Indiana's RFRA: sorry, sorry, sorry...

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For the past week, I've been holding in abeyance a post on the firestorm that has come down on Indiana and our Governor, Mike Pence, in the week since the Governor signed into law Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. More on that later, but first check this out.

Fox News did an interview with Gov. Pence this morning in which the Governor repeatedly protested that he was opposed to any disapproval of homosexuality in public. That's not exactly how he put it, but it is precisely what he said and meant. Yet Gov. Pence is the governor of a state whose citizens, still at this late date, disapprove of homosexual relations and have made this clear at the polls and through the legislative and judicial branches of our state government.

Then too, like most of his fellow Hoosiers, Gov. Pence claims Christian faith. So how can the good Governor say he is opposed to any public disapproval of sodomy? Has he not read the Bible? Does he no longer believe that God judges that nation and ruler who call good evil and evil good? That ruler who, rather than righting wrong, wrongs right?

When those who live their faith outside the privacy of the home and church by disapproving of the slaughter of the unborn, the rape of a little child, and the sodomizing of one man by another are condemned by their ruler for expressing their disapproval in public, is this not calling good evil? Is this not wronging right?

Check it out, though: concerning our national embracing of depravity, we're not done yet. When I watched Gov. Pence's video clip just now, what immediately followed it on the Fox News video site was prophetic...

Gov. Pence's last words are "We'll fix [Indiana's RFRA] and move forward." Then the video viewer slithered into this piece on quadriplegic Rottweiler who is learning how to use his prostheses.

God decreed heterosexuality back at the beginning in the Garden of Eden prior to the Fall. God also decreed that man (human beings) was categorically different, superior, to the animals because man alone is made in His Image. Therefore, peace can never exist between those who embrace homosexuality and those who condemn it; those who affirm the image of God in man and woman and those who treat animals as if they were human beings.

Everything God made was good, including His distinctions between man and woman, man and woman and animal. We oppose those distinctions to our own destruction. We equivocate concerning those distinctions and thereby demonstrate that we are ashamed of our Lord and His commands.


Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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