Oh, man. I’m already preparing myself for the myriad of internet busybodies who are going to take my title choice at face value and think that I’m serious. Of course you don’t hate them. If you do, you’re kind of…a jerk.
I’ve been reading this handy little booklet called “Right Wing Handbook: Demolishing Ten Lies of the Left” and stopped at Lie #8: Conservatives Hate Women and Gays. This mini-chapter speaks about RINOs (once known as Rockefeller Republicans) – the odd group that defines themselves as “economically conservative, but socially liberal.” And then, the booklet’s author, David L. Goetsch, said something I didn’t expect.
Goetsch basically said that fighting against these social issues in the legal realm won’t solve the problem. Why? Because people against abortion and gay marriage argue their position through the lens of their Christian faith. Bottom line – abortion and gay marriage are not actually political issues.
I have said, for years, that abortion isn’t a political issue, but I’ve never thought of that as applying to gay marriage. I have definitely always agreed with the author’s sentiments in suggesting that we need to focus on hearts, not laws, when it comes to these issues. But, here lies the problem – abortion and gay marriage may not be political issues, but they are government regulated…so, they actually are political issues.
Shouldn’t be. But…are.
I think that’s why liberals and pro-choice/pro-gay marriage people are so annoyed with us. Because we argue our side on these issues using…the Bible…that they don’t believe in. Makes sense. If someone argued about the education system using their Koran to help me reason through it…I’d…probably react the same way the liberals are to us.
Christians do need to defend their values – in the legal realm and every other. But, I think they’d (we’d) all benefit from taking Goetsh’s advice:
“We must decide if we want to make noise or make progress.”
Making Noise Against Gay Marriage
I’m with Goetsch on this one. Making noise is not going to help us in our pursuit to uphold the sanctity of marriage.
Angrily preaching to a non-Christian about the evils of gay-marriage is not going to do an ounce of good. As Christians, we shouldn’t be so fixated on a gay person’s lifestyle anyway. We should be fixated on the need to share the good news of the Gospel with them. We should be fixated on the goal we have of showing them love. If they do end up coming to know The Lord, it is His job to convict them.
Making Noise Against Abortion
We need to make noise on this one.
I differ from Goetch in that I think that making noise about this, in particular, will lead to progress – simply because such a vast majority of the population is ignorant to what abortion really is. You’ve got companies like Planned Parenthood who make these online videos about how abortion is just a form of birth control. They are misinforming the masses, and being the voice that says, “okay, go ahead, Sweetie. I’ll solve you’re problems,” that the desperate, pregnant teenager needs to go through with it. It’s like, when you know something is wrong, but you ask all your friends who don’t think its wrong for advice…so that you can do it without feeling too guilty. Planned Parenthood is like that friend who says, “There’s nothing wrong with a little ‘family planning.’ It’s just ‘birth control.’ It’s your body, after all.”
I think that we need to make some major noise to drown out all the voices that are lying to and appeasing the ignorant.
Conservatives who really do hate women and gays…well, we probably need to focus on their hearts before we move on to the liberals.