Since many of you reading this likely watch my show, I suppose I need to warn you that according to some recent news articles, you are watching a show hosted by a hateful bigot. And that was about the nicest things said about me.
I recently spoke at the National Religious Broadcasters meeting in Anaheim, CA and was interviewed by the Christian Post. They asked me what did I believe was the biggest threat facing our culture. I replied that it was the abandonment of the Biblical standards of the family. The view that there is no such thing as maleness or femaleness anymore. That marriage doesn’t really matter so therefore divorce is no big deal and any form of marriage is equally valid—not just between a male and female. That fathers aren’t that important to the development of a child. That gender is fluid and we can just choose a gender based on how we feel rather than how we were created. And that the Bible is an old book that no longer represents our changing culture and it often fails to be on the “right side of history.”
Since that article, virtually every left-wing publication in the country has blasted me for what they called homophobic and anti-LGBTQ hate. Most fail to point out that I said virtually NOTHING about LGBTQ anything. My main point was the reason for so much cultural confusion and moral decadence was the Christian church. Too many modern churches have decided to preach a gospel that doesn’t offend anyone by basically saying “do whatever you feel good about. “ We have ignored or dismissed Biblical standards so we can be modern, relevant, in-touch, hip, and relatable. Surely God would never want us to hurt someone’s feelings or disagree with THEIR beliefs. I certainly don’t think God wants us to be obnoxious, judgmental, hateful, or self-righteous, but without apology I believe God has created a standard and we need to challenge our culture to tune itself to God’s truth rather than to demand God tune Himself to “my truth” and our culture. Before I can play a piece of music, I must first tune the instrument to the musical standard. Whether the standard is a tuning fork, a well-tuned piano, or an electronic tuning device, even the most virtuoso musician will only make noise if his/her instrument isn’t tuned to the fixed, absolute notes of the musical scale.
I didn’t make the rules. If there is indeed a God and I believe there is, then He creates the rules since He created the game. My job as a human is not to persuade Him to agree to MY behavior or standards, but to change my behavior to HIS standards. I don’t hate anyone, but I refuse to ignore or deny God’s law or natural law. If I fail to tune my life to those standards, how can I hope to make music of my life? When every instrument in the band plays according to its own standard of tuning, the result is chaos and noise. The instruments are not the same in tone or volume, or sound, but they join together to make music only if they agree on the tuning device. You are free to live the life you wish to live, but you are not free to tune your life to what YOU feel, believe or think instead of a standard of God and end up with a result that is beautiful.
If that makes me a hateful bigot, then it’s because those who label me that are tuned to a different standard. With no apology, I’ll do my best to tune my life and beliefs to God’s unchanging standard rather than ask Him to re-write the Bible and tune His standards to me.