BullyingMay 4, 2012 9:16 am homosexuality
Dan Gilgoff reported recently in CNN’s online Belief Blog that columnist Dan Savage stands by comments on ‘bull**t in the Bible.’ The column appeared on May 1, 2012. Savage is a gay-rights activitist. In a recent speech on bullying, Savage made the remark that “we can learn to ignore the bull**t in the Bible about gay people.” The remarks were made at a conference for high school students during which some students walked out. When the students walked out, Savage remarked, “It’s funny to someone who is on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible how pansay**ed people react when you push back.” Later, Savage apologized for that specific remark in Sunday’s blog post, writing that his word choice “was insulting, it was name-calling, and it was wrong.”
I would like to make some observations regarding this incident. First, Savage was clearly disrepectful of his audience and insulted many of their values and beliefs. These students will never forget this incident. It is one of those memories created that defines the debate about a moral issue like homosexuality. Second, Savage blasphemes the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. It is the voice of God to man. Consequently, Savage blasphemed God. The word blaspheme means “to speak against that which is holy.” Savage manifests blatant disrespect for God’s Word. Perhaps that is why he advocates sin against God. Third, Savage manifests blatant hypocrisy. He says he is against bullying and then turns around and bullies others who disagree with him. He held a positiion of authority and totally destroyed his integrity as a speaker. He is no longer credible.
The homosexual issue is being pressed by many today. The push is one to legitimize this sin in our culture and throughout the world. Swearing at the Bible’s teaching does not alter what God has said. Consider a few thoughts from scripture. “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet” (Romans 1:26-27). This is one of the passages that Savage denigrated in his speech. Vehement protestations will not change the truth of God’s Word.