This is a frequently-invoked reason for not speaking out in objection to the growing influence of homosexuality (and a hundred other depraved practices) in our culture.
And my answer is always the same: the fight against homosexuality is not "politics" It may have a political manifestation here and there, but it's far greater. We are talking about people's lives, the well-being of children, and frankly, the very future of civilization. If we can't apply God's Word and our faith to that, where do we apply it?
I thought once again about this whole debate as I got off the phone recently with another set of stunned parents who had just discovered written material that revealed their child's belief he was a homosexual. These are Christians, who had reason to believe their high-achieving son, who attends a non-Christian school, was doing fine. And his written confessions revealed that he was very "proud" of his new identity. Where did this come from?
While it's hard to pinpoint any one influence, our children are hearing virtually everywhere that homosexuality is perfectly acceptable, as natural as one's race or eye color, and that anyone who says otherwise is the equivalent of a Ku Klux Klan member. We sometimes avoid this subject in our Bible-based church youth groups, but they aren't avoiding it in the liberal churches. It's a favorite topic, a "red badge of courage," and the hordes of young people armed with myths and misinformation emerge from those churches to interact with and convince our ill-equipped "believing" kids. Reports are given in class. Special events are celebrated in schools. MTV and sit- coms exalt the lifestyle and scorn dissenters. And in the midst of all this is the Internet and even more chances to be deceived.
As I once believed all the politically correct nonsense, and was ready to teach it to my kids, so are many other well intentioned parents who just don't understand what's happening. They don't know about the growing numbers of middle schoolers trying homosexual practices, nor the numbers of vocal "gay" teachers and counselors in our schools-not to mention Girl and Boy Scout leaders! This creates greater of risk of seduction. What does a lonely or even typically unsure 15 year-old say when a twenty-five year-old same sex coach or mentor "confesses" a crush on him or her? What kind of confusion does this stimulate? How will this information be processed in an environment where those who should know-Christians-remain silent about the lies?
And what will God's questions be to us on that Day when we face Him, and He asks: Why didn't you speak up?
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." Ephesians 5:11