In my youth I rebelled against God and my parents. Only by His grace and through the prayers of my parents I finally found my path to redemption.
Even with a chaotic life during my teens and early 20’s, I grew up in an age when America was very different. There were virtually no drugs on the streets, and there were few known homosexuals. It was considered an anomaly, a perversion, not only by me and my family, but by most of the entire Western world.
Here is a report from theatlantic.com describing the ‘70’s:
On May 18, 1970, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell walked into a courthouse in Minneapolis, paid $10, and applied for a marriage license. The county clerk, Gerald Nelson, refused to give it to them. Obviously, he told them, marriage was for people of the opposite sex; it was silly to think otherwise.
When the clerk rejected Baker and McConnell’s application, they sued in the state court. Nothing in the Minnesota marriage statute, Baker noted, mentioned gender. And even if it did, he argued, limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples would constitute unconstitutional discrimination on the basis of sex…
The trial court dismissed Baker’s claim. The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that dismissal, in an opinion that cited the dictionary definition of marriage and contended, “The institution of marriage as a union of man and woman… is as old as the book of Genesis.”
Finally, in 1972, Baker appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. It refused to hear the case, rejecting it with a single sentence: “The appeal is dismissed for want of a substantial federal question.” The idea that people of the same-sex might have a constitutional right to get married, the dismissal suggested, was too absurd even to consider.
The Atlantic revealingly stated the fight for gay marriage in America had to be first won among the American people, and then the courts.
A SUDDEN SHORTAGE OF TOP LAWYERS
And so it was, when lawyers for samesex marriage presented their cases to the Supreme Court in 2015, there was not a single major law firm that would represent the Biblical perspective!
“The level of sheer desire to crush dissent is pretty unprecedented,” said a former federal appeals court judge who teaches law at Stanford.
The transformation began slowly at first, and then things began to change exponentially. Homosexuals began to “come out.” They banded together. They changed their branding to “being gay.” They ranted against homophobia. They called whoever disagreed with them bigots and extremists. They sued. They demanded constitutional rights. Activist groups popped up on campuses across America.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MEDIA
More Hollywood stars began to admit they, too, were gay. Movies and TV shows began appearing, and then proliferating, showing wonderful, warm gay people and mean, harsh homophobes – anti-gays.
A profusion of openly gay men and women became journalists and editors of leading and local newspapers and publications and TV hosts. Today, stories in the secular press nearly 100% of the time present sympathetic articles castigating the homophobic religious types who don’t want to give freedom and equality to people who just want to be their “natural selves.”
The abundance of real facts concerning LGBT is simply not getting to the public because secular media won’t present it.
Just one example: The Christian website WND reported on Dr. Paul McHugh, a former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital who cites a 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden that followed 324 people for up to 30 years who had sex-reassignment surgery.
The study showed that about 10 years after the surgery, transgendered people began to have increased mental difficulties. As they progressed through life, their suicide mortality rose almost 20 times above the comparable nontransgender population.
More compelling perhaps is the recovery data. Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic tracked those who forewent gender reassignment. They found that 70 percent to 80 percent of those [children] who face the confusing identity crisis, but do not ultimately have the surgery, report that their feelings dissipate over time.
Johns Hopkins ended its sexual reassignment surgery [for transgenders] in 1970 for the same reasons. Still there is little in the news about that.
The crushing assault of homosexual propaganda on the West by gay activists in partnership with the media began to change the entire culture of America, of Israel, and of Europe – nations which once had their roots in the Judeo-Christian faith, until conservative Fox News TV host Bill O’Reilly asserted, “The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals. They claim, ‘We are Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’”
“To deny that,” O’Reilly said, “you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”
In other words, the Bible’s moral compass, together with overwhelming scientific facts of the benefits and need for children to have a mother and a father are no longer compelling arguments.
As King David said, “How the mighty have fallen.”
OBAMA SAYS “NO THERAPY FOR GAYS”
There is no doubt President Barack Obama has had enormous influence in pushing the homosexual agenda. His senior adviser Valerie Jarrett recently posted a notice that the administration supports banning any type of “conversion therapy” for LGBT!
This is astounding. There is no other philosophy, religion or practice under the constitution by which you have no right to help someone change from one belief system to another (terrorism excluded). Now, it is forbidden for parents in California, New Jersey and Massachusetts to seek counsel for their own children! A state representative fighting such a ban in Colorado warned, “Human dignity demands that a person be allowed to choose for himself.”
Last year the Texas Republican Party adopted a plank recognizing “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.” Nevertheless, the Texas Legislature is one of the states that is now reconsidering making illegal any kind of treatment for homosexuals, even if they want help! (Ibid.)
