There is chilling news out of Houston this week where the sermons of pastors are being subpoenaed in search of homosexual or transgender discrimination or any negative content about the mayor. In an attempt to intimidate and silence the pulpit, the city of Houston under the direction of its’ openly lesbian Mayor has requested pastors to turn over to the city any sermons or communications they have had with their congregation that discuss homosexuality, transgender-ism or even the mention the Mayor. Absolutely chilling.
Here is in a nutshell what this is all about: The city passed a law ostensibly protecting the rights of transgendered to use any bathroom (men’s or women’s) they want to. So, your 12 year-old daughter might share a bathroom with a 50 year-old man who thinks he is a woman and it’s protected by the law. Apparently some pastors thought this to be, um shall we say, debatable on biblical grounds. That, according to the City of Houston is just unacceptable and must be silenced.
A few years ago some of you reading this will remember a little dust-up in our community over a transgender high school teacher. The teacher who is a he, thought he was really a she and under threat of a lawsuit, asked the school district to protect his right to act and dress like a she while teaching. The right, by the way, came from a law that said you cannot discriminate against a person with a mental disability. That detail was only an inconvenience to the whole thing. The district, not wanting to get their pants sued off (pun intended) complied and did their best to just plow through the whole thing trying to minimize any controversy. One problem, it was highly controversial. Our ministry decided to speak to the issue graciously but with conviction. This is where we discovered first hand the intolerance of the so-called tolerant. We were cursed at and about, asked to go away and stay out of other people’s business.
Fast forward 8 years to the news out of Houston where apparently tolerance is a one way street. This is where what took place in Batavia 8 years ago was heading and we knew it then. Few believed us. The new moral majority in America doesn’t attend church. Instead they worship at the temple of laws and intimidation. The law of heaven is being trampled upon by the law of cursed earth. We humans, after all, know better even if we don’t know if we are a boy or girl.