America’s New Politically-Correct Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Offend Me!
by Carl Parnell
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The foundation of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage was the teachings, dictates, and commandments of the Holy Bible. Throughout the Bible, God had His prophets and apostles write His standards for mankind to follow. Possibly, the most recognizable and accepted standards were engraved by God in His Ten Commandments that He gave Moses, the leader of the Hebrew Exodus out of ancient Egypt. These commandments would be the absolute truths that the Hebrews should obey as they established residence in Canaan, God’s Promise Land. Therefore, as a result, the Founding Fathers used these same Biblical commandments and truths to establish a new Promised Land, the United States of America.
However, many of America’s postmodern politicians, ministers, and multicultural citizens do not accept the premise that America was established as a Christian nation. Also, as a result, they do not accept the Ten Commandments located in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ located in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. This is the apparent reason that Christendom is being attacked so bitterly. In fact, this has been the catalyst for the removal of the Holy Bible, prayer, and the Ten Commandments from the public sector, which include the schoolhouse, the courthouse, and most local, state, and federal government buildings. But, the underlying reason that Christianity and its followers are being attacked and persecuted in America is that non-Christians do not want to be witnessed to about their sins and the lifestyle s that they enjoy, even though the Bible explicitly condemns them.
As a result, non-Christians are using America’s traditional institutions of government, public schools, and churches to prevent Christians from proclaiming their religious beliefs outside the four walls of their churches. Also, non-Christians regularly attempt to discredit Christianity and its ethical and moral value systems, even though Christian beliefs and values come from the Holy Bible, the inspired Word of God. Therefore, since the Bible does offend non-Christians, they want to institute one new politically-correct, non-offensive commandment that replaces all the Ten Commandments that interferes with their sinful lifestyles. But, how are traditional institutions being used to deny Christians their First Amendment rights? Who are responsible for America’s new anti-Christian crusade? What is being used as the springboard for America’s active, anti-Christian agenda? Also, could America’s anti-Christian crusade actually be successful in fulfilling its agenda?
The first traditional institution being used to prevent Christians from offending non-Christians with the truths of God’s Word is the federal government. The federal government enacted its attack against Christianity on October 28, 2009. This is the date President Obama signed the Federal Hate Crime Bill into law. As a result, Christians cannot offend homosexuals by condemning their lifestyle, even though it is called an abomination in the Holy Scriptures, specifically stated in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13. They read respectively, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” and “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Therefore, as a result of the 2009 Federal Hate Crime Law, Christians could very well be incarcerated and or fined heavily for telling a homosexual person that his or her lifestyle is sinful in the eyes of God, since it would be considered an act of hate in the eyes of the federal government.
But, it is unbelievable that the federal government would enact a law that would depict Christians, of all people in the United States, as villains in a nation founded on Biblical principles. It is even more unbelievable that the federal government would go against the teachings of the Holy Scriptures of God and classify homosexuals as a protected class of people in order to keep Christians from offending them by saying negative statements about their sinful lifestyle. Instead, homosexuals want Christians and all Americans to accept their deviate behavior with no questions asked. Fortunately, true Christians would never accept the homosexual lifestyle, regardless of what the government dictates through legislation. Unfortunately, the members of the federal government who enacted this anti-Christian law have pronounced a curse and judgment on the United States. Needless to say, it is obvious that the wrath of God has already caused havoc in America. Just read the newspapers, watch the news broadcasts, and browse through the Internet. It exists and it will get even worse unless America’s leaders come to their senses, return to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and stop enacting anti-Christian legislation.
The second traditional institution being used to prevent Christians from offending non-Christians with the truths of God’s Word is the public education system. According to Florida Baptist Witness, homosexual activists have already established their agenda within the curriculums of many public school systems. Some examples are:
1. More than 3,000 schools in all 50 states have Gay/Straight Alliance Clubs, student-led groups set up to promote homosexual issues within the schools. Many are in middle schools. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national homosexual activist organization, is the primary catalyst.