Obviously, this push is most of all directed against churches, pastors, and born again believers who are calling for people to turn back to God.
OBAMA THREATENS AFRICAN COUNTRIES
One area of the world where large minorities or even majorities of Christians live, is Africa. These countries with Christian influence still stand firm against forcing homosexual values on their entire cultures. Yet President Barack Obama is actively attempting to force homosexual values on these African nations by threatening to withhold aid if they don’t pass laws to legalize same-sex marriages!
The gay movement has become the sharp point of the arrow of sexual immorality. Any legal decree which legislates disobedience to the Word of God signifies that a strong demonic force is attacking the whole of society.
The strategy of Satan is this: By the next generation, these sins will be so embedded in these post-Christian nations, that children who have grown up in this environment will totally accept homosexuality, abortion, atheism, porn and the like as Truth – as The Norm.
As I have watched evil, deceptive powers force the agenda of the gay movement on all society, I wanted to speak out on this subject, but didn’t know how.
And then I heard our close friend Dennis Rouse preach to his mega-congregation on the subject of sexual sin. With his pastor’s heart, he analyzes the current cultural challenges much better than I could and brings superb balance for believers who may be perplexed as to how to respond. Click here to read his message on the Maoz Israel Report.
GAY LIFE IN ISRAEL
When I moved to Israel in 1967, this nation was very similar to the U.S. culture. Homosexuality was not a subject thought of, let alone discussed in the public arena.
Not in the press, not on TV or in movies. In fact, it was considered a disgrace, a humiliation for a family that had to grapple with this issue.
All that has changed. Today Israel’s homosexuals are a protected species. If 16-year-old kids want to check out what it’s all about, they can walk into gay “youth clubs” with no supervision at all. Gays are in the army, the navy and the air force. The mayor of Tel Aviv has long worked to make our city the “homosexual capital of the world.” He thinks it’s great for tourism.
Israeli Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich told Galey Israel Radio, “There are many senior officials in the media market in Israel, among those who hold the mike and tell us what we should think and what we should say, many, many of them are [LGBT] themselves.”
Smotrich claimed that mainstream support for the LGBT community stems from the media coverage, and in the radio interview said conservative beliefs – like his own – are absent from the media debate.
“These people hold immense power in shaping our social consciousness. When you look at the list today, there are many dozens [of gays], the most dominant figures today [in the media]… so naturally, an opinion like mine cannot be heard,” he told the radio.
One of the ways the gay movement in Israel has become nationally accepted is through their yearly parades in Tel Aviv. These end up in wild beach parties on the Mediterranean Sea, where nudity, drugs and public sex goes uncontested. Of course many straight Israeli young people stream to these parties where absolutely anything goes. No one checks the ages of anyone and it is my opinion that many youngsters have their first taste of the gay life at these parades.
But the Tel Aviv parades were not enough. Gay activists demanded a yearly parade in Jerusalem. When the ultra-Orthodox mayor in office in 2005 would not grant a permit for such a parade, Israel’s Supreme Court fined the mayor personally 30,000 shekels, some $10,000, and ordered that the parade be permitted. Now there are such parades in seven more cities.
In 2009, a man entered a Tel Aviv gay center called “Youth Bar” and shot two people, one a 17 year-old, and injured 15 others, mostly minors. Need it be said? This was an unspeakable slaughter. But here is an important point that was not brought out in any public media nor the press. No one said one word about that club being filled with kids.
Yet there is a law on the books that if a Messianic Jew brings a youth under 18 to faith in Yeshua, he or she could face a jail sentence. My point here is that Israeli society has passed laws against Messianic Jews. But Israeli children are clearly not being protected from homosexual predators by law. They are protected from heterosexual predators. Figure that!
Ultra Orthodox Jews do not support homosexuality, but they keep a low profile in opposing it. In fact, the only opposition I’ve heard of is through violence: an ultra- Orthodox man recently broke through police lines in the latest Jerusalem gay parade and stabbed three people, killing one 16 year-old girl who came to watch. The death of the girl has caused an outpouring of sympathy from the Israeli public for the gay movement with politicians and officials attending her funeral.
Because marriage licenses in Israel are under the control of the Rabbinical court, there is no same-sex marriage in Israel. But the government does recognize samesex unions. Some 60% of Israel’s society are pro-gay.
As judgment to the nations is spelled out in the New and Old Testaments, I fear that Israel will not escape Jacob’s Trouble, foretold by Israel’s prophets of old. These prophets were God’s loving warnings to the Jewish people first, and then to all nations, that there is a Judgment Day coming.
All nations that break God’s laws will pay the consequences God so desires not to bring against His beloved creation.
This article was originally published on Maoz Israel Report, October 2015.