This month the U.S. federal government has officially endorsed America’s fourth “Gay Pride Month” in the last dozen years. President Bill Clinton originally declared June “Gay Pride Month” in June of 2000, and President Barack Obama has continued that tradition ever since June 2009.1 These declarations foreshadowed his announcement shortly before Mother’s Day last month which made him the first President in the history of the United States to executively communicate moral and political support for changing the historical, common law, statutory and biblical definition of marriage to sanction the ability of two men or two women to marry.
But the West’s great political heroes of only a few generations past had starkly different expressions toward homosexuality (sodomy).
[get_product id=”52″ align=”right” size=”small”]In 1919, after Lenin had led the Soviets to slaughter the entire Russian royal family and then set up the Cheka (his own version of the Gestapo) to hunt down all opponents of Marxism, Winston Churchill like many westerners became aghast to hear the news. He told the cabinet that Lenin and Trotsky should be captured and hanged, “as the object upon whom justice will be executed, however long it takes, and to make them feel that their punishment will become an important object of British policy.”2
He told the Dundee electors that the Bolsheviks were reducing Russia “to an animal form of barbarism,” maintaining themselves by “bloody and wholesale butcheries and murders carried out to large extent by Chinese executions and armored cars. . . . Civilization is being completely extinguished[.]”
But perhaps Churchill’s most telling words were communicated to Lloyd George. Churchill wrote: “You might as well legalize sodomy as recognize the Bolsheviks.”3
Say what? Yes, you read that correctly. Winston Churchill, speaking for all of western society in his day, not only summarized the disdain people should feel toward the evils of Lenin’s Communism but also expressed how utterly unthinkable his generation considered legalized sodomy. Let alone celebrating it. He sensed sodomy was such an unquestionable evil that he felt confident in comparing it to something else he knew to be just as evil so as to effectively convey his moral outrage.
Where is the moral outrage of this generation? Today, in contrast we not only have legalized sodomy, but we celebrate sodomy along with communism publicly, as our new civil leaders encourage us. In this day of self-indulgence and “tolerance,” we’re running short on the morally unthinkable.
Churchill’s generation reflected one less removed from the influence of Christendom — a revival that began in the fifteenth century and saw its height between the sixteenth and seventeenth century with the rise of the Reformers and the Puritans. The momentum of influence that movement had on western culture moved forward with such great force during its time that it has been slow in diminishing, despite all the barriers raised by the Enlightenment, Darwinism, Marxism, Pluralism, Post-Modernism, and other God-opposing ideologies of men. And now, even in the midst of a month when unthinkable evil is being celebrated around America, we are beginning to see Christians once again opening up the lost book of the Law and echoing the cries of the Reformers and Puritans: Sola Scriptura!
When the Lord first made man, even before He commanded him not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, He established for man a basic, universal principle when he gave man woman to enjoy as his helpmeet. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh,” says Genesis 2:24. Again, Ephesians 5:31 repeats: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”
God’s moral principle is clear. Marriage was designed by the Lord to be between a man and a woman. To do any other is an act of direct rebellion against the Lord of Glory, the Creator, the Sovereign. To reject God’s design for marriage (and as a facet of it, sexuality) is to do the unthinkable.
It is one thing to encourage our citizens not to take the law into their own hands or not to act ungraciously to fellow sinners in need of repentance and salvation. It is quite another to encourage a people living in sin to be unashamed — indeed “proud” — of on-going commissions of an act God calls “an abomination.” (See Leviticus 18:22.)