POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS CORRECTNESS HAS GONE TOO FAR
“He said what?” I asked when my friend called to tell me of the YouTube video gone viral. “Oh no,” I thought to myself. “I need to go see it for myself.” That is when I, two years ago, first saw the clips from the message preached by Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina on Mother’s Day. This is an excerpt of what he said.
“Build a great big large fence 50 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. You know what, in a few years, they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.”
Go see it for yourself if you like it’s still on YouTube. Thousands of others have. At the time I decided to check out the reactions to his comments for myself. I was amazed. Pastor Worley stirred up a hornets nest with that one. Everyone from liberals to conservatives and from atheists to the religious echoed vicious attacks against this country preacher. I felt it had to be addressed then and especially now, but it could not be relegated to one or two thoughts. There are many different angles I feel must be considered.
First of all, while I did not know this pastor well, I did know of him. From everything I knew he was and is a good man who is a soul winning, separated, Bible believing and Bible preaching pastor. So, from that alone I wanted everyone to know then and now that I AM ON HIS SIDE. I did not say I agree with him on everything he says or does. I said, “I am on his side.”
I was on the side of Lester Roloff when he called out the state officials. I was on the side of Jack Hyles when he was viciously accused and attacked. I was on the side of Rush Limbaugh when he called the young lady a slut and the liberals and even some conservatives called for his lynching.
Hear me Christian. It is always a good idea to side with a principled man even when (maybe especially when) he is attacked for some outrageous statement, action or even accusation. Fair weather friends always run when they hear the threatenings of Goliath against the people of God. They side with political correctness over spiritual truth when our method is not popular or we feel it has been improperly stated.
I am on the side of right belief not politically correct belief. I am on the side of the one who says right in the wrong way. That is much better than saying wrong the right way, isn’t it? WELL, ISN’T IT? Of course it is. To be honest, there was a day when men of God would have rallied behind a man like Pastor Worley quickly and unapologetically. Not so much in this day and age.
OK, I don’t actually agree with what he said should be done to the homosexuals, but I sure do agree with the severity he placed upon the sin in which they are partaking.
Should Pastor Worley have apologized for his remarks? While this good pastor may have decided to clarify his message HE NEED NOT apologize for it, nor should we feel the need to distance ourselves from him. Let me make it clear, I had no intentions of jumping on the bandwagon of his critics. Have you taken a close look at who our critics are?
When Rush Limbaugh years ago called the young lady a “slut,” he apologized for the personal nature of his words but NOT for the principles behind them. He survived because he refused to be forced into relinquishing the positions he espouses. Look at the words he used in his apology.
“For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability?
Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”
(Reprinted from www.rushlimbaugh.com March 3, 2012)
Notice that he did not apologize for what he believes. He merely apologized for the personal insult to the young lady. The liberals attempt to press us into backing off our stand. We can back off the severity of our words, but we must not subsequently back off the position that brought those words. That is how compromise begins.
We start to apologize for that in which we believe. Christians must not allow the political correctness police to cause us to be afraid of our beliefs. The truth is this. Homosexuality is an abomination to God. It is clear and simple and we must not be intimidated to back down to their real agenda. They want us to accept them and their sin like Joel Osteen and other evangelicals have done.
Let us not forget that Pastor Worley took his strong stand against the sin of homosexuality in response to President Obama’s statement about same sex marriages. This pastor, along with many other pastors took to their pulpits preaching what they saw as a violation of Scriptures.
There was a day when Christians got angry at sin and the rest of us applauded them. What happened? Have we allowed sin to no longer be exceedingly sinful to us? This pastor merely expressed what he has always expressed for over 50 years of ministry. As a result he was immediately jumped on by the liberal press and politically correct “Christians.”
The truth is, I believe Pastor Worley brought into the light what the majority of decent Americans feel, but are afraid to express. The state of North Carolina had voted, along with 31 other states, to make a constitutional amendment for marriage to be between a man and a woman. This could prevent activist judges overturning the will of the people through their judicial rulings.
We live in a nation which by and large is disgusted with the openness of sin, but we have too many men who are afraid of speaking out boldly. By our fear of speaking out are we not merely giving boldness to those who should have to practice their sins in darkness.
