Zero Tolerance: America’s Postmodern “Deuteronomy Thirty-One” Epitaph
by Carl Parnell
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Zero Tolerance is a buzz word that has been heard throughout America’s public school systems since 1994. However, as it happens so many times, public schools were forced by the federal government to adopt strict, zero tolerance policies or the states would lose federal funding. In essence, zero tolerance would be used if any student, regardless of his or her grade level, brought any thing that resembled a gun or an abusive drug to his or her school. Needless to say, many first time offenders of minor offenses were treated like habitual juvenile delinquents who disrupt schools on a regular basis. It is disconcerting to think that a second grader could be expelled for bringing a plastic butter knife to school. But, it has happened. Unfortunately, the corporate world adopted zero tolerance policies, too. However, the postmodern corporate world is more concerned about the insensitivity of workers who would dare to say something negative about other workers who are homosexual. In fact, many companies have given their blessings to the homosexual agenda and their homosexual workers. Sadly, at the same time, Christian workers who denounce homosexuality as a sin, as recorded in the Holy Bible, are forced to take sensitivity classes or fired. While, at the same time, homosexuals are permitted to be insensitive toward their fellow Christian colleagues. Ultimately, zero tolerance is very similar to political correctness, a governmental ideology that purports that Christian, Biblically-sound doctrine is wrong and that godless, secular, humanism is right.
Now, in the waning days of 2010, the House of Representatives and the Senate, which are still controlled by the Democrats, have finally met the one of the ongoing demands of homosexual lobbyists in Washington, D.C. The House passed their version of the repeal of the “Don’s Ask, Don’t Tell Law that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military on December 15, 2010. The Senate passed the same version on December 18, 2010. Then, on December 22, 2010, President Obama finally kept one of his campaign pledges to the homosexual community when he signed the new bill into law. Gays and lesbians will now be permitted to live their lifestyle openly while serving in the military when the new law officially goes into effect. Also, it has recently been stated that President Obama might now openly support gay and lesbian marriages and former President Jimmy Carter has stated that America most likely will elect a gay president in the very near future. Therefore, as a result of the anti-Christian laws that politicians are enacting, could it be the nail in the coffin for America’s greatness. In fact, could it cause America to fall like ancient Rome?
Of course, it is astounding that in one week the Democratically-controlled federal government was able to dismantle the morale of the greatest fighting force in the world. But, the same federal government probably should have been using the time to create jobs for unemployed Americans, to shore up a sluggish economy, and to keep the cost of gasoline at a lower rate. Evidently, as a result of their actions, American Democratic politicians and a few Republicans have finally proved to the American people that their ultimate goal is to turn the United States into a godless nation, a nation that promotes the lusts of the eyes, the lusts of the flesh, and the pride of life. Surprisingly, some of these politicians still have the unmitigated gall to end their speeches with “God Bless, America.”
However, one simple question should be asked: Why would elected politicians who profess to be Christians vote in favor of a bill that blasphemes God and His Holy Word. It is amazing that these men and women show no evidence that they have ever read the Old or New Testament of the Bible, which explicitly condemns homosexuality and states that is an abomination to God. Also, there are four other questions that need to be answered: Will there be a zero tolerance policy toward military personnel who voice their opposition toward their homosexual counterparts because of their religious beliefs? Does that mean that military personnel who make negative comments about homosexual military personnel will be removed from the military for their “insensitive” and “hateful”statements? Will zero tolerance replace common sense? Will there be separate bathing facilities for straight military personnel and homosexual military personnel? As William Bendix used to say on the “Life of Riley” television show in the early 1950s, “What a revolting development this is.”
It is definitely a revolting development. The United States government has now officially sanctioned the homosexual lifestyle as equal to the God-ordained heterosexual lifestyle, just another example of secular humanism in America. But, what would God Himself have to say about the federal government’s actions. The answer is found in the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 31, verses 15-18. It reads,
15And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.
16And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.
17Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?
18And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.
Therefore, as is inferred from these scriptures, God puts up for sin for a season. Then, He will hide His face from the nation that sins repeatedly against Him and His Word. When a nation worships the god of lust instead of the Lord God Jehovah, it can expect to pay decisively. In fact, Sodom and Gomorrah literally burned because of their sins against a Holy God. Also, verse 17 of Deuteronomy 31 paints a vivid picture of America today. Evils and troubles have befell America and will befall America in the future, since it has turned its back on the dictates of God and on the Biblical principles established by its founding fathers. At this point, the only hope for America is that it somehow returns to God before another Sodom and Gomorrah occurs in the nation that God ordained to be the home of Christendom. Of course, if it does not happen soon, Christians in America will see zero tolerance applied toward them and their faith in God. In fact, it has already reached a climax to the point that conservative Christians in America are labeled as “haters,” mainly because of their failure to accept homosexuality. As a result, in the future, conservative Christians might just be found guilty of “hate crimes” and imprisoned for their religious beliefs. But, on the other side of the issue, many liberal Christians would not have to face the possibility of imprisonment because they already accept homosexuality, even though the Bible that they say they believe condemns it, not condones it.
However, according to the inspired Word of God, there are not two acceptable sides to the homosexual issue. In fact, God made this clear throughout the Bible. As a result, He has His own zero tolerance policy when it comes to anything that is contrary to His teachings written in the Bible. Anyone who attempts to add or take away from His Holy Word are totally wrong in his or her actions. There is only one way accepted by God and that way is His Way. According to Revelation 22: 18-19, “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Also, since the Bible is the supreme authority on all issues of faith, any Christian who bases his religious faith on social and political issues rather than “what saith the Word of God” will face God’s “Zero Tolerance.” According to Matthew 15: 8-9, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” It is also vividly stated in Galatians 1:6-8, 10. It reads, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.... For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
Ultimately, God’s “Zero Tolerance” applies to all Christians. Christians should never be classified as conservative or liberal. Christians must only follow the directives of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If any Christian accepts and follows the teachings of man over the teaches of God, he or she will have the most severe zero tolerance policy applied to his or her life. According to Matthew 7: 21-23,
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Therefore, there is only one side to the homosexual issue, just as there is only one way to heaven. God accepts no counterfeit solutions to homosexuality and He accepts no alternative paths to heaven, even though more and more postmodern Christians believe that there are many ways to heaven. Unfortunately, any way but God’s Way causes Him to send His wrath on nations and individuals. Of course, God’s wrath leads to death, hell, and destruction through His policy of “Zero Tolerance.”
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