There are some acts that make me so angry, I make a point to wait until the next morning to post on it in order to avoid saying something I’ll regret later. This attack by gay activists on a Michigan church is such an act.
Now that I have calmed down, I’m convinced my gut reaction last night was correct – it’s time to say “Enough!” to the gay rights crowd.
They can push for their perversions to receive special status in society. That is wrong, but it is their right in a democracy. They can peacefully protest as much as they want. They can even try to overturn elections in the courts. I very much oppose such contempt of democracy, but it is their right to address perceived wrongs in the courts. The best way to deal with such efforts is to make sure judges are appointed who will rule against such anti-democratic, anti-constitutional efforts (which we have royally botched for now by electing Obama, but anyway . . .). And no one can deny that gays have made much progress through such efforts.
But in attacking, disrupting and vandalizing churches, the gay rights crowd has crossed the line. Society should emphatically say no to such acts, just as it has said no to the “God Hates Fags” nuts who picket the funerals of soldiers. Such should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and the laws against their acts strengthened if necessary. For one thing, I think strong laws against disrupting services at churches where one is not a member are in order.
And this act is by no means isolated. Particularly in the aftermath of voter approval of Proposition 8 in California, churches and Mormon temples are being threatened and vandalized.
A more difficult question (discussed at the first link) is how should churches respond when under such attacks. We should certainly rejoice when we are called to suffer for Christ’s sake. Of that there is no question. But how should to respond to the activists? We should love our enemies, but in what way? Jesus said we should “turn the other cheek.” And the Michigan church mentioned in the first link responded with admirable restraint and grace. But Jesus also forcefully cleaned out the temple. And certainly there is a time to defend our church, our brethren, and our children.
I don’t have any easy answers. And I suspect there are none.