As the old song says, “Only in America,” would our society and current culture appoint a month (June) celebrating sin as a virtue and source of national pride, when ironically the sin of pride itself, is at the heart of the observance of “Gay Pride Month” in the United States, which was established by then President Bill Clinton in 1999, and even recognized publicly this year by Donald Trump, the first ever Republican President to do so.
Last month’s observance marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, also marked the birth of the modern, ‘Gay Rights Liberation’ movement.
The sin that is homosexuality is of course inarguably found throughout sections of scripture in both the Old and New Testaments, as testament to the violation of God’s ordained purpose and plan for sexuality to be enjoyed by and perpetuated in the procreation of mankind, by only one man and one woman in heterosexual marriage.
Therefore, any other manifestation of sexual thought and deed out of those bounds, are clearly described as sin to be repented of by God, and worthy of his final judgment should it remain unredeemed like other sins, noted by the apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
However, America in her generation plus fall from God’s common moral grace and into his “wrath against unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18-28), has chosen to celebrate as a nation, rather than condemn and turn from such sinful behavior.
Today’s LGBTQ movement finds it roots from an event that occurred in late June of 1969, when New York City police offers raided the Stonewall Inn club in Greenwich Village with the intent of enforcing city ordinances on an unlicensed establishment, owned and operated in unclean and unsafe conditions by the Genovese crime family at the time.
It was a place where at least 200 patrons (some of them underage, homeless teens being sexually preyed upon by adult males) rioted when police came to close the tavern.
This event sparked a festering though somewhat dormant movement to explode in public protests, becoming a revolution and turning point in American social history, whose pioneers envisioned a country which all historic, traditional sexual norms could be permanently overturned.
The most radical activists of the revolution launched a movement in which an end would be brought to the nuclear family, and in which same-sex marriage, parenting and unregulated sexual freedom would take place.
Harvard Professor Michael Bronski, a follower of the movement, quoted a gay liberationist in an article as saying, “Sexual repressions and lack of sexual knowledge were far more dangerous than same-sex activity for youth.” In an infamous document known as the “The Gay Manifesto,” published a month before the Stonewall riots, liberationist Carl Wittman wrote:
A note on the exploitation of children: kids can take care of themselves, and are sexual beings way earlier than we’d like to admit. Those of us who began cruising in early adolescence know this, and we were doing the cruising, not being debauched by dirty old men. . . . And as for child molesting, the overwhelming amount is done by straight guys to little girls: it is not particularly a gay problem and is caused by the frustrations resulting from anti-sex puritanism.
The above comment affirms the largely ignored truth at the root of this western sexual revolution, which is plainly the ascent of complete, unadulterated, sexual liberty including virtually every form of its perversion and debauchery imagined. This reality is a simple testament to mankind’s pride, emanating from spiritually dead, deaf and dumb hearts which are often antagonistic to God, his gospel and his son.
Make no mistake, Stonewall and Gay Pride month’s influence on the revolution rolls on today, to the point where its proponents have just celebrated cultural victories from the sudden mainstreaming of drag queens (males dressed provocatively as females), reading pro-gay and transgender stories to little children in tax-payer funded, public libraries to Teen Vogue magazine actually posting a guide to anal sex to its readers this year.
Such frightening news begs the question, “How much further can the revolution go?” As we’ve posted in this blog before, history (see the Roman empire among some other pagan civilizations) teaches us that man’s sinful and unchecked inclinations can unfortunately go far beyond what the mind can see.
This question is even somewhat problematic for some in the LGBTQ movement itself, where a divide or ethical fissure has developed in their community (which is in reality much smaller than media and culture portray it to be), between those that originally sought and might be content with nothing more than some institutional and legal rights equal to heterosexuals (i.e. marriage, property and visitation), and the more radical advocates of the revolution, who see nothing less that an ‘in your face’, societal and institutional acceptance and approval of sexual deviancy as a failure of its original agenda.
What is America to Do?
The largely unredeemed U.S. is limited in what it can say to the face of the sexual revolution, since so much of the nation has sub-consciously or otherwise participated in it, with its own rampant, heterosexual fornications over the decades of; pre-marital sex, abortion, divorce, co-habitation, sexual abuse and cultural acceptance of such, to the degree where Americans- undoubtedly including many Christians, take in media product which legitimizes if not promotes such sinful sexuality.
In fact, it is now estimated that nearly 9% of regular, primetime, television broadcast characters are scripted primarily as LGBTQ, more than twice the best estimates of their true population (only 1 in 20 perhaps, according to a recent Gallup poll).
Cleverly, the revolution’s agenda continues to be aimed subtly at children and families, as new “gay superhero” characters will soon be introduced into the DC and Marvel print and movie Universe as well.
As a pastor, preacher and American residing Christian, whose “citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20-21), my goal as should be the objective of any serious Christ following and kingdom building disciple, is to “speak the truth in love” on this issue as opportunity presents it self, loving neighbors as ourselves at the same time, and exposing light into the darkness of the sexual revolution…
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. (Ephesians 5:6-14, ESV).
May we pray for this nation, for God’s common grace to return to it, in greater measure and blessing, by praying that many would reject sin and the pride of engaging in it, (e.g. “Gay Pride Month”), and lead the lost to the true freedom and ‘liberation’ only found in Christ.