Make no mistake about it. The news from California is very big and very positive. As reported in the LA Times, “California legislator shelves bill to ban paid ‘gay conversion therapy’ for adults.”
In a somewhat unprecedented move in the history of gay activism, Assemblyman Evan Low, himself gay, has withdrawn AB2943 from a final vote.
The bill, which would have made it illegal for people of any age to receive professional help for unwanted same-sex attractions, was almost certain to pass the Assembly, having been approved by the Senate 25-11. But to Low’s credit, he took the time to meet with faith leaders across the state, hearing their concerns.
In his own words, “I knew this was an emotionally charged issue, so I spent the past few months traveling up and down the state meeting with a wide variety of faith leaders.”
It appears he was sensitive enough to the concerns of these leaders that, for now, he withdrew the bill.
That is certainly commendable on Low’s part, and he deserves our utmost appreciation. How many legislators would do what he had done?
There is also a massively important lesson to be learned, so let all of America (and the world) take notice: This is what can happen when the church gets mobilized, even in hyper-left California. This is what can happen when Christian leaders decide to take a moral stand on controversial social issues. This is what can happen when we seek to be the salt and the light, even when it’s outside our comfort zone.
But that leads to a major concern. Why did it take so long? Why did we largely sit on the sidelines until now? And isn’t it ironic that we are rejoicing over the withdrawal of a bill that should never have seen the light of day?
Having been on the front lines of these issues since 2004, this is a truth that stings deeply: We are only in this moral and cultural morass today because the church has been so silent.
I say that with shame and with pain, not with condemnation. Surely I could have done better too.
California has passed bill after bill mandating the celebration of LGBT history in America, with no one allowed to opt out, including both teachers and students. This is mandatory for all public schools, grades K-12.
One of the worst of these bills, SB777, became law in 2007. Where was the Christian outcry over this? Where was the concern for our children?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown