Beware When Your Enemies Say Nice Things About You

An article in yesterday’s USA Today ((April 16, 2013, p. 10A.)) about Focus on the Family caught my attention: “Praise the Shift by Focus on the Family.” It was written by Tom Krattenmaker, a writer who specializes in religion in public life. He believes that there is common ground between Christians and secularists. There are certainly a lot of people who are not committed atheists of the hard stripe variety or militant homosexuals like Dan Savage whose pro-homosexual and anti-Christian attacks are relentless and vile.

Krattenmaker is thrilled that the folks at Focus on the Family seem to be dialing down the rhetoric. I’m for that, but the people at Focus need to be careful. While they’re playing the “can’t we all get along” game, their opposition is working double-time to subvert the moral foundation of America. No matter how kind we are, and we should be kind, we must never forget that there is a cadre of activists who will never quit until they get their way.

Liberals know how to win. They will do anything and everything to trip up their opposition. They will even say nice things about their enemies so their enemies will put down their guard.

Krattenmaker tips his hand with the following comment:

“I disagree with their position on gay marriage and many other issues. Yet I contend that the good being done by Focus on the family is still good. And while I hope for the day when the group stands up for marriage equality, I can appreciate the steps it has taken to treat gay people and their allies with a new respect.”

While Focus on the Family is playing nice with the opposition, the opposition is doing everything to subvert their worldview.

Are we to believe that Krattenmaker is going to change his mind on these nation-dividing issues? He might, but it’s not likely. When it comes down to a vote and a donation to support homosexual marriage, he will vote and donate accordingly. You can count on it.

You don’t have to be nasty when you encounter someone who disagrees with your position. Some people are misinformed. Biting their head off in a first encounter is not the best approach. Consider this from the apostle Paul:

 “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Rom. 12:17–18).

Notice, “so far as it depends on you.” There is a limit to being at peace when it comes to overturning the moral order of society. Consider this from radical lesbian Masha Gessen:

“It’s a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . . [F]ighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie.

“The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That’s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out thirty years ago.

“I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally… I met my new partner, and she had just had a baby, and that baby’s biological father is my brother, and my daughter’s biological father is a man who lives in Russia, and my adopted son also considers him his father. So the five parents break down into two groups of three.… And really, I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality, and I don’t think that’s compatible with the institution of marriage.”

 There’s also this recent pro-polygamy argument from Jillian Keenan at Slate.com. Weren’t we assured that there wouldn’t be a slippery slope?

You’ve been warned. Beware of liberals bearing gifts and saying nice things about you. There’s probably a pickpocket around stealing your freedoms.