A new bill, the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), has been introduced in the House of
Representatives by homosexual Congressman Barney Frank. The bill (HR 2015) would
force organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars, day care
centers, Christian business owners, adoption agencies, public schools,
municipalities and a host of other businesses and organizations to hire
ENDA would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote
an employee based on his or her sexual orientation or "gender identity."
Such acts would be considered crimes subject to severe penalties. For a list of
the co-sponsors of ENDA,
The same day that ENDA was introduced, another bill — commonly called
the Hate Crimes Act
(HR 1592) — cleared committee for a full vote by the House. The Hate Crimes
Act criminalizes a vast array of state and local acts and threatens religious
leaders with criminal prosecution for their thoughts, beliefs, and statements.
Surely I must be missing something ....
Aren't these good things? Or if not good, are they really harmful?? Do they really threaten my faith? If my faith can be so affected by some bill that is made into law then my faith is in trouble long before the bill was introduced. I especially wondered just how someone could be prosecuted for their thoughts and beliefs??? Can that really happen? I don't think so. Statements maybe, but thoughts??? I always thought thoughts and beliefs were private unless they were made public through by speaking or writing them so I'm a little confused as to how someone can be prosecuted for something like a thought.
And what's so terrible about a Christian organization hiring a gay person? As far as I know churches do not hire teachers - a least the churches I've been in do not. And pastors are usually held up for some sort of vote by some official body somewhere before they are "hired". If that official body wanted their pastor to be homosexual don't they have that right? It may not make it "right" but in this country we do have freedom of religion, don't we?
I can't see how a person being homosexual would damage the message of Christ. HOWEVER, I do see where if they were hired by some Christian organization who followed the message of Christ that they just might encounter a balanced blend of His grace and truth and perhaps their lives might be changed. Isn't that what it's all about anyway?
It kind of bugs me, or it really bugs me that there is this idea out there that we (Christians) are somehow supposed to be separate from the rest of the world. We are good at it too. We have "Christian" TV, "Christian" radio, "Christian" newspapers, "Christian" magazines, and now we even have "Christian" forums like MySpace and "Godtube" as opposed to "Youtube.
Yep, we're good at being separate but I don't think that's a good thing. I always thought we were supposed to be "in" the world, just not "of" it. It seems to me when we remove ourselves from the world we are nothing more than a Christian club - otherwise known as salt that has lost it's flavor.