Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities minister, has accused church leaders of "fanning the flames of homophobia" as they oppose her controversial plans to legalise gay marriage ("Lynne Featherstone: 'Church leaders Are Fanning the Flames of Homophobia' ", The Independent, 15th March 2012).
The Liberal Democrat MP urged critics of her plans to stop using "inflammatory" language, and called for "calm and reasoned debate" ahead of the gay marriage consultation period - before giving a "cast-iron guarantee" that 'gay marriage' will be made law before the next General Election, no matter how strongly it is opposed! Maybe I'm just being very silly, but how can this woman call for "reasoned debate" before declaring that her mind has already been made up, and that she will turn a deaf ear to the great proportion of people who oppose her monstrous plans (at the time of writing, over 215,000 have signed the petition against gay marriage at www.c4m.org.uk)?
Using the vocabulary of a typical Ministry of Truth propagandist, Featherstone accuses all those who oppose gay marriage of 'homophobia'! This is simply an attempt to tar her opponents by labelling them with a word that is (a) pathetic, and (b) doesn't make sense [In Greek: 'homos' = 'the same'; 'phobos' = 'fear'. So, 'fear of the same'?? The other alternative is Latin where it would mean 'the fear of man'!]. I am also unsure how merely wanting to keep the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman automatically means you hate gay people (which is surely what she is implying with that silly little word). For the record, in day-to-day situations, I would be as courteous to a gay person as I would to any other person, which is certainly more than can be said of the way many gays behave towards Christians ('Will Young: Clergy who call same-sex marriage 'abhorrent' should be jailed' - Christian Concern).
As if to compound her own utter foolishness, this woman goes on to state: "I don't want to see any polarisation between religious beliefs and gay rights. It is not a competition." The thing is that she, and other tin-pot tyrants like her over the past decade in particular have polarised things. We are now in a situation where gay 'rights' trump the rights of everybody else, and that people can even be punished for discussing the issue on their lunch breaks. Thanks to the vile men and women that occupy the corridors of power (oh sorry, that's probably "inflammatory" - I meant "not very nice, but of course totally respectable men and women"), we are now living in a country where our very thoughts are policed.
This government is playing with fire in presuming to redefine an institution that God Himself set up, and which no man or woman has the right to redefine.
Increasingly, Christians are going to be forced to choose between obeying the unjust laws of this land, or obeying God Almighty. It really is that simple - we will either have to choose to disobey men, or disobey God. No matter what evil governmental powers say or threaten us with, there is nothing they can do unless God allows them to. Their power is temporal and limited, and scripture describes the end that they will come to with the examples of the evil Kings of Israel. Those who think they are mighty in power, and may do as they please will be brought low by God. As King Nebuchadnezzar stated after he was humbled by the Lord: "Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase." (Daniel 4:37)
With these great truths in mind, Christians can take much comfort in the words of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who when threatened under an evil law, replied:
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
(Daniel 3, verses 16 to 18)
I am sure I do not need to state who was victorious out of these men who obeyed God, and their evil oppressors.
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
© 15th March 2012