2. The public school system in Boyd County, Ky., allegedly forced middle and high school students to participate in diversity and tolerance training, telling them homosexuality cannot be changed and warning them not to say otherwise. The Alliance Defense Fund, a pro-family legal organization, filed a federal lawsuit in February on behalf of concerned parents.
3. The Montgomery County, Md., public school system developed sexual-education curriculum for eighth- and 10th-graders which claimed that Jesus “said absolutely nothing at all about homosexuality” and that being homosexual is similar to being left-handed. It also noted that some Baptist churches once defended racial segregation -- implying that conservative Baptists today are wrong in opposing homosexuality. The pro-family legal group Liberty Counsel filed suit on behalf of two conservative groups and concerned parents, and in May a federal judge ruled against the school system, preventing the course from going into effect.
4. “Many of the leaders of the homosexual lobbying groups have admitted that they're targeting public schools,” Mike Johnson, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, told Baptist Press. “That is where they're trying to change society's perception of their activities and their behavior. That's the best place to do it -- to go to the next generation. That's how you change minds and that's how you affect the culture. Sadly, they've had some success there.”
5. Two homosexual groups -- GLSEN and the Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) -- have led the charge in pressuring schools to allow Gay/Straight Alliance Clubs and introduce homosexuality-friendly curriculum. When schools don't respond favorably, liberal groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal often file lawsuits.
6. The National Education Association also has been at the forefront of the homosexual movement, although public outcry has prevented it from going further. At its annual meeting in 2001, the NEA -- in the face of protesters -- backed off a resolution that would have encouraged teachers to adopt homosexuality-friendly curriculum, including teaching students that homosexuality cannot be changed. The resolution did not receive a vote. But the NEA hasn't remained silent regarding the homosexual agenda, and last year gave GLSEN co-founder and Executive Director Kevin Jennings an award for promoting human rights. (copyright2009, Florida Baptist Witness)
Another example of the anti-Christian and anti-Jew events in public high schools took place in a Massachusetts’ high school in December 2009. According to MassResistance, a pro-family activist group, a vile, homosexual-themed, anti-Semitic musical play that was performed at Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) in December 2009 is the subject of community outrage. The high school has long been a center of aggressive homosexual indoctrination and the accompanying hostility toward religious belief. Intimidation of students and parents with traditional religious values has become an everyday occurrence there. Recently a group of CCHS teachers publicly “came out” as homosexuals and lesbians to a group of students - and encouraged the students to do the same.
But this was possibly the most outrageous and insulting public activity ever by a Massachusetts high school. This was (according to press reports) the first time a high school had performed “Falsettos”, a vulgar homosexual-themed play that is blatantly anti-Semitic and mocking of the Jewish religion and its traditions. It's hard to believe that anyone would even write something so hideous, much less have kids be a part of it. The play was directed by Peter Atlas, a long time homosexual activist and CCHS faculty member who was an early collaborator with GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings, currently Obama's “Safe Schools” czar.
As is indicative of these examples from the Florida Baptist Witness and MassResistance, the homosexual agenda is being used in public schools. Since public schools are responsible for teaching students what to accept in society, it makes sense that homosexual lobbyists would seek to indoctrinate students to accept the homosexual agenda in the halls and classrooms of academia. This is the reason so much money is spent to create curriculums that shed a positive light on the homosexual lifestyle. Then, when students step out of the public school subculture into the real world, they would be more likely to accept and to promote homosexuality as an alternative sexual behavior, since most adults would not. However, it is disgraceful and shameful that America’s public education system has put homosexuality on a pedestal, while at the same time, forbidden Christians to promote their faith in the same halls and classrooms. However, the homosexual community seemingly fails to realize that they offend Christians on a regular basis, too, with their vile and abominable actions toward Jesus Christ and His disciples. But, unfortunately, the same school leaders that condemn the witnessing of Christians to homosexuals on the school campus because it offends them do nothing to prevent the offensive treatment of Christians by homosexuals.
