Recognition and Integration of Sexual Orientation?
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Baton Rouge.
Homosexual activists and in particular, businessman Joe Traigle, have once again convinced Mayor Kip Holden and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker to reconsider the previously defeated 2007 “One Baton Rouge” proposal. The item was resurrected in the spring of 2010 and thought to be dead on arrival but it has once again risen to the forefront.
Sometimes believers think once a sinful activity has been dealt with, we can move on to something else. We tend to think that way about our personal lives and our public policies. However, wickedness never slumbers and has a way of showing up time and time again.
The new proposal mandates “recognition and integration of…sexual orientation…into every aspect of Baton Rouge community life.” In many respects, such a proposal sounds reasonable when you are thinking about the mosaic of a community. However, including a certain behavior on the list of things to be recognized and integrated into community life, degrades the importance of the other items such as race, ethnicity and religious preferences.
Think with me about how utterly ridiculous this proposal is: If this kind of behavior is affirmed as acceptable and “recognized and integrated,” why not do the same with other unlawful, sinful behaviors? Can you imagine the foolishness of recognizing and integrating “drunkenness” or “adultery” or “stealing” into every aspect of a municipality’s community life? How about integrating bigamy or coupling? These are behaviors the Bible and most communities recognize as distasteful and destructive to the fabric of the culture. Yet, Baton Rouge is on the threshold of adopting homosexual behavior as normative and worthy of integration. Dumber than dumb.
This proposal must be soundly defeated as it lays the foundation for advancing an agenda supportive of homosexual behavior and infringing on the duty of Christians to denounce sin. If adopted, it serves as a muzzle for those of us who embrace a biblical worldview. We are perceived as out of step with the cultural correctness of our day.
Why is this important to bring this issue to our state and specifically our Louisiana Baptist churches? One, we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in our capital city. Two, what happens in our capital city has a way of being endorsed in the other municipalities of the state. So let us encourage our fellow believers to courageously stand for truth.
On Tuesday, July 20 a meeting of Baton Rouge pastors was held at Jefferson Baptist Church. David Goza is the pastor. There will be additional meetings for prayer and for implementation of an appropriate strategy to combat this measure. Every pastor at the meeting expressed the compassion of Jesus for those who are sinners. After all, we were sinners but God who is rich in mercy has redeemed us and transformed us to experience His grace. So this is not about “hate,” it is about what is right.