(The following letter-to-the-editor of the Zanesville, Ohio, “Times-Recorder” was written by Dr. Patrick Johnston in response to the editor’s urging that their community be more tolerant toward homosexuals. Dr. Johnston has announced he is a Republican candidate for the 94th District seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.)
Managing editor Len LaCara decried the intolerance of our community in a recent Sunday editorial. I also would like to see more tolerance, but tolerance of something besides what he proposes we tolerate. Liberals propose we tolerate homosexuality and pornographic literature in our public libraries. I propose we tolerate the standards of morality found in the pages of the Bible.
According to the Bible, homosexual acts are “unnatural” and sinful. Physiology and statistical analysis show that homosexual acts spread dysfunction and disease. Michael Glatze, a major national gay activist, recently came out of the closet to talk about his repentance of homosexuality. He said, “For me, homosexuality was spiritual and psychological death.” The Bible says that homosexuals can change through God’s power (I Corinthians 6:9-11). It is not loving to embrace a sin that our Creator condemns and that is so destructive to those engaging in it. Love constrains us to oppose immorality, even as we lay down our lives (and sometimes our reputations) for those for whom Christ died.
When liberals are losing a debate over morality, they frequently resort to calling Christians “intolerant” and “judgmental.” But aren’t they being judgmental when they call us names? When they preach against our community’s intolerance, aren’t they foisting their morality upon others? Who they are to judge? You see, they violate the very standard they have set up to reprove Bible-believing Christians. Isn’t that hypocritical?
Ask a liberal what their basis for right and wrong is, and which behaviors should be tolerated or not tolerated. Ultimately, the liberal has no basis for his moral standards besides his personal opinion. Christians have the objective standard of right and wrong that has stood the test of time, the Holy Bible. Within the pages of the Bible, our Creator tells us which behaviors are acceptable and healthy. Homosexual acts have traditionally been condemned by the world’s three main religions for good reasons. When tolerance of rebellion to God becomes widespread, destruction, not prosperity, is imminent.
The article is very true. Christians determine right and wrong in accordance with the Bible, while atheists determine right and wrong according to their own opinion and the changing political climate. Homosexuals and their supporters need to be more tolerant toward those who have different views than they do. Not doing so is failure to practice the very same tolerance that they want everybody else to do toward them.