Shutting Down Opposition

colson2Once upon a time there was a handsome young prince. When he grew up, he began searching for a wife, but could not find a princess he wanted to marry. One day, he met another prince—and fell in love. The two men married and lived happily ever after. They must have been the only ones who did. When the fairy tale—which ended with the newly married “couple” kissing—was read to Massachusetts first graders, Christian parents were outraged. Two sets of parents sued the Lexington school district, claiming that district officials violated both state law and their civil rights by allowing a teacher to read to their 6-year-olds a book that normalizes homosexual love and marriage. Not surprisingly—this is Massachusetts, after all—federal judge Mark Wolf dismissed the lawsuit. Public schools, he wrote, are “entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy.” I guess it is not possible to become a productive citizen without embracing the teachings of radical gays. Incredibly, the judge said parents did not even have a right to pull their kids from classes that discuss and depict homosexual behavior. Allowing kids to leave, the judge said, “could send the message that gays, lesbians, and the children of same-sex parents are inferior and, therefore, have a damaging effect on those students.” This decision is so ghastly it is hard to know where to begin. Since when did parents not have the right to control what their children are exposed to when it comes to matters of sexuality? And what about the damaging effect on kids who are taught ideas that conflict with their parents’ teachings? If the school district is really committed to teaching about all kinds of families, then why not give children a story about a prince who longs for another prince, realizes his longings are disordered, undergoes reparative therapy, and lives happily ever after—with a princess? The real goal, of course, is normalizing homosexuality. The judge tipped his hand on this when he said that children should be taught to “respect” differences in sexual orientation. The two families are appealing Judge Wolf’s decision, and we ought to be praying for their ultimate success. But we must also realize what is really going on here. When it comes to sin, humans have been playing the denial game ever since the Fall. In Romans, Paul says that even pagans know God’s moral law because it is “written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness.” That’s why it is not enough for homosexuals to be tolerated; in order to live with their own consciences, homosexuals demand unanimous assent that homosexuality is a moral good. And that means silencing those who believe that homosexuality is a disorder, and that homosexual behavior is a moral sin. You and I must fight back when homosexuals attempt to promote gay “marriage” in public schools. But we must also reach out with compassion to those ensnared by disordered sexual desires. The Bible teaches that sin—and a guilty conscience—can be erased only by the grace of God through faith in Christ.  
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For Further Reading and Information
Read Judge Mark Wolf’s decision. Denise Lavoie, “Judge Tosses Suit by Parents Who Objected to Talk of Gay Marriage in Classroom,” San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 February 2007. Jonathan Saltzman, “Judge Dismisses Lexington Suit over School Lesson Involving Same-Sex Couples,” Boston Globe, 23 February 2007. Patrick McIlheran, “State-Set Orthodoxies Make Schools a Cultural Battlefield,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 20 March 2007. Call 1-877-322-5527 to request BreakPoint’s “Speak the Truth in Love” information packet (suggested donation $25), which includes CDs, research papers, and articles on the risks of homosexual behavior and how to speak to homosexual friends. BreakPoint Commentary No. 040628, “Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Goes to School: Out of the Closet and into the Classroom.” J. Budziszewski, Written on the Heart (InterVarsity, 1997). Also get Dr. Budziszewski’s talk “Moral Issues We Wish Would Go Away” (CD).


Chuck Colson


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