It was the summer of 2011. We were visiting friends in North Carolina one weekend for a lovely wedding on the beach. Our strong-willed, opinionated and hyper-inquisitive children, a boy and two girls, were, at the time, 10, 7 and 6 respectively. My gorgeous, though Chicago-tough and Sicilian-sassy, wife and I were at lunch with the kids at a little seaside cafĂ© the following day. A late morning ocean breeze puffed through the eateryâs open bay windows, filling our nostrils with that salty pong of damp sand and faint sea life, forecasting a beautiful day ahead.
Weâve all heard this phrase: âYou know who you are!â Itâs an expression typically levied in the context of some corrective admonition, intended for some person or persons, busy about some misbehavior. While sent via certified mail, this is one of those rare open letters to whom the preponderance of intended recipients have, somehow, managed to convince themselves, and one another, that theyâre not even home. Most of you decidedly doÂ notÂ know who you are. Youâre living on Deception Lane.
This is a game-changer. Talk aboutÂ Â âan old wivesâ tale.â Youâve heard it said that 1) 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, 2) most marriages that do happen to make it are, nonetheless, unhappy, and 3) Christians are just as likely to divorce as non-believers.
For the Christian, âEveryone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of. âŠâ (2 Timothy 3:12-14)
To fully advance the causes of radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, unfettered sexual license, âgay marriageâ and the like, the pagan left must do away with religious free exercise altogether. Under the guise of âanti-discrimination,â Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels.
Though Iâm mildly pleased that the Supreme Court is not quite ready to take gasoline to both the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law by Bill Clinton, a liberal, in 1993, I am alarmed, and so too should you be, that only 56 percent of our sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices are still willing to give the U.S. Constitution a modicum of the respect, recognition and compliance it not only deserves, but requires.
Case in point: Remember Jack Phillips, the Christian baker in Colorado? He exercised his First Amendment religious rights and politely declined to bake a âweddingâ cake for a homosexual civil union. Coloradoâs âcivil rightsâ Star ChamberÂ recently orderedÂ Mr. Phillips to deny his faith and bake these fake cakes, âshut downâ orÂ face prison.
God was the first defender of natural marriage. After all, he designed it. Jesus reiterated that design, making it abundantly clear and beyond refutation that marriage is, always has been and always will be the union of the binary opposite, magnificently different male and female of the human creation.
At worst, liberalism denies the very existence of God in the forms of atheism and secularism, while, at best, it adopts that wonderfully âinclusiveâ blasphemy called religious pluralism. Pluralism presumes to give the false gods of false religions equal footing and denies Christ as He defined Himself: âI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through meâ (John 14:6). Liberal âChristianityâ falls under this category. Itâs pluralism with a Christian stamp.
To be sure, none of us are without sin and certainly none are less valuable in Godâs eyes than any other. But Christ did command us to repent of our sins and to âgo and sin no more.â Not only has Robinson refused to repent of his homosexual behavior, which is unambiguously condemned throughout both the Old and New Testaments as sexual sin, he has further rebelled against God by leading astray countless of his flock who suffer from similar temptation.