Men like Joel Osteen make us feel that homosexuality is a naughty thing, but that we should not make the sinners feel ashamed of their lifestyle. America could do with a good dose of shame at this point. Maybe we all need to read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah again. They came to accept the openness of the sodomites and God poured out his wrath upon them. We are becoming far too accepting of this sin.
Homosexuality is one of America’s besetting sins of this hour. As much as I hate abortion and decry it for the murder that it is, I see the greatest wrath of God poured out on this sin even as we try to be understanding of these Sodomites.
Lot “Osteen” indulged with kindness and acceptance those evil men. But look what the angel of the Lord did. “And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.” Genesis 19:11. The result was God sending judgment and destruction upon Sodom.
America is seeking to stay righteous even as “religious” leaders fall silent in their so called correctness. The simple truth is that people will respond when we get away from the prosperity Gospel and the feel good message of many evangelicals and cry out with boldness against sin.
The prophets of old would certainly be YouTube sensations today. Elijah would have gone viral many times on YouTube. Jonathan Edwards would have had to change his message to Sinners in the Hands of an Accepting God instead of an ANGRY GOD.
Allow me to applaud the members of Providence Road Baptist Church for their support of Pastor Worley. By the way, it is their church and what he says is not the business of the press or anyone else. Since when do we allow others to decide what we preach? This is called religious freedom. Like what he said or hate what he said, but it really is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
Maybe we need a couple thousand other men of God to go to their pulpits this week and do likewise. Or, maybe you are afraid of your deacons or some of the female “saints” in your congregation. We need a good dose of political incorrectness in this country right now and a return of crying out against sin. I am sad to say that there is more courage on conservative talk radio than there is in many of our independent Baptist pulpits.
Allow me to address the actual words spoken by my pastor brother. While I do not actually agree with him as to what we should do to these homosexuals neither do I believe that he was speaking literally. Has anyone ever heard of being facetious? People say things such as this all of the time. He did not mean it literally. Here is a man who has given his life to rescuing the perishing yet we allow him to be viciously attacked for the extremity of his words knowing that his track record shows that he is a man who loves sinners.
We always say hate the sin but love the sinner but sometimes I think we take it too far. We seem to want to hate the sin without offending the sinner. Sorry but that is not the way it works. There is a fine line between being offended and being convicted. Sin is offensive to God and ought to be offensive to us as his people. Genuine prophets of God will offend many by the truth they proclaim. Sorry but it is an occupational hazard.
What frightens me is not what Pastor Worley said from his pulpit, but how many Christians are sitting in front of their television sets watching “Glee” along with “Will and Grace” and other shows each week that promote this abominable sin of homosexuality. That ought to be what upsets us.
We cringe at his biting words while sitting unaffected by the openness of these acts on our TV sets. There is something wrong when many of us were more offended by how he stood against sin than we are by the promoting of it in society.
Many Christians owe him as well as their Saviour an apology for being critical of a pastor who dared to speak out with extreme zeal against this curse. Had Abraham possessed the courage of Pastor Worley maybe Sodom wouldn’t have been destroyed, although I am sure Lot would have caught it from Mrs. Lot for the political incorrectness of the truth his uncle Abraham was preaching.
In closing allow me to ask you a question. Were you a little offended when you first heard Pastor Worley’s words? Did you cringe? Did you get equally angry and offended when President Obama put his stamp of blessing on homosexuality and transgender restrooms? Do you cringe when you are faced with this sin in your daily life? Maybe we ought to repent of our attitudes towards sin. Maybe it it time for sin to be exceedingly sinful to us again.
If you woke up in the middle of the night and there was someone in your home attacking your family should I judge you harshly if maybe you got a little too aggressive in your anger with that one who was there to violate your loved ones? I think not. Not should we be too harsh on Pastor Worley for his reaction to the wicked act of President Obama.
In fact maybe Mother’s Day was the perfect day for his reaction. After all it seems to me that Pastor Worley is probably the type of man whose mama taught him to hate sin exceedingly. I know my mama did and had that been me that said those things she would have told me, “well said son.”