GUEST: Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. – Paul, Ephesians 6:18-20
In a similar way that the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house in order to impose their homosexuality on Lot’s visitors, the homosexual and transgender movement in America is seeking to impose their “degrading passions” (Romans 1:26) throughout society through a new bill in Congress called the “Equality Act” (H.R. 5).
Liberty Counsel, a non-profit legal organization which defends cases relating to religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family, says the bill “broadly imposes the LGBT agenda and does not exempt churches or religious employers, organizations or colleges. It specifically forbids raising religious free exercise as a claim or defense to the LGBT agenda.”
It’s not enough to be tolerant of those who commit “indecent acts” (Romans 1:27), the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender movement seeks to enforce normalization of their sin, punishing those who dissent and creating legal equivalency to unchangeable traits such as ethnicity. For example, to refuse to bake a cake or photograph a homosexual “wedding” would be like illegally doing the same for a wedding between a black man and woman.
Will this new bill become law? What would the ramifications be for the Christians, churches, schools, and Christian non-profit organizations? How should Christians navigate the increasing legal constraints related to the LGBT movement?
Short Take #1: Explain H.R. 5 and what it would do.
Short Take #2: Talk about how these two issues—homosexuality and transgenderism—having such significant impact on our society and marginalizing Christians?
Short Take #3: Why is the left so intent on eliminating speech and behavior they disagree with?
Short Take #4: Talk about the issue of “shadow banning”?