The Colson Center has related some of the worst defeatism I have seen recently with a column by Boyce College professor and social commentator Denny Burk: “What Will Be the Terms of Surrender?” I say, speak for yourself, Denny Burk.
Here is his view:
The Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last summer ensures that legal gay marriage in all fifty states is a fait accompli at this point.
The only thing that remains is for traditional marriage supporters to negotiate the terms of our surrender and to try and carve out as many religious liberty protections as possible as we move decisively into a cultural minority. . . .
Gay activists and gay marriage supporters seem to have very little interest in a live-and-let-live diversity of opinion on the issue of marriage. They are making sure that the government imposes coercive sanctions on anyone who fails to affirm the moral goodness of gay unions. . . .
Douthat has captured in one column what I have been trying to say over a week of blog posts about this issue. We are watching a moral revolution unfold before our very eyes, and traditional marriage supporters are at the short end of the stick. There is very little that we can do about it but wait to see what terms of surrender will be imposed upon us by the victors.
On one level, I am glad to see such an admission embracing surrender and defeatism in open, historical, practical, progressive terms. What else should we expect from a premillennialist? I am thankful to see one so consistent.
On the other hand, this is not only wrongheaded and misguided, it is discouraging to think Christians like this make up such a large majority of evangelicals.
With Christian leaders like this, who needs U.S. v. Windsor?
With an army of pulpits sapping millions of Christians with “defeat and retreat,” who needs the ACLU?
In many ways, the cultural decline we’ve endured is the fulfillment of the two self-fulfilling prophecies of the baptistic-evangelical heritage in this country: 1) pessimistic eschatology, and 2) he imposition of “neutrality” in the public square. Denny Burk is one more herald of this legacy—he’s just more explicit than most. Both of these positions play directly into the hands of the leftist enlightenment, secular humanism.
It does not take much mental prowess to realize the product of such beliefs. If, on the one hand, you believe that society is inevitably given to devil to devolve into utter depravity and wreck before Jesus will ever return, and on the other hand you believe that distinctly biblical law and Christian test-oaths for office are not required the public square (that it should remain religiously “neutral”), then you have a recipe for the total capitulation of society to the forces of evil with no effective check against them.
The only thing askew in laments like Burk’s here is the element of praise. As sodomites don bishops’ collars and judges’ robes alike, start marrying and giving in marriage, and begin forcing society to acknowledge them and serve them on their terms, guys like Denny Burk ought to be praising God for bringing His pre-return will to pass in society, as allegedly promised, so clearly. Maranatha! Even so, come Lord Jesus!
I have to say, I too have predicted the inevitable overturn of the remnants of DOMA after the Windsor decision. I agree, that much is all but a fait accompli—but only in regard to a Federal Supreme Court decision. So what? Are you telling me that’s the end of all things? No. There are still legal avenues through which to fight, and indeed, why not fight to the end?
What is missing, most disturbingly, in the prognostications of these white-flaggers is 1) any hope of victory in history, and consequently, 2) any plan of resistance.
What is noticeable is how oblivious these guys are to the real problems. What “persecution” is Burk afraid of? He quotes conservative commentator Russ Douthat:
[E]ventually, religious schools and colleges would receive the same treatment as racist holdouts like Bob Jones University, losing access to public funds and seeing their tax-exempt status revoked.
Why are Christian schools accessing tax funding anyway? Why are they pursuing accreditations that allow students to rack up huge debts in federal student loans? What kind of Christian education is this? Seems to me we’ve gotten ourselves into a large part of the mess with our insistence on taking government help.
All of this, and suddenly these Christians seem shocked that a revolution has unfolded right before our eyes? That Christians must now roll over and submit? That we must kiss the rod that scourges us? Or the hand that feeds? Prepare for inevitable persecution?
Nonsense. How about a plan of resistance? There are many other avenues of Christian Resistance. They are more difficult and up-hill in our age, largely due to the thousands of pulpits filled with men trained by the likes of Denny Burk. These guys just don’t want to fight, and don’t want you to be able to fight either: it upsets their eschatological scheme.
Let them say what they will. Then let them crawl in their holes of surrender. Sometimes I wish they would just crawl in the hole without writing about it first, but nevertheless, let them do their worst.
Let the Colsonites and other cultural facades puff Burk if they will. He will not speak for me.
This ministry is for those who will fight with a policy of Unconditional Surrender.