Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chick Fill-A, Political activism and 2-Kingdoms

Homosexual activists have been up in arms over the spin of Chic-Fill-A president's remarks re-posted on the Baptist Press. The personal remarks of its president has now created a firestorm of criticism from the LGBT and their allies, with threats of boycotts, demonstrations and counter-demonstrations from conservatives.

Politically, this whole issue is none of my concern. The focus of those ministering the Word is the Scriptures, not politics. I have no desire to take part in the "culture wars." There is the City of God, and there is the City of Man, and the two are not to be conjoined.

That said, it is naive therefore to think that those in the ministry can just play the 2-Kingdoms card to try to appear non-partisan. True, we are to be non-partisan politically, but let us remember that homosexuality is a MORAL issue first and foremost. Wanting to distance oneself from political activism from the "Christian right" does not give one the right to throw stones at them in the process. And trying to appear neutral over a moral issue is not biblical.

The question here is not whether one thinks that one should be politically involved in opposing the gay agenda. The question is not whether one desires to join in the latest skirmish of the "culture wars." The question is: Does one take a stand on the right to express biblical truths?

It is noted that in the interview, Chick-Fill-A's president did not even mention homosexuality, although it certainly is implied. The reactions of the homosexuals have once again given proof of the fascist nature of the movement. The homofascists are all about silencing opposing opinions. They are manifestly intolerant of all other opinions and desire to control the thoughts of everyone. In their twisted and warped worldview, anyone who does not celebrate homosexuality is guilty of "hate crimes."

Those who try to play the 2-Kingdom card need to really think this through. Does having a desire to be non-partisan mean that we therefore do not take a stand on a moral issue, which due to its nature has been very much politicized? If we do not take a stand on this issue, what happens when the homofascists attacked Christian pastors for saying homosexuality is wrong? Oh wait, it probably has happened already. Now, is that a political issue, or a moral issue?

Do our desires to appear non-partisan become so overwhelming that we therefore have almost nothing to say about homosexuality, since homosexuality has become so politicized? When asked about homosexuality, are we going to hedge so much and qualify ourselves so much, to the point of dying the death of a thousand qualifications, in order to try to appear "non-partisan"? Has the desire to be "non-partisan" becomes an idol in and of itself, with the pendulum swinging from idolatry to "Christian right activism" to idolatry in "non-partisanship"?

Taking a stand on homosexuality, and opposition to homosexual bigotry, is the biblical thing to do, regardless of whether it seems partisan. To be focused on the Scriptures and not be entangled in politics means one must be trans-partisan, not non-partisan. In other words, we expressed moral truths regardless of where they stand in the political realm. We should not try to express moral truths to appear non-partisan, and thus try to win over both sides by showing how neutral we are, perpetually sitting on the fence on such issues.

Morally, the homofascists are in the wrong. It is morally right to call out their bigotry and hate speech, and thus a moral imperative for Christians to do so if they have the ability to. This has nothing to do with being of the "Christian right." This is a moral issue, not a political issue.

That said, that is the limit to the Christian's moral response. After that is all politics. I am indifferent to the "Chick-Fill-A Day" campaign. I may or may not eat at Chick-Fill-A on Aug 1st. Being trans-partisan means that as far as I'm concerned, Chick-Fill-A is just another fast food joint which offers nice chicken. If I go, I go there for the food, not because they are for or against homosexuality. In this light, to boycott Chick-Fill-A because one is so fed up with the culture wars as opposition to the "Religious Right" just shows that one is not truly following 2-Kingdoms principles. Such a one is still reactionary to partisanship, and has not the ability to transcend it.

8 comments:

godwordistruth said...

Just because I disagree that homosexuality is morally right does not mean I hate those who are homosexuals...LGBT

Charlie J. Ray said...

I'm certianly not a theonomist or a reconstructionist. On the other hand, withdrawing from the world as the old school fundamentalists did is just silly. We're in a war with the world. I for one am not afraid to preach the Gospel to anyone and everyone. Part of that preaching is calling homosexual sins what they are: an abomination. The Christian is called to preach the law and the Gospel everywhere. I refuse to be silenced. Since Christians have a right to free speech and free religion, then it follows that the Christian can take a stand against homosexual rights simply because it is immoral and an abomination.

Charlie J. Ray said...

God hates unrepentant sinners, including homosexuals. Since the majority of them never repent, it follows that reprobation is signified by the sin of homosexuality in most cases.

For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath. (Job 21:30 NKJ)

PuritanReformed said...

@GWIT:

agreed

@Charlies:

yes

Linda said...

Jesus was a friend of sinners those who recognized that they were sick and needed the great Physician Jesus... The pharisees denied they were sinners and needed healing..

This is the same prideful attitude many of these homosexuals are having that homosexuality is not sin and thus they see no need for repenting just like the Pharisees..

PuritanReformed said...

@Linda:

yup

Mary said...

Amen! Thank you for clearly articulating the obvious moral apathy that will result if "Christians" do not encourage and support biblical truths and those who are courageous enough to publically embrace them.

PuritanReformed said...

@Mary:

thanks.