If you aren't willing to stand up for what you believe in, you might lose your right to believe it. A vocal opposition will drown out the voice crying in the wilderness if you allow that to happen.
And so continues my series of posts that I've called the President Trump Acclimation Series where I clarify and try to correct some of the issues that have arisen in the minds of some who have questioned why I voted for Trump. My reason for doing this series is that I'm annoyed with the continuous reciting of the litany of labels that come from the anti-Trump crowd--racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, and so on.
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Is Donald Trump a Homophobe?
At no time during the campaign did I hear any anti-gay comments from Donald Trump. The continual outcries declaring that he displayed "homophobic" sentiments are false. Some make the claim that Trump's selection of Mike Pence demonstrated an anti-LBGTQ attitude. Throughout the campaign I heard Trump assure voters that he would stand against any persecution of the gay community and support the laws as they stand.
Say what you will, there was little discussion of LBGTQ issues in Trump's campaign in any one way or another. It was not an issue so far as I am aware so the "homophobic" label is just another lie that was spewed by leftist media and the Trump opposition and the label continues to be falsely thrown at Donald Trump.
Now To Step Into Dangerous Territory...
Let me begin by saying that I do not think that anyone should be bullied, persecuted, or ostracized for what they want to believe. What I am about to say in this post actually puts me in this very position, but that's fine with me. I've already set myself up for condemnation by declaring my support for Donald Trump so what else can happen? Plenty I suppose, including having this blog deleted or at the very least losing more followers. We live in a highly intolerant society and this intolerance seems to be more aimed at Christians and Conservatives more than any other group. Say what you will about this, but I believe this to be true.
The clear fact is that there are some, Christians as well as others, who believe that homosexuality and the other sexual inclinations are wrong. This is true especially among those who strongly adhere to what they believe that the Bible clearly states. In our time there are some more free thinking types who might consider themselves Christians who have reinterpreted what they read in the Bible or merely dismiss what the Bible says about homosexuality and other sexual sin. In the context of our society we are all free (so far) to choose how we believe. However in the end God will decide what to do about all of this. As a Bible believing follower of Jesus Christ I accept the literal teaching of the Bible and do not accept interpretations that conform to what society desires or what individuals decide for themselves.
I realize that this is not a popular perspective with many people and abhorrent to the left. I will stand by my belief and defend anyone else who believes as I do. But at the same time I will not discriminate toward those who believe otherwise. Having spent many years in the entertainment industry, I was associated with many gays as co-workers and clientele. Most of them were nice folks who were highly talented. Since many of my cast members in the shows I managed were homosexual, I had lengthy associations and developed friendships with many of them. We got along well together and accepted each other for who we were. However, I never approved of their lifestyles and that aspect of their lives was something I avoided.
Our society seems to insist that the gay or whatever lifestyle should not only be accepted by all of us, but it should also be promoted and celebrated. Some of us feel that we have the right to disagree and often must suffer negative consequences for our beliefs. Businesses that don't wish to participate in a gay agenda are often boycotted or worse. Individuals who speak out against what they see as sinful behavior might be taunted for what they believe and in some cases ruined.
The "phobia" label is often used to sully the reputations of good people who see things in a different way than what popular culture is trying to promote. Is that right? I don't believe it is anymore right than the persecution of anyone for how they see things. And yet that seems to be the direction that much of our society is taking. Hatred for anyone is wrong, but it is not the exclusive attitude of any one side. Sure, we might abhor a behavior or despise a belief system, but if we start hating others then no lessons are learned and no true peace is gained.
This is as far as I'll go with this topic for now as I've strayed from the issue of Trump and likely set myself up as a bad guy in some eyes. I have no control over what some of you might think of me beyond my just keeping quiet about what I believe. If you don't like what I've said here then you just dump me or you can feel free to state your case in the comments. Remember though that I've been civil in this post and if you assault me with abuse then you are solidifying the case I've made here.
Did you ever hear Donald Trump say anything that you would consider "homophobic"? Should people be allowed to maintain unpopular beliefs without facing abusively negative reactions from others? Do you feel the Bible is always right, is it a malleable document that can be interpreted to fit what we want, or is it of little relevance in our time?