Perhaps ABC was simply reflecting a change in its own limited demographics, but the story reflects the importance of President Obama declaring his support for gay marriage. It also is an indicator of the weakness in American Christianity.
Those who support gay marriage and push for its legal sanction are enraptured with utopian ideas. This is nothing new. Humans have always sought some sort of utopia, some place of safety and peace free from dissent and persecution and such ideas are rampant in popular culture.
In Ohio, teen Maverick Couch won the right to openly wear a tee shirt proclaiming that “Jesus is not a homophobe” in the halls of Waynesville High School, arguing:
We need to accept others how they come no matter their religion, sexual orientation, the color of their skin. Everyone is who they are. We all need to come together as a whole and accept everyone.
In the intro to Lady Gaga’s video for “Born This Way” there is a Manifesto of Mother Monster:
On G.O.A.T, a Government Owned Alien Territory in space, a birth of magnificent and magical proportions took place. But the birth was not finite; it was infinite. As the wombs numbered, and the mitosis of the future began, it was perceived that this infamous moment in life is not temporal; it is eternal. And thus began the beginning of the new race: a race within the race of humanity, a race which bears no prejudice, no judgment, but boundless freedom. But on that same day, as the eternal mother hovered in the multiverse, another more terrifying birth took place: the birth of evil. And as she herself split into two, rotating in agony between two ultimate forces, the pendulum of choice began its dance. It seems easy, you imagine, to gravitate instantly and unwaveringly towards good. But she wondered, “How can I protect something so perfect without evil?”
This reflects a utopian idea held by the gay community. They are looking for a place where there is “no prejudice, no judgment” and “boundless freedom.” For those who accept gay sexuality, it is a grand idea and even one endued with its own sense of justice. However, the push for a gay utopia will indeed have prejudice and judgment and will only have boundless freedom for those who join the emerging society.
New York Times reports that Christians are divided over the issue of gay marriage. Mainline denominations, even in conservative quarters, are losing members en masse over the issue, even if a particular denomination does not support gay marriage.
The sought after Gaytopia will be a safe haven for people of numerous sexual proclivities not accepted by a Biblical view of sexuality. With President Obama supporting gay marriage, there is a tremendous amount of political courage for supporters of gay marriage. Knowing that the religious establishment would never legitimize gay sexual proclivities in the culture, gays sought legal empowerment through political establishment. With the most powerful man in the country backing them, gays and their supporters now have an open door to push hard for establishing their ideas without limit.
While some have been convinced to accept gay sexuality through guilt (by accusing them of hatred) others are accepting gay sexuality through the very real threat of persecution. With the political winds turning against the church, Christians have a choice. They can either stand for traditional biblical views on sexuality or they can seek peaceful co-existence with a community that will be recognized and protected by law. The push to abandon institutional denominations is a movement to take Christianity underground, make it private, and avoid persecution. It is downright delusional to think that once boundless sexuality has been fully enshrined politically that it will not be forced on the culture at large. Persecution for “hate crimes” will be the cultural and political norm. To avoid persecution, many Christians will openly accept gay marriage under the empty “God is love” theology.
When voters in North Carolina supported Amendment One, declaring marriage as one man and one woman, to the exclusion of gay marriage, they openly revolted against the shifting political winds that are bringing about Gaytopia.
Should progressives win the day and boundless sexuality is established by law in the culture, they will have to prosecute traditional Christians who dissent or the laws they enact will not be taken seriously. As I argued in a previous article, governments are designed to legislate morality and the immoral are punished.