The greatest lie ever told
is that there is no God. The second greatest lie ever told is that the devil
does not exist. The third greatest lie ever told is that your (and my) sin is
not really sin. Of course, each of these lies is a cousin to the others. They
are all deceptions whose aim is to separate us from the greatest truth in the
universe: we have a Creator who loves us and desires a relationship with us.
For this column I’m borrowing
a bit from a piece that Joel Belz wrote for World Magazine over five years ago. His
message was powerful and is still relevant and much needed today.
I write often about what I
have deemed the “moral issues” (abortion, homosexuality, marriage, family, evolution,
and so on) of our time. I prefer this label over “social issues” because I
think it better describes what is really happening and what is really at stake.
Cultures, especially the American Christian culture, all over the world are
under attack (and have been for decades now) on the specific fronts that are
the moral issues mentioned above.
This begs the question,
why? Why is there, and why has there been, such a focus on these particular
issues? It seems that, for a while now, young people across the political and
religious spectrums have been asking that question. And in the age of Obama,
many young folks, including young conservatives and young evangelicals (not
always mutually exclusive), have decided that Christian conservatives are
expending too much time and effort when it comes to things like abortion,
homosexuality, and marriage.
addressed such concerns and noted that it was time for Christian conservatives
to “stop apologizing” for the attention we give the moral issues. He also noted
that now is not the time for Christian conservatives and our like-minded allies
to lower our voices. The reason: the moral issues are unique because today—unlike
racism, poverty, and such—national movements and organizations have devoted
themselves to preaching the value and legitimacy of abortion, homosexuality,
and redefining marriage.
In addition, the
organizations peddling these lies have garnered significant support from a
doting media and political allies within the Democratic Party. As Belz alludes, which national organizations have devoted themselves to promoting poverty? Where are the evangelicals
and their political allies calling for more racism?
Who is donning pink
a catheter to allow “access” to a dirtier environment? Certainly
conservatives of every stripe often suffer from the ridiculous hyperbole thrown
around by the left. We get accused of racism and the like, but almost always
the charges ring hollow. You don’t support Obama? You’re a racist. You agree
with the Zimmerman verdict? You’re a racist. You think poverty in the black
community is due mostly to the breakdown of the
family? You’re a racist.
The homosexual agenda
first sought (and achieved) the decriminalization of homosexual behavior, but
this was not enough. It now seeks the full-on moral legitimacy (which involves
the complete support and enforcement of the law at every level) of everything
to do with homosexuality. A national redefinition of marriage is the best means
to this end. As
I have noted before, once the homosexual agenda has the full force of the
law behind it, homosexuality will be legally forced on
school, churches, businesses, and families alike.
With a longer history of
legal protections behind it, unlike the homosexual agenda, the abortion
industry has been more on defense than offense. The pro-life movement has made
and continues to make great gains. However, still about a million children a
year are killed in the womb in the U.S.
What has given the
pro-life movement so much success lately is that modern science has brought
into the light what many of us already knew: the fetus, at every stage, is a
human being. Science (legitimate and non-politicized) will eventually do the
same to the homosexual agenda: expose the truth. You can’t dodge the truth
forever, and all truth is God’s truth, however it is revealed.
As these battles continue,
perhaps what is most disturbing is the fact that Americans elected as their
President a man who has enthusiastically taken up the promotion of these lies. Again,
the greatest disappointment is with the electorate, not Barack Obama. Many, but
not enough, of us knew exactly what he stood for.
Thus we are a nation
greatly deceived or disastrously apathetic when it comes to issues that are of
eternal importance. The abortion industry and the homosexual agenda, because
they attack the family, strike at the very heart of our culture. Thus, loud and
clear voices proclaiming the truth are needed now more than ever.
Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of
Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason