, and self-defense, which we want to protect for everybody. The battle is over special rights. You can read the Constitution backwards and forwards, upside down, from right to left and in Sanskrit and you will find no mention whatsoever of any right to engage in sexual perversion. Or the right to compel others against their deeply held convictions to endorse, promote, sanction and approve of immoral, unnatural and unhealthy sexual behavior.
Said Winston Churchill:
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
The time to stand against the war machine of the homosexual regime is now. Today. It is still a battle the forces of goodness can win. But we must not wait another day.
Bryan Fischer is director of issues analysis for the American Family Association. He hosts "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" every weekday on AFR Talk from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central).
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