Gay Atheist Rebukes Casual Christians

A so-called gay atheist really can’t stand to see professing Christians deny what they are supposed to believe for the sake of pleasing the crowd.

Matthew Parris writes at the Spectator, “As a gay atheist I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage.”

Moses had come down from Mount Sinai bringing God’s commandments written on two tablets of stone.

‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot…

‘And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.’

Let me have a crack at the revised version right away:

‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the Irish referendum’s huge majority for gay marriage, and the dancing: and Moses’ alarm was palpable…

‘And he took a copy of the Pink Paper and, flourishing it, said, “We have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities.

‘“I appreciate how these naked revelers feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution.

‘“We need to find a new language to connect with a whole generation of young people,” the prophet concluded; then, casting off his garments, Moses said, “Hey, lead me to the coolest gay bar in the camp.”’

Don’t laugh. With a couple of adjustments for updated circumstances, I am quoting the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, almost verbatim. 

This is about as powerful a rebuke to “casual Christianity” as you will see anywhere—and it’s delivered by a so-called gay atheist. (I have been studying Numbers 22 the past few days, and can’t help but see a connection therein—God sometimes uses the most unlikely “spokesmen” to drill His message home!)

Every Christian must feel the sting of this searing indictment:

“Can’t these Christians see that the moral basis of their faith cannot be sought in the pollsters’ arithmetic? What has the Irish referendum shown us? It is that a majority of people in the Republic of Ireland in 2015 do not agree with their church’s centuries-old doctrine that sexual relationships between two people of the same gender are a sin. Fine: we cannot doubt that finding. But can a preponderance of public opinion reverse the polarity between virtue and vice? Would it have occurred for a moment to Moses (let alone God) that he’d better defer to Moloch-worship because that’s what most of the Israelites wanted to do?”

You can change your laws, you can threaten severe punishment, ostracism, and false charges of “homophobia” (what a colossally nonsensical term!), and “haters” (yeah, right… those who don’t want to see people suffer eternal punishment do so because we hate them… another escape from all sound reason!), but no matter what… you cannot alter the Law of God or the just sentence for breaking it. You also cannot make people who fear Him more than men bow to your will.

What a blessing these cultural issues are! The false professors are being separated from the believing remnant—no, it’s not a fun nor enjoyable process… but it starkly reveals just how big the task is to bring every heart into willing submission to the King. It highlights the inescapable need to pray for Divine intervention.

There is no other solution.

Dr. Francis Schaeffer often warned of the damnable desire for mere personal peace and prosperity. If we are content to let our neighbors carry on in blissful, uncontested, Hell-bound delusion, as long as they don’t disturb our little “casual Christian” bubbles, then being thrown into the fire is the best thing that can happen to the Church.

“…you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”—1 Peter 2:9-12

Are we proclaiming His excellencies? Are we exalting His mercy, and pointing people to a joy beyond anything this world can offer—not rules and disconnected morality, but a living, loving relationship with the Creator?

We often and rightly pray for blessing and peace, but why? What is the goal? I finish with an excerpt from Psalm 67:

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

[We should pray for His blessing and grace… so that… He may be known, and that all peoples may be willingly brought to praise Him! Is that why we pray for blessing?]

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

P.S. As is often the case in matters where non-Christians interpret the words of Christians, I believe the “gay” atheist here has very likely misconstrued the Archbishop’s meaning. He specifically says, in this piece, that the Church cannot change God’s Law, but must continually seek ways to communicate eternal truth to people whose culture is based on entirely different presuppositions.