It’s okay to be a Christian in the United States of America, so long as you believe only the parts of the Bible that meet with society’s approval or at least keep your mouth shut regarding those parts that don’t. That’s the lesson Kirk Cameron is learning after honestly expressing his Bible-based views on homosexuality and marriage.
The former “Growing Pains” star ignited a firestorm when he told Piers Morgan that homosexuality was “unnatural” and “detrimental” and that no one should try to redefine marriage, an institution that is “as old as dirt.” Celebrities are stepping over one another to put the former child star in his place, and a petition drive to tell Kirk Cameron to “grow up” is already garnering thousands of signatures. Suffice it to say that Kirk Cameron won’t be starring in any more Hollywood productions!
All of this goes to prove that the gay rights community has taken command of society’s megaphone. If you speak out against homosexuality, there will be consequences…serious consequences. You may lose job contracts (as Christian speaker and author Frank Turek has suffered). You may get disciplined by your university (see Jennifer Keeton). You might even get suspended from your job (see Jerry Buell). Even if you’re a Christian organization on a college campus, you’re not safe. You can have religious views, so long as they don’t contradict homosexuality, as numerous Christian groups are learning at secular colleges. In fact, even Christian colleges are coming under fire for not openly embracing homosexual students or groups.
It would be nice to think that the Christian community was united on this, but that’s simply not the case. Many professing Christians are distancing themselves from the Bible, preferring instead the applause of society.
The pieces are falling into place for seismic changes in our society over the next several years. If you think I’m exaggerating, pay close attention to the rhetoric coming out of the gay, lesbian, and transgender community regarding those who oppose their lifestyle and agenda. They don’t hesitate to throw the words “hate” and “intolerance” around, nor do they hesitate to advocate the consigning of such views and such people to the fringes of society. Christians today can look to the persecutions of the early church for guidance as to where things are headed. Note that the Christians of the apostles’ day weren’t persecuted for their private beliefs. They were persecuted when their beliefs spilled over into the rest of society, and when those beliefs impacted social culture, local economics, or political stability. Likewise today, Christians who keep their politically incorrect views to themselves have little to fear (at least for now). It’s those Christians like Kirk Cameron that need to be concerned. Sadly, not enough Christians are standing with him.