There was a television series that played during the 1960’s called “The Invaders”. It was a science fiction story that featured a man by the name of David Vincent. He witnessed the landing of an alien spaceship, and the aliens who climbed down from the ship looked just like us. They proceeded to infiltrate American society; their hideous goal, to take over the planet.
David was an architect, but he devoted his life to warning people of the ongoing invasion. No one listened, no one would help him, and he was in constant danger of being captured. The aliens were quickly taking their place in key positions, but they could be recognized by a little finger that stuck out sideways. When they were killed, they would glow red before disintegrating into a pile of unrecognizable ashes.
That story scared me as a child. In fact, there was a time when I was slightly suspicious of my own parents. I thought… what if they have been replaced by, The Invaders? As far as I have been able to determine, they were not. I know this, because they never tried to kill me, and I never saw either one of them trying to conceal a wayward digit.
Unfortunately, there is another invasion that has been under way these past couple of decades or so. I believe that it has been masterfully orchestrated and continues to this day. In fact, the invasion has been so successful that most of our children and a large segment of young adults in their twenties and thirties have been hopelessly overtaken.
The invasion is called Culture Creep, and it has progressed from the sexual revolution that began during the Vietnam era, and first manifested as the make love not war movement of the sixties. It is the slow but steady chipping away at society’s pillars of moral values, especially chastity, monogamy, and sexual orientation.
The perpetrators of this invasion have managed to insert themselves into the popular culture. It is tempting to imagine a great conspiracy, dreamed up and executed by nefarious characters sitting around a massive boardroom table, but I have a feeling that it was carried out by the troubled 60's youth, who ultimately rejoined the establishment.
They became actors, song-writers, script writers, authors, studio executives, network news anchors, radio personalities, newspaper editors, and our most liberal politicians and judges. Slowly, so as to not alarm a conservative nation, their point of view has been introduced.
Television taboos were easy targets. If you can recall the old Dick Van Dyke show, Rob and Laura slept in separate twin beds. It was not too much to ask, to bring husband and wife together, and none of us thought much about it. Today on most any television channel, it is not unusual to see unmarried couples thrashing about in sexual ecstasy. On premium cable channels, there is no guarantee that you won’t see two men doing the same thing.
I recall the day many years ago, when someone brought a Richard Pryor comedy album to school. There was a great deal of snickering, and clandestine passing around of that piece of vinyl, because Mr. Pryor’s recorded performance was filled with utterances of the ‘F’ word. Today’s music and especially today’s comedy acts would seem odd, were they were not littered with that same word.
The plight of the homosexual has been addressed in much the same fashion. It is something that has been with mankind for thousands of years, but in almost all societies, the practice was frowned upon, or was brutally dealt with. No matter how vigorously homosexual activists attempt to explain it away, the Bible is quite clear about God’s view on the subject. In fact, Sodom and Gomorra suffered a horrible destruction at the hand of God, for reasons that included the practice of homosexuality.
The Culture Creep is not finished. Popular culture introduced homosexuality over the years to a conservative public, and Hollywood has taken every opportunity to depict the homosexual lifestyle as nothing different, or out of the ordinary. Barriers were broken down, slowly at first, simply by discussing homosexual themes. If you recall the television series, Three’s Company, the character Jack pretended to be a homosexual man so that the landlord would allow him to live with his two female roommates.
Today, we have prime-time television shows, featuring homosexual characters, living as one would expect any happy-go-lucky sitcom character to live. Entire HBO series are devoted to homosexual characters (Six Feet Under), going so far as to show them engaged in sexual intercourse. The movie, Brokeback Mountain caused a mild uproar not too long ago. This movie overlaid homosexuality onto one of America’s most sacred cows, the Western.
Honestly, I don’t know what causes men or women to desire those of the same gender. I do know instinctively that it makes no sense from a strictly survival of the species point of view. I know that there are consequences when individuals act on those urges, some quite deadly. Of all reported AIDS deaths in the United States, more than fifty percent are gay men, or gay men who are also IV drug abusers. I know that the practice of homosexual relations is described in the Bible as particularly troublesome for God. So much so, that he wiped two cities from the face of the earth.
The Culture Creep has done its damage. This was never so evident than what I observed these past couple of days while participating in a conservative forum called RedState. They describe themselves as a Republican Community Weblog.
