“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves…” Matt 10:16
It seems to me that most Christians tend to err on the side of being doves rather then emulating the shrewdness of serpents these days.
Maybe that’s a good thing.
But when you think about it, doves aren’t exactly what you want, or need, on the front lines of a battle where the enemy is mowing you down with howitzers.
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By now most of you have heard about the Oregon Christian bakers who were sued and fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding sent a “care package” to 10 homosexual activist groups.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon, said this week that they sent care packages to 10 different LGBT activist groups in order show how much they “really do love” them.
There is no doubt in my mind that both Aaron and Melissa are just like doves; the sweetest, kindest, and most gracious people around. And, no doubt, the people most touch by their meekness are Christians who are amazed at their kindness.
By way of caveat, I know what I’m about to say won’t be popular. It probably will also be judged by thousands of Christians. But truly, what I’m about to say is neither easy for me, nor is it said out of a spirit of arrogance.
Unlike most Evangelicals who have all lauded and applauded the Christian baker’s act of love, I view their gesture as another trite and pointless act of political correctness. And I call it: Evan-jellyfishism.
I can think of a million better – Christlike ways – to show the LGBT community love, other then to send them “care packages”.
How about being shrewd like a serpent for a change? How about spending time, money and all that energy (energy spent on baking and packaging cakes) on marshaling forward the most decisive and shrewd legal campaign in an effort to win the fight for religious freedom in America?
Sending care-package to ravenous wolves is not a Christlike love? Christ was not a fool. Though he displayed remarkable feats of mercy and forgiveness he didn’t suffer the slings and arrows of genuine hostile enemies who had no ears to hear or eyes to see.
If love is the desired goal, then focus on wining the legal battle. Our love has got to go beyond the sentiments of being “nice” and show genuine care to future generations who will grow up in a world that forces compliance to LGBT demands.
Now, just maybe I have Aaron and Melissa all wrong. Just maybe, they are serious about the legal battle, and, just maybe they do want to defend religious freedom and give the Church a chance to disciple America.
Even so, that doesn’t negate the public relations debacle they have created in my eyes. For some inane reason, Evangelicals have decided that homosexuality is the one sin, above all other sins, that deserves special treatment.
I wrote about this myopic novelty in the second chapter my book “Christophobia: The Real Reason Behind Hate Crime Legislation.” In that chapter I talk about how political correctness has virtually neutered Christians from being serious cultural debaters.
There is a doctrinaire mentality among Evangelical’s elites that says, “when it comes to homosexuality, we must treat them with kid-goves, because they really struggle with innate issues. After all an orientation is not chosen.”
And what has been the result of this inane uncritical mantra from people like, Tony Campolo?
Sadly, all it has done is embolden the LGBT community. And it has also had a counter intuitive effect on the youth who have been systematically brainwashed by government schools to accept these fallacious arguments.
Since the rise of political correctness, attitudes concerning “sexual orientation” have vastly tainted the curriculum of most schools. Youth have been systematically forced to consume “gay affirmative education” five days a week over the course of eighteen years of their impressionable lives.
And then they go to Churches where the leadership beats the drum: “homosexuality is really so special it deserves absolute deferential treatment, after all that sin – unlike any other sin – is a question of orientation. People don’t choose who they are attracted too.”
Not surprisingly there is now a movement among the Evangelical’s youth to accept the idea of “Gay Christianity” after all, since it is such a special sin, and we have Christians who smoke pot, gamble and commit all kinds of other vices (and we don’t reject them), why not Gay Christianity?
Add to this this confusion the controversy’s that emanate from the hallowed halls of Christian academia. Esteemed seminary professors tells us, it is debatable (now), if the Bible actually ever condemned monogamous homosexual relations. After all, they say, when you consider who the main contributor to the New Testament was, Paul, we have to take into account his prejudices: His systemic pattern of homophobia and his intrenched misogyny. Besides, these doctors of piety say: “In the end, the question of homosexuality is not in the least bit a salvation issue.”
Back to Aaron and Melissa: Now, I don’t blame them for being conditioned by such political correctness. I don’t blame for throwing pearls of kindness at the feet of ravenous wolves. Clearly they’ve been condition by an overwhelming school of Evan-jellfishism.
Yes, the Bible commands that we love our enemies. And yes, we are to “turn the other check.” But that just begs the question: is the LGBT lobby a personal enemy? And what does it actually mean to love our personal enemy? Is there a difference between our enemy and the enemies of Christ, for example?
A discerning Bible-literate Christian considers these questions seriously and then acts accordingly.
A personal enemy is someone who expresses hatred and bigotry because they don’t like us as a person. And the Bible enjoins us to show our personal enemy love. Notice the motivation:
“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Rom 12:19-20
But in the case of the activists who strategically targeted the Christian bakers in Oregon for political and legal purposes, they don’t fit the bill of a personal enemy. They are examples of the enemies of Christ, and to those the Bible says:
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” Matt 7:6
How dare I?
Do you think the LGBT community sees their act of “love” as strength? You think they’ll suddenly throw down their swords and suddenly stop forcing Christians to conduct business against their conscience?
How naive we’ve become.
The only kind of “love” these wolves deserve is the full weight of the law bearing down on them and putting them in their rightful place – a place where they have to learn to live, and let live. A place where they should thank their lucky stars that Evangelicals are eminently more tolerant and long suffering then say, they are, or, say, members of ISIS.
That’s why Aaron and Melissa act of “love” is proportionally undiscerning and misguided. That’s why they are examples of Evan-jellyfishism.
They should be spending their time, money and energy and “love” on the court battle. And WE CHRISTIANS should be helping them win that fight.
Of course if you don’t agree with me, fine. My challenge to you then, is be consistent. Why stop with the LGBT community. Why not send “care packages” filled with bacon wrapped pork-cakes, to the leader of ISIS? And, include a video of about the top ten camel jockey conversions, and as well a little note telling them “we care” and “wish them nothing but the best in the name of Jesus” and, that we are praying that they’ll soften their hearts and reconsidered the pain they are causing Christians, Jews and yes LGBT people, whose heads are being chopped off in the name if Allah.
Honestly, Christ’s words have never been more prophetic.
“For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” Luke 16:8
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