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Copyright: ©2008 Debbie Thurman
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THE CHURCH AT A CRITICAL CROSSROAD

By: Debbie Thurman

Is it any real surprise that California’s Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, has overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage? Serious observers and activists on both sides of the gay culture war have seen this coming for some time.

We have glimpsed the country’s future through the crystal ball of its infamous bellwether state. Pro-family advocates are heartened, at least, by the near-establishment of a November ballot initiative to amend California’s constitution, defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. All three presidential candidates have issued statements saying (believe them or don’t) the issue should be left up to the people. More than half the states so far have passed constitutional amendments that close the door on gay marriage.

Interestingly, the California ruling came on the one-year anniversary of Jerry Falwell’s death and the day his widow, Macel, saw her first book, “Jerry Falwell: His Life and Legacy,” released. In it, she writes of how their youngest son, Jonathan — now shepherding the church his dad founded to unprecedented growth — at the age of seven urged his daddy to “do something” about abortion, effectively instigating Falwell’s long fight to save the unborn. Few understood how equally concerned he was for the souls of the living.

Falwell’s most infamous excoriation in “punditocracy” came in the post-9/11 media frenzy, when he intimated that God had stayed His protective hand over America, permitting the deadly attacks against our homeland as a warning for her growing flirtation with secularism and moral unrestraint. Among those he named as bearing the most responsibility were abortionists and homosexuals.

In truth, Christians unprepared or unwilling to defend or share their faith have allowed this creep of moral unrestraint that now has us in its grip. Falwell was one of those giving a clarion call to change that.

Proudly flaunting a deviant, destructive lifestyle and trying hard to dissociate themselves from the AIDS holocaust, activist gays and lesbians are waging their own brand of terrorism against the Church of Jesus Christ, the capitulation of which would be their crowning achievement.

Through two generations of weak leadership, the church has largely acquiesced to the cultural shift that began with the feminist-driven abortion movement and no-fault divorce. The gay-rights movement is just an extension of those. Gays have only to let history repeat itself unless a massive, authentic revival — another great awakening — arrives to purify the venerable but prostituted Bride of Christ.

Christians have been unquestionably guilty of shooting their wounded, including those struggling with same-sex attraction. Often, we disciple or shepherd our own poorly and end up throwing the baby out with the bath water. It is high time the church learned to extend the “ministry of reconciliation” (read Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians for a definition) to all sinners without falling prey to drive-by gay “guiltings.” If homosexuals live with the illusion that all Christians believe they are Bible-licensed to practice hate rather than love, it is because we have forfeit the real truth or replaced it with some culturally correct counterfeit.

“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come,” wrote Paul in 2 Cor. 5:17. Would the Creator and Sustainer of the universe allow mankind to hold onto an “old thing,” i.e., a sin or unnatural, destructive behavior that could not be overcome? Where is the compassionate in that? Yet pro-gay “theology” seeks to deny the transforming power of the Almighty that has allowed all those who truly want freedom to walk away from their past.

The Washington Blade, an influential gay newspaper, ran a story the day after California’s breaking news, calling for more “outreach” from the gay community to churches to “change hearts and minds.” The church is all about changing hearts. We should stand in the church doorway and extend the hand of love to any homosexual who chooses to enter and have ready answers for their questions. Never should we abdicate the mantle of truth that Christ has placed on our shoulders.

Debbie Thurman is an award-winning commentator and author who writes from Monroe, Va. Her e-mail address is debbie@debbiethurman.com.

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