It was likely the most stunning magazine cover in American history. Newsweek, with new ownership and editorship, trying desperately to regain former readership and relevance, portrayed President Barack Obama looking upward with a determined, purposeful expression … with a shining, ethereal, rainbow-hued halo hovering over his head.
And in bold letters, the picture and cover story bore the title, “The First Gay President.”
Yes, the president of the United States, the presumed leader of the free world … gay.
Of course, the incredulous reader would discover that the president didn’t pronounce himself a homosexual; that title was conferred on him by the magazine and the cover-story writer, Andrew Sullivan, who is proudly homosexual. But the intent of Newsweek and Sullivan, in no way disclaimed by Obama, was to identify the American president totally with, and 100 percent supportive of, the homosexual community and its determination to be “normalized” in American culture.
This was in contradiction to Obama’s earlier statements in which he declared his belief in marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman. That was when he was campaigning for the presidency. But now he is campaigning for re-election, suffering in the polls because of the economy and many other factors, and Sullivan surmised that championing “gay marriage” would “fire up” the youth vote. So our president declared his “thinking had evolved” and that his new view underscored his commitment to “equality.”
Sullivan said further, “Obama advanced his key strategy to winning in the fall: to make this a choice election. If it is a ‘choice’ election (a choice about the institution of marriage), he wins. If it is a referendum on the last four years of economic crisis, he could lose.” And as Sullivan added, “the choice could not have been starker.”
It is the president, not the Congress, not the electorate, not the tea party, or any “special interest” group who has drawn a line in the sand. He is motivated by purely partisan political ambition. He, and he alone, has given the American people the starkest and clearest choice ever in American politics this November.
It’s not about homosexuality alone, or marriage, or his “evolving” thought. The real dividing line – the line drawn in the sand – is who, and what, will govern the American people. Will it be the people ourselves, by majority rule as foreseen by our Founding Fathers – or will it be a temporary leader, unelected judges and willful, heavily funded lobbying groups?
Even more precisely, will we continue to be “One nation Under God” – or a drastically divided society under humanism, secularism and “evolving” thought?
Consider, on just this issue of the definition of marriage, in every state where the people have voted, expressing their will, the verdict has always been to uphold marriage as between a man and a woman. The issue is not antipathy toward homosexuals; it is not about the morality involved; it is whether or not this sacred God-ordained covenant will continue to be defined, as it always has been since the human race came into being, as the union of a man and a woman.
Interestingly, not one of the proponents of same-sex marriage – not a single one, ever – is other than the product of a man and a woman. That was the plan, from the beginning, and there will be no other way to propagate the human race.
When this issue was being debated in Washington, just before Congress voted on the Marriage Amendment, a dear black minister made this observation: “Water is H20. That’s two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. You may decide to combine two parts oxygen and one part hydrogen – but then you get hydrogen peroxide, not water. Water is made only one way, and messing with that creates something very different.”
Mr. Obama has drawn his line right down the middle of the black church, presuming he could bring them along into his evolutionary thought. He’s wrong. All the big black church groups, though they love Obama, cannot endorse abortion or homosexuality … because they know their Bible. So he has put them in the position of choosing him, or God. That’s a losing proposition.
Bishop Clarence McClendon, in South Central L.A., pastor of a large, vital, multiracial church, was compelled to preach on this painful choice right after the Newsweek cover appeared:
“Truth does not change because of cultural change (if this is the perspective of a practicing Christian, then he needs to stop practicing).
“This is not a civil rights issue … this is an issue of ‘equalization,’ of making homosexuality ‘normal’ in the culture. We respect your right to do it, but we will not call it normal, when the Word of God calls it an abomination. Marriage makes it normal in the culture, and homosexual marriage is not normal.
“We can, and do, love every human being, but we are not to compromise our beliefs or the standard of God’s Word.”
The bishop went on to say, “Sin is sin, no matter who does it. The sin of a believer or an unbeliever is still sin. There are no levels of sin, and we make no distinctions. The Bible says ‘All have sinned and fallen short’ [Romans 3:23].”
This brave minister echoes the words of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church: “Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.” And “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” That’s “evolution” of thought. Wesley also said, “My ground is the Bible. Yea, I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.”
I fear our cries for “tolerance” are leading us away from God’s will – and blessing.
And that’s where Barack Obama, the “first gay president,” has brought us. We citizens now must choose, and the choices are crystal clear, between:
- 50 million abortions since 1973,
Obama’s $250 million to Planned Parenthood’s abortions;or
- pro-life legislation,
protection of the unborn.
- Obama’s projected $15 trillion added to U.S. debt;or
- Republican determination to reduce unpayable debt.
- porous borders, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens;or
- secure borders as mandated by the Constitution.
- taxpayer- and church-supported contraception as “health care”;or
- religious independence, real separation of church and state.
- abandonment of sanctity of marriage as man/woman union;or
- protection and preservation of America’s Bible “choice.”
Friend, Jesus in John 8 was confronted by an angry mob wanting to stone to death a young woman caught in the act of adultery. While they railed at him, He knelt and wrote something in the sand. And He said, “Go ahead, but let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” And he again wrote – or drew a line – in the sand. The accusers slipped away one by one, and Jesus stood up and asked the woman, “Where are your accusers? Did no one accuse you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
He didn’t say, “Well, I guess it’s all right then.” He had the divine authority to forgive, to show mercy – but He warned her not to cross over the line again.
Long before Jesus, old Joshua challenged the people of Israel:
“Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. As for me and my house – we will serve the Lord.”
That’s the issue before us, the line Obama has drawn in the sand. Will we, as a people blessed and nurtured by God, seek His will and obey it? Or will we succumb to humanistic, “evolving” philosophy, to our decline and death?
This is our stark choice in the coming election. Read Matthew 7:13,14 and Romans 1:18-32 for confirmation.