Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pastor arrested for so-called "hate speech"

Al Mohler wrote an important piece this morning on the British pastor arrested for saying homosexuality is a sin. This may be a harbinger of things to come on both sides of the Atlantic. His conclusion:
We are witnessing the constriction of Christian speech and the criminalizing of Christian ministry. The Bible clearly condemns homosexual behaviors, and the Christian church has been clear about this teaching for twenty centuries. But now, the statement that homosexuality is a sin can land a preacher in jail.

We will soon learn which nations truly believe in religious liberty and freedom of speech. Cases like this are inevitable when the logic of hate speech and special rights for “sexual minorities” prevails.

You can read the whole thing here.

What is the right response to all this? Fear? No. Anger? No. Political and legal recourse? Perhaps. But most importantly, we must be a people of prayer and steadfast faith. I cannot help but think of Hebrews 12:3-4, "For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin."

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