I was reflecting on the different news stories in the last week on the increasing acceptance of homosexual acts and a parable from the Gospel of Luke. The parable of the dishonest steward ends with these words from Jesus:
The master commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. –Luke 16:8
Over the last couple of decades self described gay activists have increasingly presented their cause to the public and have also successfully convinced more and more people that they are in the right. This small part of the population has been extremely victorious in advancing their agenda to the public.
They have done this by both saying they are mainstream and just like everyone else and at the same time parading down the street dressed as Nuns, in chains and leather, or nothing at all. To even question the morality of homosexual acts will have you branded as a homophobe and as a intellectual cave dweller.
As Christians we should be ashamed that we have not advanced the Gospel even a fraction as much during the same time. A majority of people here in the United States identify themselves as Christians, yet year by year our Culture is becoming less and less Christian. There are more Christian book stores now but less substantive books written by Christians in book stores. We live on the edge of society in a Christian ghetto afraid to challenge the culture around us. Activists are able to openly display any perversity, but we are afraid to even make the sign of the cross and say grace before meals in public. The geometrical shape of Pink Triangles has become prevalent in our schools, but if a teacher dares to wear the geometrical shape of a cross – people are offended.
We have shifted the tide a bit in the pro-life agenda but we still haven’t gotten a pro-life President and a majority pro-life congress to get rid of infanticide in the form of partial birth abortion. Bill Clinton in the opening weeks of his administration was able to put through a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on the military.
We try to find Christian equivalents for the culture around us. At the beginning of my conversion I wanted to substitute the hard rock I was listening to with some kind of Christian equivalent. I guess I was looking for music that said on it’s label “Now with 98 percent less pagan and nihilistic influence.” You could go to Christian Music internet stores where you entered a name of a secular band and they would list the equivalents. We don’t want to be the leaven that rises up the whole loaf. We are instead the yeast that stays in it’s package kept comfortable at room temperature, lest not the moisture and wheat of the culture come in contact with us.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” –Matt 10:16