Recently, Christian school in Tennessee turned down an application for two students because their adoptive parents were two “married” homosexual men. When this situation came to the light it caused a good deal of controversy, as expected. Of course, on one side, there was the homosexual rights advocates and their allies. But, in the Christian community there was also division — some people applauded the school’s decision while others questioned whether the school was right to reject two young children simply because of their parents’ sinful lifestyle.
To be clear, the school in question already had a policy in place that states the following: “Davidson Academy has the right and responsibility to do everything possible to ensure that its expressed purposes, mission, and beliefs continue in their highest traditions and are not harmed, compromised, or hindered by unacceptable lifestyle conduct on the part of its students, parents or guardians.”
Because of this policy which was in effect before this situation ever took place, the school is well within its rights to do what it did. However, all Christian institutions — churches, schools, colleges, businesses, and non-profit organizations — must see this case as a wake-up call. Situations similar to this one that took place in Tennessee will continue to take place with greater frequency across the nation. The leaders of these institutions must decide now what they will do when they are faced with such a situation, put it in writing, and then prepare the legal defenses they may need to protect their policies.
The Federal Civil Rights Act guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” Unfortunately, today, many are trying to see that definition extended to include “sexual orientation” to prevent businesses and institutions from refusing to provide services to homosexuals. Even though the federal law has not changed, the push is under way in numerous municipalities to implement such a statute.
One notable case is Houston, TX, which was the source of a big uproar when it was brought to light that the city’s lesbian mayor had subpoenaed the sermons and other communications of the city’s pastors in order to ensure that they did not speak or preach about the ordinance. Another case was that of Fayetteville, Arkansas, which was highlighted by Michelle Duggar (of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting”) participating in a robocall that encouraged residents to protest a law which would have allowed ‘males who claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls’ among other things. (Even though there was a push to have the Duggars’ show cancelled, it was nothing on the level of what happened with “Duck Dynasty” in late 2013, and we are thankful that TLC did not heed those calls.)
According to Brett Snider and the Free Enterprise small business legal blog, “Federal law does not prevent businesses from refusing service to customers based on sexual orientation.” He states that “if there are no state or local laws to the contrary, private business owners may legally choose to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation.” Whether or not this changes in the future, we do not know. Davidson Academy was well within its rights to refuse service to the children of homosexual parents, but how long the legal rationale for them to do so will be in place is anyone’s guess.
Now is the time for Bible-believing churches and Christian organizations to take their biblical stand on such issues. That stand must be stated clearly and must be abided by consistently. Every Bible-believing Christian who feels the necessity of keeping at bay those who participate in lifestyles and behaviors that are contrary to the Word of God and Christian principles must realize that we no longer live in a world that is friendly to such action. Therefore, we must be prepared to defend our ability to take a principled stand in a country that was founded on the principle of freedom for people to live according to the convictions they receive from nature and nature’s God.
In closing, let me leave you with this Scripture passage and quote.
2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
John MacArthur said, “It is clear from this passage [2 Corinthians 6:14] that the Apostle Paul identifies two opposing worlds, two opposing realms or spheres or kingdoms or dimensions of life. One is described and characterized by righteousness, light, Christ, believers and the presence of God. The other is characterized, or described as lawless, dark, satanic, occupied by unbelievers and the presence of idols. Two societies, two realms, two spheres utterly different, utterly distinct, completely incongruous and incompatible. And the Apostle says there is no possibility for people in these two kingdoms to be bound together in common work, no partnership, no fellowship, no harmony, no commonality and no agreement does or can really exist.”
In light of what we have discussed today, I want to remind you that in our ever-changing world, there is one Person who never changes. That person is Jesus Christ. The Bible says that He is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is not subject to the whims of society or popular opinion. He has an unchanging, eternal love for you. If you do not know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.