Hate Speech?

On November 7, 2013 the United States Senate passed a bill entitled, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”  This bill, if approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the President, will prohibit businesses from refusing to hire, or from firing, employees based upon their sexual orientation.  If enacted, this bill will grant protected status to homosexuals equal to that which has previously been established for ethnic minorities and women.  It will also have the force of legitimizing homosexual behavior by giving it legal standing in our judicial system.  This has been a goal of the homosexual lobby for many years, and it is now closer to reality than ever before.  Most Americans are unaware that this bill has been introduced in one or both of the houses of Congress nearly every year for about thirty years.

According to proponents of this measure, religious organizations and certain members-only clubs or organizations are exempted from the law’s provisions.  So also are businesses with fewer than fifteen employees.  This exemption was written into the law to garner support from conservative members of Congress and as a preemptive move to negate any objections from conservative religious groups.

As with most aspects of the liberal agenda, this law has much wider ramifications in its practical application, especially with regard to our First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of religion.  This law, when taken in conjunction with current laws regarding so-called “hate speech,” will have the practical effect of silencing any public criticism of homosexuality.  Thus, if a preacher proclaims the Bible’s condemnation of homosexual behavior, he may find himself prosecuted for “hate speech,” and he and his congregation sued for discrimination against homosexuals.  The final passage of this law is uncertain at present, but the full-court pressure by the homosexual lobby will not let up until it becomes the law of the land.

This law brings to light a fundamental truth of scripture.  It is that when we speak the truth, we are going to make enemies in the world.  When Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia, he chastised them about their drifting from the gospel he had preached to them.  In Gal. 4:16 he said, “So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?”  The implied answer, of course, was that he was not their enemy, even though they acted as if he were.  By telling them the truth he was being more of a friend to them than if he ignored their errant behavior.  And this is the principle that must guide us today in the face of things like ENDA.

In Prov. 6:16-19 Solomon wrote of seven things God hates.  Each of these things is a behavior, not a person.  The same may be said for God’s view of homosexuality.  Homosexual behavior is identified as an abomination in Lev. 18:22.  It is called a detestable act in Lev. 20:13.  Homosexual acts, along with a number of other sinful deeds, are practices which make one worthy of spiritual death according to Paul in Rom. 1:18-32.  This is God’s decree on this subject, but it is not “hate speech.”

The truth is that homosexual behavior will condemn one’s soul.  To point out this truth is not hateful, and it is not discriminatory.  It is, in fact, the most loving thing one can do.  We must no more withhold the truth about this sin than we would about lying or murder or sexual immorality between heterosexuals.  To warn a sinner of the spiritual consequences of his behavior is what God has done from the beginning of time, and it is what we must continue to do today, no matter what the laws of men may say.