I will say that I believe the Indiana law is a good and necessary regulation.
I will even affirm that there has been much hysteria, hypocrisy, and dishonesty evidenced by it’s opponents over the last week.
Now, let’s talk about Easter.
Easter is the day on the church calendar, the day churches plan way in advance for.
This is because it’s become not only a day for the already faithful, but an evangelistic service as well.
I don’t expect that we will see many gay “seekers” darken the door of our churches.
There will probably not be too many “liberals” undocumented aliens, or other such riff raff stumbling in either.
The Gospel in this country has been buried in the cultural and political war garments that keep it identified with one side of the political spectrum and not with a Christ who came to seek and save the lost.
What the religious right in this country has failed to recognize is that those who support gay marriage and gay rights believe they are doing what is just and loving.
They think they are emulating the virtues people used to associate with the church.
They no longer associate those virtues with us.
The right engages in as much hysteria, hypocrisy, and dishonesty on other issues.
That is the nature of politics.
We have allowed the church to be stained with the same by association.
When our language and attitudes speak only of the law of God and not the love of God we have lost the Gospel message.
We win the political battle and lose the Gospel war.
Until and unless we learn to incorporate a message of redemption and sacrificial love into our political discourse Easter will be a celebration preached to an increasingly shrinking choir.
We may gain political power at the cost of Gospel impotence.
We may uphold the law of God and simultaneously strip the Gospel of it’s power to save sinners and change lives.
That would be a far greater loss than losing the culture war.