by Matt Slick
Christians in the United States still have the right to publicly proclaim their faith. Who knows how much longer that will be true. Nevertheless, sometimes expressing our beliefs means we will teach that homosexuality is a sin, and like all sins, it needs to be abandoned. Now, whether or not you agree with the methodology of the street preachers who were seeking to reach out to the homosexual community, the fact is that the street preachers should be able to express themselves without fear of physical attack. Violence is not the answer when it comes to dealing with opposing viewpoints.
In the Seattle gay pride gathering on June 30, 2013, one Christian held a sign saying "Jesus saves and heals" and "Repent or else." The other Christian was holding a Bible. Nothing on the sign mentioned homosexuality. The Christians were verbally and physically assaulted by the pro-gay activists. In the video, you can see that they were physically shoved repeatedly (assault). They were cussed at (intimidation). Some tried to take the Christian's sign away (theft), and one was knocked to the ground and punched (assault). To their credit, some in the crowd tried to stop the violence. Finally, as soon as the police showed up, the gay activists dispersed.
1 Timothy 1:9-11, "realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and aimmoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted."
It appears that when there is no law and order around, the gay activists became increasingly threatening and violent. This makes me wonder. Why would gay activists be so intolerant, hateful, and bigoted when they claim to be about tolerance, love, and open mindedness? Could it be that they have a double standard? Could it be that they want tolerance for themselves and no one else? Could it be that they portray a profound lack of love to those who disagree with them? Of course, pro-homosexuals are subject to the same failures as anyone else. But, apparently, the heart of the gay-activists (at least some of them) was displayed in Seattle. They showed intolerance, hatred, threats, and intimidation.
Rom. 1:28-32, "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, ahaters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."