A Queer Thing Happened In America

Book Review

Goodness me, this book is an eye-opener.

In this lengthy, yet accessible, social commentary, Michael Brown details the journey of the acceptance of homosexuality: how it has come from being considered socially unacceptable to being endorsed, encouraged and held up as an indisputable civil right.

Initially, Brown approaches the issue of homosexuality from a political perspective: having its roots in civil revolt, yet somehow having been glorified to the point that this same rebellion was honoured by the President as heroism and homosexuality now has almost unanimous governmental support (at least amongst the Democrats). How has this happened? Brown goes as far as to portray the gay agenda as a planned psychological attack on the American masses. Now, before you raise your eyebrows, let me assure you that Brown isn’t a crazy, tin-foil-hat-wearing, conspiracy theorist. His arguments are logically sound, his points are thoroughly-researched and the evidence is overwhelming.

Brown goes on to examine the methods via which homosexual practice has been culturally normalised and even presented as preferable to heterosexuality. Issues of homosexuality are being taught to 5-yr-olds in our elementary schools, before they’re even old enough to receive a ‘traditional’ sexual education . It’s in our entertainment, with celebrities rallying to the cause en masse. It’s in the news and on the streets. The gay agenda has been unbelievably insidious… and effective.

Now this is where the rubber hits the road for Christians: the homosexual movement does not tolerate disagreement. Even ambivalence is considered opposition. According to Brown, a new politically-correct dictionary re-defines “hate” to include the holding of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs regarding sexuality. We are no longer “allowed” to believe our own bible! As Christians, we cannot stand silently by while our rights to adhere to our own religion are eroded away. We cannot peacefully co-exist alongside the gay agenda.

When confronted with this uncomfortable social reality, many Christians simply let their theology go vague. Does the bible really prohibit ALL, even committed, monogamous, homosexuality? Yes. It does.

Others emphasize that God loves gays. And yes, he does, but you can’t just leave it at that and refuse to address the issue of an unrepentant homosexual lifestyle. God commands repentance. And if homosexuality is never spoken of as being a sin, how can we expect homosexuals to repent?

Still others separate church from state, e.g. Tim Keller: “you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal.” If you’re not representing your Christian views when it comes to legislation or politics, how is the Christian message being communicated to the secular world? It’s not? Oh, well that sucks for you when the secular world decides they want to legislate against Christian education in schools or regulate what you’re allowed to preach from the pulpit. Oh, you mean a 60 year-old pastor was imprisoned for teaching basic, biblical, sexual ethics to his own congregation? Yeah… too bad.

Unfortunately many Christian leaders choose to simply avoid the issue in an effort to avoid conflict, often on a pragmatic basis. A recent example of this was when Louie Giglio stepped down from leading the prayer at the 2012 presidential inauguration because of allegations that he was anti-gay. Instead of stepping up to the plate and owning his Christian beliefs publicly, he forfeited the fight. Consequently, a gay-friendly pastor replaced him, and this was the kind of Christianity that ended up being nationally publicized. Refusing to interact with homosexual issues means that true Christianity fails to be represented at all. If we keep letting the gay agenda silence us and our public witness, we’ll be forced underground.

Any Christian explanation with the words ‘homosexuality’ and ‘sin’ in the same sentence is considered “hate speech” by homosexual lobbyists. Healthy discussion, calm and rational debate, even the presentation of both sides of the argument, have been shut down. Yet, as Christians, we must strive to communicate our views in spite of the labels we’ll undoubtedly have pinned on us. If we don’t, our silence will amount to a wide-scale abandonment of the gospel. The gospel is offensive, but even homosexuals must ‘repent and believe’ to be saved.

This is why Brown’s approach is so refreshing: he brings awareness to the loss of religious freedom and dares to speak out against the gay agenda, yet does so in a way that is informative, well-reasoned and absolutely full of love. Brown’s love for the gay community shines through again and again ┬áin the presentation of his arguments and his response to the hateful responses he’s received. In many ways, Brown’s response was a rebuke to my emotional response to reading this, which I admit was mostly anger and indignation. Brown has modelled an appropriate Christian approach to the issue, which neither emphasises God’s love to the point that homosexuality is OK, nor diminishes God’s love to the point that homosexuality is unforgivable.

So basically, if you have any interaction with the outside world at all, you need to read this book. Perhaps the topic has come up before and you’ve shied away from speaking your mind. Perhaps someone you know is gay and you don’t want to offend them. One thing’s for sure – the pro-homosexual movement is gaining ground that you don’t even know about, and public Christian witness is negligently absent. Fight the good fight, brothers and sisters.

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