Pastor Louie Giglio is the Latest Example
The politically correct events of the last few years have made it much easier to empathize with Moses and his sense of betrayal when he came down from the mountain with The Ten Commandments. When he found his people reveling in all kinds of disordered behavior and idolatry he knew that the consequences for their actions weren’t going to be pretty.
Here was a people who had been freed from slavery by more than its own efforts (by God’s intervention). The same nation which had professed an undying love and respect for the Creator was now re-enslaving itself to the Prince of Darkness, the Master of Deception. The same I-know-what’s-best-for-me pride which got him bounced from Heaven had now been embraced by the people Moses had gone out on a limb for when he challenged the pharaoh. It was, indeed, a sad day for truth. It was also the beginning of forty years of wandering in the desert.
Fast forward to the 21st century. Here we have the United States. This is a nation which was freed from political bondage by more than its own efforts (only to speak His name invites derision now). It won a war of independence which no odds makers would have bet on. The nation survived a devastating civil war and moved on to greater times (although it took a century to make real civil rights part of its laws). It has thrived despite world wars and other violence determined to destroy peace. It has been a nation which instituted an annual day of thanks to God, while at the same time graciously protecting the rights of those who choose not to believe in Him.
Our Moses Moments
If Moses were alive today, he would have felt the same deep betrayal. Over the last forty years, a nation which has been given more than any other in recorded human history has found ways to rationalize an intrinsic evil and call it a “reproductive right” and now is justifying the enabling of disordered behavior and calling it “marriage equality.”
To defend natural law, which no one us has the authority to rescind, invites the same verbal persecution formally reserved for real villains like King Herod, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Idi Amin just to name a few. Pastor Louie Giglio realized this and “resigned” from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second term inaugural after groups took issue with a sermon he gave in the 1990s.
Public Opinion Cannot Change Scientific and Moral Truths
In his talk, he acknowledged that the “gay”1 movement is aiming “to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family… “It is a sin in the eyes of God.”2
Technically, no temptation is a sin by itself. It becomes one only if a person acts on it or dwells on it to spiritually dangerous levels. So, while the clip of his 1990s sermon did not make it clear that he was addressing the acting out of homosexual tendencies and not just the temptations, we get the gist of his point whereas his detractors do not. Morally speaking, he was correct. By the way, all heterosexual activity outside of marriage is just as wrong. Scripture is not picking on homosexuals, because we are all sinners. Rather, it addresses all unacceptable behavior and states how we are to live if we are to be in harmony with God’s will. Public opinion has been trying for generations to justify “free sex,” too, without recognizing that moral truths are not subject to referendum.
The same goes for scientific truths. The understanding of nature should not change in our science publications because a grass roots effort simply takes a disliking to one aspect of the universe. Unfortunately, that is what the American Psychiatric Association did in 1973 (a watershed year for bad decisions, re: Roe v. Wade). In the early 1970s, it issued an update on its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders known as the “DSM.” At that time, “the ancient DSM-II had labeled homosexuality as a disorder till public reaction led to its removal in 1973.”3 Apparently, the label “ancient” was used to imply that parts of Natural Law have a shelf-life. In any event, the change came about because of current fad.
Pastor Giglio is by no means the first to experience intolerance from a self-proclaimed enlightened group. Rebellion by spiritually adolescent organizations has been around since before the days of Moses’ trials with the Israelites.
A current movement is afoot to garner enough signatures to require a White House response to its claim that the Catholic Church is a hate organization because of Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks last month regarding the inherent dignity and unchanging nature of marriage when he said,”This very duality as something previously given is what is now disputed. The words of the creation account: “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27) no longer apply. No, what applies now is this: it was not God who created them male and female – hitherto society did this, now we decide for ourselves. Man and woman as created realities, as the nature of the human being, no longer exist. Man calls his nature into question. From now on he is merely spirit and will. The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is. Man and woman in their created state as complementary versions of what it means to be human are disputed. But if there is no pre-ordained duality of man and woman in creation, then neither is the family any longer a reality established by creation… When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being. The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears.”4
When eternal truths are discarded and their defenders are in danger, our outlook isn’t pretty once again. In this case, God won’t have to make us wander for another forty years. We are doing it on our own by, in a sense, discarding His map for a happy life and are relying on GPS’s calibrated by the same Master of Deception who turned Moses’ Israelites toward evil.
1 – Euphemisms and other literary devices are commonly used to disguise a wrong or misrepresent something which contrary to an agenda. Thus, we have a new, erroneous concept labeled “marriage equality,” which has nothing to do with the equally inherent dignity of the man and woman involved with the sacrament. Other people aren’t “pro-life,” they’re called “anti-abortion,” as if being against a form of murder was deserving of criticism. Others aren’t against intrinsically disordered behavior, but are called “homophobic,” a particularly devious term because the opponents of “gay rights” are not disturbingly afraid of human beings/mankind as the manufactured word states.
2 – MSNBC news, 1/10/2013
3 – Kent Sepkowitz, Newsweek, 12/17/2012
4 – Vatican.va, translation of the Pope’s message, 12/21/2012