President Barack Hussein Obama’s recent, election year, reversal of his long-standing attitudes on marriage, his “evolution,” has once again raised a religious issue which has resulted in even Baptists weighing in on whether men should be legally entitled to marry men and women marry women.
I’m not an adherent of the 400 year old Baptist faith but over a hundred million other people are worldwide with 33 million residing in the United States of which half are members of the Southern Baptist Convention.
With such formidable numbers, differences of opinion are expected.
However, on one particular issue, homosexuality, Baptists used to be virtually unanimous in agreement. The vast majority unapologetically believed homosexuality is a choice, that gays recruit heterosexuals, that homosexual behavior is intrinsically evil and disordered, and that same-sex marriage is a destructive abomination.
With that admittedly cursory summation of Baptist beliefs on the subject as background, two Southern Baptist leaders recently spoke out with vastly different perspectives.
Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, while supporting biblical injunctions against homosexuality, nevertheless thinks Christians are guilty of “our own form of homophobia.”
On the other hand, Pastor Charles L. Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., thinks homosexuals should be confined within an electrified fence to insure they couldn’t reproduce.
Aside from the apparent inconsistencies in Dr. Mohler’s position that the Bible is right yet being wary of gays is wrong and Pastor Worley’s obviously illegal, drastic measure of sequestering gays in prisons, their radical differences demand clarification.
Dr. Mohler feels there is no inconsistency at all in his views. He feels Old Testament prohibitions against, for example, consuming shell fish, were intended to be observed by Jews whereas moral codes had a ”universal” application as confirmed by the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament.
As for Christian “homophobia,” he condemns that fear as problematic and warns that ”The church failed miserably in the face of the challenge of divorce. This requires an honest admission and strong corrective,” without specifying any corrections.
Read Dr. Mohler’s comments to CNN at http://bit.ly/KCQQzA.
At the other end of the Baptist spectrum stands Pastor Worley.
In a distinctly politically-incorrect CBS radio address, Worley expressed his “disappointment” in Obama’s evolution following the decision by North Carolinians to constitutionally ban same-sex marriages.
As he specifically said, “I’ve never been as sick in my life of our president getting’ up and saying it was alright for two women to marry or two men to marry. . . The Bible is against, God’s against, I’m against and if you’ve got any sense you’re against.”
He then offered his solution, “a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,” which he admits could never become law: “Build a great big, large fence–50-or a 100-miles long–and put all the lesbians in there. . . [and] queers and the homosexuals. And have that fence electrified so they can’t get out, feed them. . . in a few years, they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.” (http://bit.ly/K6imII)
I’ve frequently been attacked as a homophobe because I have exposed the blatant public campaign by many in the homosexual community to seduce and recruit America’s youth into their lifestyle. I also strongly oppose the notion of gay marriage which is primarily an effort by gays to destroy a sacred, if blemished, institution.
Still, I would endorse civil unions for gays to accord them the same legal benefits straights enjoy and I support Dr. Mohler’s opinions over Pastor Worley’s, mainly because Mohler is sane and Worley isn’t.