What a difference a decade makes. Just consider the fact that, just 10 years ago, a vast majority of Americans opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage. Now we are told that a slim majority of Americans is ready to make same-sex marriage legal. Homosexuality is now at the center of American life, and the full normalization of homosexual relationships seems just around the corner.
The pace of moral change has been breathtaking. Go back less than one year, and President Obama opposed same-sex marriage, even as he said he was "evolving" on the issue. Now, the president is a vocal advocate for same-sex marriage, even going so far as to call for full equality of gays and lesbians in his inaugural address, delivered last month.
In the run-up to the inauguration, an evangelical preacher had to withdraw from delivering a prayer at the ceremony when controversy broke out over a sermon on homosexuality he had delivered almost twenty years ago. This month, it is the Boy Scouts of America in the midst of this moral revolution. Within a few months, the Supreme Court is to take up two different cases, either of which could fundamentally alter the moral and legal landscape on same-sex marriage. This week, the British Parliament approved the legalization of same-sex marriage and the government of France is poised to do the same. Before you finish reading this column, another major development may well have taken place. The pace of this moral revolution is just that swift.
Where does this leave America's conservative Christians? Just over eight years ago, the nation re-elected an openly evangelical president. This past November, America elected an avowed and determined advocate of the full normalization of homosexual conduct and relationships. Evangelicals watched as three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
In terms of the cultural tide, evangelical Christians have every reason to feel left behind. Thoughtful evangelicals must realize the depth of our predicament. Political parties have platforms, but Christians must be driven by biblical convictions. Platforms may change, but convictions remain. Evangelicals do not believe that homosexuality is sinful because it is part of our platform, but because it is a conviction drawn from Scripture.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post
R. Albert Mohler Jr