I posted a diary entry about a scientific study. It suggested that male babies may be affected by the mother’s body, making them more prone to homosexuality, if she had previously given birth to multiple male babies. A homosexual activist, quoted in the related news article, seized upon the study as further proof that homosexuality is not a chosen condition.
For the purpose of discussion, I took the premise in another direction, suggesting that if the study were accurate, then perhaps homosexuality might prove to be the result of a medical condition, or an illness. It would then be similar to congenital defects, and perhaps the condition could be detected and a cure found.
Now, no one knows if anything causes homosexual tendencies. No one knows if it is caused by a confluence of factors, including the environment that a child grows up in. No one knows for sure, that it isn’t a choice, made at some particular moment in the individual’s life.
I was immediately descended upon by the RedState editors, and numerous participants in the forum. They were almost universally enraged that I might suggest homosexuality could be a disease, or a congenital defect. There was outrage that I could be so crass and insensitive, and suggestions that I may have crossed “the line” or come close.
Here I find the results of the Culture Creep. It is likely that many participants as well as some of the editors are relatively young, and they have grown up during this ever progressive move toward a liberal view about sexuality and homosexuality in particular. Today, almost everyone knows someone who is a professed homosexual, or they have family members who are.
What is incomprehensible to me, is that these people haven’t a shred of doubt that the popular culture is correct. There is no questioning of the notion that the consensus opinion may be flawed. I find no pause in them to consider that homosexuality might be inappropriate, and that God has not sent down a new revised guidebook. References to homosexuality in the Bible have not been rewritten to accommodate today’s culture.
I am inclined to believe that homosexuality is not a medical malady, but more likely it is the result of upbringing, and the environment that these individuals are exposed to during their formative years. I think that today’s younger generations, thanks to the Culture Creep, have confused the issue for many, providing a false impression that homosexuality is nothing but an entrée that can be chosen from life’s buffet of lifestyles.
I have no desire to persecute homosexuals. The editors at RedState may want to portray me as an extension of the Fred Phelps, Gay’s are going to hell cult from Kansas. I have no such inclinations. That group has nothing to do with the faith I am familiar with. Their anti-military, funeral crashing, freak show is an abomination and has nothing whatsoever to do with my feelings about homosexuality, nor the Christian faith.
No, the issue of homosexuality is twofold. First, whatever it means in terms of right or wrong is completely the business of the individual. If it is sin, then it is between God and the sinner. But the other side of the issue does reach out beyond the individual. For instance, the gay marriage movement has thrust homosexuality front and center, and the on-going drive to classify homosexuality as a special protected class, as we have done for racial minorities, muddies the legal waters.
What is sad about this experience is to realize that these young adults, brainwashed by the Culture Creep, are incapable of helping people that might question their sexuality. This generation will encourage such people to accept the inevitable. They will council them to be gay if they think they are gay, because we just want you to be happy.
That may be the most destructive advice that could ever be given. It may lead to a life of misery, uncertainty, and in many cases a life of multiple and frequent sex partners. A practice that may end in death from AIDS. I had a friend who led such a lifestyle. He went through a period where he knew that he should change his ways, but he never could. He died from AIDS several years ago.
God has moved beyond those early harsh measures, at least since he established the New Covenant by sending his Son, Jesus, to die for us on the cross. By that act of Grace, we understand some basic truths. God hates sin, we are all guilty of sin, and no one is able to approach God’s presence while they are tarnished by sin.
The Christian faith understands one final truth, and that is that our sins are wiped cleanly away if we trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Only Jesus was without sin, and only Jesus could present himself to pay the penalty for sin in our place. All we are asked to do is trust in Him, and believe. That is the meaning of faith, and it is difficult for many to comprehend.
If we trust in Christ Jesus, are we no longer sinners? We are sinners by our very nature, but our sin is not held against us when we accept God’s gracious gift by believing in Jesus and that he died in our place. God sees only the sin of disobedience. There are no rankings for sin. The criminal who died on a cross alongside Jesus was assured forgiveness, despite his evil past. He said to Jesus, I believe in you, and Jesus said to him… “Truly I say to you, because you have believed, this day you will be with me in Paradise.”
Look at the steady march of the Culture Creep. It has taken us from modesty to unfettered sex shown on television sets in our homes. Now it is moving to change the very heart of heterosexual relationships, marriage. Where will the Culture Creep stop? I fear that it will not stop. The Culture Creep has nearly won the battle, and as older, more socially conservative generations disappear, the war will be lost as well. It is sad, but our younger generations will likely perceive this to be a positive thing.
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