‘Progressive’ Pastor Gets It All Wrong on What It Means to be Free
While it seems that incidents of homosexuals bashing anybody who disagrees with them have died down, don’t think that the Gaystapo is not planning more assaults.
The latest assault comes from Rev. Chuck Queen. Rev. Queen (his real name) is the senior pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky. He’s the author of Being a Progressive Christian (is not) for Dummies (nor for know-it-alls): An Evolution of Faith.
While Rev. Queen went to a conservative Bible college and seminary, he has since taken a different path. Rev. Queen is a self-professed “liberal” who prefers to be identified as a “progressive.” He writes that he makes “no claim to be a ‘moderate.’”
He’s addressed a number of issues from the “progressive” perspective. His latest is on same-sex marriage debate and Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: “To Christians who support RFRA laws: Grow Up!”
Here’s Queen’s latest assault:
“Are you as weary as I am in hearing all these well-to-do, materially prosperous and secure American Christians whining about being religiously persecuted because they cannot act on their exclusive theology in the marketplace and deny services to our LGBT sisters and brothers?
“To all my financially secure, well-off persecuted Christian friends: Please, let it go. Give it up!”
I’m always amazed when “progressives” tout how progressive they are and then start spewing a whole lot of nonsense that is mostly regressive.
The bakers, florists, and photographers who have stood fast on their very sound belief that same-sex marriage is irrational, contrary to nature, and sinful are hardly “well-to-do” and “materially prosperous,” and any way, what does their net worth have to do with anything?
Rev. Queen fails to note that it’s his fellow “progressives” who are crybabies and tyrants — a veritable witches brew of tyranny. So somebody refused to bake a cake for their faux-sex wedding. “W-a-a-a-a-h!”
If they were really the self-righteous “progressives” they claim to be, they would have taken their business elsewhere. “Live and let live.” Hasn’t that been the motto of the homosexual rights movement?
Rev. Queen’s next comment demonstrates how blind some “progressives” can be:
“It doesn’t matter what your worldview is, or what your religious beliefs are: in the public arena, you have to treat everyone equally. This is not rocket science. It’s the best of our democracy.”
Really? Is it democratic in a democracy to discriminate against certain worldview beliefs and behaviors? A black owner of a printing company would be within his worldview rights to discriminate against someone who wanted signs supporting a KKK march. Should an advertising firm accept all advertising requests no matter what is being advertised? Name me a single business that does this, Rev. Queen.
There is no need to repeat these types of examples because they have been reported on over and over again. Even some pro-homosexual “progressives” have noted that it is proper to say no to a business request based on worldview beliefs.
Rev. Queen continues:
“Besides, even if you do think same-sex marriage or partnership is wrong, shouldn’t you still welcome and accept everyone, the way Jesus did? He didn’t require prostitutes and tax collectors to stop doing what they were doing before he fed them and accepted them at the table.”
Jesus did welcome everybody, and the people He met who were involved in some sin were reproved by Him. The Samaritan woman (John 4:7-42), the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), the rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-22) are well-noted examples of Jesus dealing with sin. If Jesus met a same-sex couple, He would have said what He said to the woman caught in the act of adultery: “From now on sin no more” (John 8:11). Are we to imagine that He would have honored their “wedding” by making a cake with “Congratulations” scrawled in icing? I don’t think so.
No one denied service to homosexuals. No one refused to bake a cake for homosexuals. These companies did, however, refuse to accommodate a ceremony that they believed is contrary to God’s Word. And in a democracy, nobody should be forced to support something that he or she believes is immoral.