Thideological News of the Day

The Battle for Acceptance

newsboy-3small.gifA man in Alexandria, Virginia who operates a video duplicating business is being ordered by a government commission to make copies of a video that promotes homosexuality. The man, Tim Bono, initially refused to make copies for a lesbian activist because he did not want to participate in circulating a message that contradicted his Christian principles. There is even a stated store policy which informs potential customers that Bono reserves the right to NOT reproduce material he considers obscene or that runs contrary to his Christian and ethical principles.

Now, if the lesbian activist had only wanted to get duplicates of the tape she would have taken her business elsewhere, right? I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’d be willing to bet there is another place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that copies video tapes. In fact, there’s probably one sympathetic to this cause that might have been willing to offer a discount.

But, instead, the activist caused a ruckus and complained to someone because the Arlington Human Rights Commission got involved. Homosexual activists claim their goal is “tolerance.” But that’s not true. What they want is full acceptance. And if Christians resist, well, as this case illustrates, they will be forced to comply with political correctness.

Helping Churches “do their job”

Tom Hanks, the star of the upcoming movie The Da Vinci Code, thinks the movie (despite it’s incredible attack on biblical Christianity) could “help churches do their job.”

“If they put up a sign saying, ‘This Wednesday we’re going to discuss the gospel,’ 12 people show up,” said Hanks. “But if the sign says, ‘We’re discussing The Da Vinci Code,’ 800 people show up.”

That may be true, Mr. Hanks, but God has not charged His Church with entertaining the masses. Our job is to “make disciples.” That means teaching Scripture. And if churches use the occasion to hold up the false doctrine and fake history in The Da Vinci Code against the truth then I agree. There’s value in that. But seeking to entertain for the purpose of drawing a big crowd, well, that’s another matter.

Besides, there is something to be said for effectively teaching 12 people rather than entertaining 800. I think there is a precedent for that somewhere.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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