The senator and staffer will remain unnamed for the time being.
This morning (July 14, 2003), I had about an hour's conversation with a staffer of a well-known senator who has been involved in homosexuality debates. This staffer was compiling information and creating "talking points" for press releases and public encounters.
I offered the following as "talking points" which have the capacity to change peoples' minds, and that we should avoid the many interesting but relatively inconsequential points which can be raised, and which will be raised as rabbit trails down which we will inevitably find ourselves lost, disappointed, and confused. No matter how good they seem, they are not mind-changing.
These are the mind-changing issues:
1. Homosexuality, whatever else it may be, is at least a behavior. What behavior, precisely, are we being asked to approve?
2. Some say that homosexuality is a genuine identity, others say that it is a choice, still others that it is a compulsive, lethal addiction. What does the evidence say?
3. What are the medical, psychological, and sociological consequences of homosexual behavior, and of defending such behavior?
4. Given the answers to #1-3 above: Would a loving person (God or anyone else) approve the homosexual lifestyle or reject it?
5. Given the answer to #4: What should we do about this situation?
All of these questions are raised and answered in Homosexuality: Good & Right in the Eyes of God?
It became apparent from our conversation that she was not sure that the senator for whom she worked would step out and force the discussion back onto the hard-hitting issues, that he would probably not "go for the jugular vein" of their argument -- because of the abuse which he would surely receive were he to do so.
I replied to her that he (and the rest of us) can then plan on losing this debate. The pagans will overthrow what remains of the tattered Christian civilization. If we will not force the issue onto truth, we will lose the debate, as we deserve to lose it.
Churchill put it well to his own people in Parliament as the Nazis were preparing for their onslaught:
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
We are gradually nearing that point -- not just on sexuality issues, which are symptoms of much deeper issues: on the very nature of Christian civilization, on the meaning of a democratic republic -- which can survive only "under God".
God will one day raise up his Gideon army and win this battle, but we will not be a part of it. If we do not stand up today, it will fall on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren to fight a battle that will cost many more sleepless nights and shed much more blood than if we do it now.
Pray for our leadership. Pray for our political and spiritual leaders in particular. The clergy are almost without exception, incapable of standing up straight for truth. We clergy are the biggest roadblock to spiritual renewal in America -- not because we are more evil than others, but because, although we have the most potential clout of any group anywhere, we share the same defeated spirit as the politicians in the face of secularism and now the repaganizing of Western Civilization.
There are, of course, exceptions. But not enough to make a significant difference. The senator in question is not a timid man, and may well rise to the occasion. Please keep this man and his staff in your prayers.
And pray for yourself, that you may become a warrior for Christ in this time and this place under these circumstances.
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