Finally, the third and most disturbing traditional institution being used to prevent Christians from offending non-Christians with the truths of God’s Word is the postmodern Christian Church. Yes, the postmodern Christian Church refuses to offend homosexuals, also. However, is telling homosexuals that they are sinners, as stated in the Holy Bible, really offending them or just a mechanism used by them to escape God’s truth? Obviously, it is the latter. But, how can ministers preach the love of God without, at the same time, preaching the disdain that God has toward the homosexual lifestyle.
However, ministers are failing to preach all the truths of the Bible. They are selecting scriptures that testify of God’s love but not His justice to all mankind. As a result, supporters of the homosexual agenda want to stop Christians from making negative comments about gays, lesbians, and transsexual because it offends them. In fact, this is the reason that Christians are classified as insensitive and intolerant. But, since God has classified homosexuality as a sin, He would expect Christians to do their part in witnessing to homosexuals about the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Christians should not be classified as insensitive or intolerant when, in actuality, they are just showing love toward a person who needs God’s forgiveness.
But, many postmodern preachers and their denominations now bow down and worship the god of “Do Not Offend Me.” As a result, they preach sermons that make people feel good about their sins instead of preaching sermons that actually cause sinners, including homosexuals, to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In fact, too many ministers refuse to preach about the blood of Jesus that was shed on the Cross of Calvary for the salvation of all mankind. Many churches have even gone so far as to stop singing songs that have the word “blood” in them. Instead, they now preach about a new spiritual awakening or moral evolution.
What is moral evolution? Moral evolution, according to Answers.com, states that soon enough things that are taboo now will become much more accepted, and soon there will be a dramatic change in the things we may now hold sacred. However, when ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ accept and preach the concept of moral evolution over “what saith the Word of God,” they are exposing themselves and their church members to a satanic lie from the pits of hell. This could be the rationale for condoning homosexuality and abortion in the church instead of condemning it. As a result, when they or their members die and attempt to enter Heaven, they would not hear the Father say “Thy good and faithful servant,” but they would hear the Father say “Depart from me, for I never knew you.” Of course, this is based on John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 which state that it will take the true and unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ to prepare a person to spend eternity in Heaven with God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Therefore, a “feel good” religion or a “don’t offend me” religion would not prepare anyone for eternity. All it does is to make a person’s conscience feel good on the earth and makes him or her assume that their sins are forgiven.
Ultimately, the involvement of the postmodern Christian Church with the “Don’t Offend Me” theology will eventually cause these churches to have to write “Ichabod” over their front doors. The name Ichabod has come to symbolize the removal of God’s spirit from an individual person or an entire church membership. They seek God, but they seek Him in ways that are not based on His Holy Word. The Apostle Paul discussed this relationship between postmodern church members and God in II Timothy 4: 3-4. He stated,
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their
own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Also, in II Timothy 3:4-5, Paul stated that church members would be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” and that they would have “a form of godliness, but would deny the power of God.” Therefore, he emphatically said that true Christians should not have anything to do with these type churches because they are churches in name only. In fact, the problem is that they are ashamed of Christ if they are afraid that they would offend someone by mentioning and promoting the “Miracle of the Cross.” As a result, they will definitely encounter a problem when they meet God the Father. As stated in Luke 9:26, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Therefore, they will be offended through eternity.
In conclusion, it is past time for the politically-correct commandment of “Don’t Offend Me” to be removed from the federal government, the public schools, and the postmodern Christian Church. Also, all three traditional institutions need to return to their Biblical foundations. If not, then the effects of America’s politically-correct commandment on society at large might be seen in the complete takeover of America by the Islamic faith and its cruel Sharia law. What a price to pay to keep from offending unrepentant sinners who would be forced to accept Islam if it takes over America in the future, since God throughout the Bible punished His people by permitting other nations to take them into bondage. Of course, even though a person accepts Islam, it does not prepare him or her for Heaven, as is indicative of the Holy Scriptures of the Bible that clearly purports that God’s only son Jesus Christ is the only avenue to Heaven.
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