Homo-Expect-Us: Imposing Values On Christians
2007 Selwyn Duke
is a maelstrom brewing around High Point Church in Arlington, Texas.
Church officials had offered to host a funeral for a homosexual man,
Cecil Sinclair, even going so far as to agree to feed 100 guests and create an
elaborate photo presentation about the manís life.
However, the family neglected to inform the church that Mr. Sinclairís
homosexuality would be featured prominently, with pictures containing obvious
homosexual content on display. Understandably,
the church would not be party to the exhibition of sin, and its offer was
family is mad, some of the media is mad, and Iím mad too.
What irks me, though, is an invidious double-standard: Homosexuals and
their sympathizers often expect a special dispensation from rules that apply to
everyone else, while Christians are expected to dispense with their rules.
first echo a point church officials have made, only my example will be
different. Itís understandable
that Christians may offer their services to known homosexuals, as weíre all
sinners; however, most of us sinners donít expect our characteristic sins to
characterize a church service held on our behalf.
Why, if a man had been a recalcitrant philanderer, would we expect that a
church shouldnít have a problem displaying sexually suggestive photographs of
him with gaggles of gals? Itís
this would be readily understood if the individual in question were a
fornicator, why not when he is a homosexual?
Do they want to be treated like everyone else or donít they?
much reminds me of the case of Rev. Eugene Robinson, the cleric who declared his
homosexuality and was then was elected bishop by some Episcopagans.
It was such a grand victory for inclusiveness, such a bold show of
tolerance, allowing the Brave New Worlders to puff up their chests and boldly go
where no half-man had gone before. Seldom
pointed out, however, was that Rev. Robinson had left his wife and children upon
receiving his netherworld epiphany. If
a normal man had done so to be with another woman, would he be exalted and
elected bishop? No, the attitude
would be quite different, as he just might be labeled unfaithful and
irresponsible Ė if not a pig. Rev.
Robinson, though, well, was ďbrave.Ē I
guess being a homosexual means never having to say youíre sorry.
back to the church Ė the one that can still be called Christian Ė itís
time for some perspective. Letís
say that a mosque had agreed to host a service for a family but balked upon
learning that the party would insist on including roast pork and bacon in its
food selection. In our politically
correct climate, I canít imagine too many journalistic Jacobins placing the
onus on the Moslems. Multicultural
imperatives would hold sway, and the poseurs would disgorge platitudes about
respecting differences and Islamic sensitivities.
For that matter, would anyone find it anything but laughable if someone
expected Moslems to brook homosexual displays?
So, why are the religious convictions of Christians not similarly
youíll have to forgive my lack of benevolence toward the bereaved, but just
how dull are these people? Even if
youíre a confirmed secularist, shouldnít you at least suspect that a Christian
church just might have a problem with overt displays of homosexuality?
What are we to think of their failure to mention such a thing?
After all, I canít imagine there would be any expectation that Moslems
should make a concession simply because you pleaded ignorance about their
prohibition against pork. On the
contrary, I think youíd be told to expand your cultural horizons.
who, if anyone, should be offended? A
teacher is thought insensitive and offensive if he brings a crucifix and Bible
into a public school and relates a religious message (although, homosexual
content seems to be just fine); after all, it is said, some of the students may
be of another faith and may take offense. Well,
what are we to say about the act of bringing images into a church that will
likely evoke the same reaction?
I suspect that a sort of cultural ignorance is the issue, along with a certain
kind of provincialism. Many people
are so awash in relativism nowadays that they just canít imagine anyone who
embraces authentic Christian doctrine; that is, not anyone with whom they could
possibly consort. Why, those
snake-handlers may exist in some backwoods region of stills, spells, unkempt
hair, rotting teeth and home-birthing, but the evolved people modernists such as
themselves encounter would never subscribe to antiquated notions like sin or
Truth. Of course theyíd espouse
the tenets of the times. Doesnít
funny, though, our askew conception of rights and responsibilities.
I can hear it now, ďOh, those intolerant Christians!
Always imposing their values on others.Ē
So, before this refrain is regurgitated once more, let me say something.
If the Christians entered the familyís house or business and insisted
that photographs with homosexual content be taken down, they might be guilty of
imposition of values (I would say ďmoralsĒ).
In this case, though, who was invading what with whose values?
issue here really is what fashions dictate is the greatest value:
Broad-mindedness. Many people treat
prejudice as if itís the first and last Deadly Sin, and through their
impugnment of their ageís unpalatable variety convince themselves of their
sanctified state. Prejudices,
though, are funny things; being a reflection of the bearerís deepest, most
ingrained feelings, they often are noticed by him no more than a blind man sees
his own blemishes. And the
prejudices that will truly influence one are seldom those everyone warns of, but
those constituting dark shades that remain unseen by a color-blind world
thatís afraid of the light.
prejudice nowadays that characterizes those on the left involves a certain
assumption. It is the idea that
anything they choose to remove from the closet must be accepted by all, and no
objection to the disposition of the junk is to be respected.
In their philosophical chauvinism, however, a very important principle
eludes them. You have a legal right
to empty out your closet as much as you want.
This right ends, though, where my property line begins.
Selwyn Duke is a freelance writer out or Larchmont, NY. He has written for various publications including: IntellectualConservative.com, AmericanThinker.com and is a regular columnist for RenewAmerica.us.