This set of observations was offered by David Gushee, an ethicist of some note with Mercer University. Not only are the homosexual activists declaring a premature victory in the sexual culture wars, but they have also begun discussions on how much damage we Christians did in the course of the fighting, and have begun to muse about what reparations we must owe. But as far as paying reparations is concerned, and I speak here in what is almost certainly a metaphor, they can take my gun after I am dead and see what they can get for it on eBay.
Gushee laments all the damage we did by remaining faithful to a moral tradition grounded in nature, in the revealed will of God, and extending over thousands of years. And he says this because we hurt the feelings of people he confusedly identifies as the protagonists of the story.
Look at the points he makes about the damage we did. Stare at those points if need be. The first three consist of some variation of “Christians have become identified with.” I see. By whom? Right. The entire writing staff for Tokyo Rose think that we somehow crossed the line. The next three broadcasts are really going to be something. Prepare to be zinged!
Then his last two bullet points amounted to the same thing. Christians have alienated, Christians have contributed to the fears of, those who are completed muddled on what real alienation is, and what we should actually be afraid of. I always knew that victors wrote the history books, but it takes a postmodernist to write them beforehand. Or a postmillennialist.
The only alienation worth considering in this discussion is alienation from God, and we really ought to talk about it more, because it is the driver of homosexual lust. Fear is worth talking about as well, because when heaven and earth flee away from the judgment seat of Christ, so will all impudent Supreme Court justices gather up the skirts of their robes in order to not make it two steps. Woe to those, Scripture says, who frame mischief with a law.
Alienation is real. Fear is real. What is fake is the redirecting and repurposing of that alienation and fear — pretending that somehow those who love you enough to speak the truth are the haters, and those who despise you enough to lie to you about the state of your eternal soul are those driven by compassion.
Another name for real alienation is the outer darkness, and that is where all of this is going. The only sounds we are told about there are the cries of weeping, and the grinding of teeth. There will be no punditry, no editorials, no MSNBC slow jam, and no court of appeal. And the hardest thing about this state of everlasting alienation is that none of it will be an injustice. I don’t know why people talk about social justice so much. Hell is social justice. We need social mercy.
In the meantime, while the sun is still up and shining on us all, every lame attempt to get us to feel bad for having had the temerity to oppose the establishment of sexual dyslexia in the law will continue to find me unpersuaded. Sorry — girl on girl doesn’t spell anything. Neither does guy on guy.
The secularists have run out of stories. The only story that renews itself, taking many wonderful forms, is the story of the knight and the lady and the dragon. Two knights and a dragon doesn’t work. Neither can two ladies and a dragon. But notice how they always manage to keep the dragon . . .?
But to return to our initial point about how they have declared victory prematurely, I want to finish with an observation from Chesterton. He once said that a small taste of paradise on earth was to fight in a losing battle . . . and then not lose it. That’s where we are right now. Dragons are not easy to take down, and there is always a moment in the fight where it seems as though all is lost. But if you were trained by the right stories, you know the meaning of eucatastrophe.