Dan Savage. Do you recognize his name?
If you don't remember his name, you may remember the video of the National High School Journalism Convention on April 13, 2012 when students quietly stood up and walked out of the auditorium when their speaker ripped into the Bible calling it “b—s----” and declaring it wrong on issues such as virginity, homosexuality, and masturbation. Noting the mass exodus, the speaker then began taunting the students, calling them cruel names and gloating over their retreat.
That speaker was Dan Savage.
Dan Savage. The outspoken homosexual, sex advice columnist, leader of President Obama’s anti-bullying initiative, and LGBT advocate. He is not shy about his thoughts; rather his method of “conversion” is in-your-face, “win by attrition,” bully you into submission. You may have heard of his “It Gets Better” YouTube video series. It Gets Better is an attempt by Dan Savage and his partner to tell our children that it's okay to be gay.
But Dan hasn't stopped with our children. His newest video project targets our churches. Just two days ago, inspired by Dan Savage, “Not All Like That” was launched. The video series, Not All Like That (NALT), states on its website that its purpose is to “give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of proclaiming to the world – and especially to young gay people – their belief and conviction that there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”
Arguing that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, the website makes many claims as to why Christians should be supportive of homosexual behavior. Here are but three of the many mentioned:
- “It is important to understand that even the most fundamentalist Christian sects do not take the Bible wholly literally.”
- “God does not ask Christians to choose between their compassion and their faith in the Bible.”
- “Because there was no concept of gay marriage when the Bible was written, the Bible does not, and could not, address the sinfulness of homosexual acts within the context of gay marriage.”
My heart is deeply, deeply grieved by this project. It is an attempt to split the body of Christ, an attempt to push man-defined love without truth, to set aside the authority of Scripture, to marginalize Christians who are faithfully living out God's call on our lives, and to be honest, to use the term “Christian” to apply to those who are living in rebellion to Christ.
Dan Savage's categorizing of real Christianity is not accurate. Let me be straightforward: unlike what Dan Savage claims, the Bible is clear – living out homosexual behavior, like all sexual sin, is incompatible with our faith. Dan Savage does not understand why Christians cannot just love and check truth at the door. He doesn't understand that we cannot because God created the institution of marriage, in the image of the Trinity and for our welfare. To alter this God-given institution is an attempt to alter the Creator Himself. Therefore we honor the one man, one woman marriage structure He created and by doing so, we are living out our faith. To ask anything else of us is to deny us our ability to practice our religion. To ask anything else of us is to ask us to deny the authority and infallibility of Scripture.
And yes, Dan, despite your website, we are not all like that – some of us still believe in Truth.