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Counterpoint: Soul concern


'My greatest concern is for the souls of individuals in their relationship with God.'

Steve Kern June 22nd, 2011

On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled sodomy laws in Texas as unconstitutional on the basis of the right to privacy and equal protection.

That ruling overthrew all state sodomy laws. In his dissension, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “The court has taken sides in the culture war.”

The court’s decision was a huge victory for the LGBT movement across the nation and in Oklahoma. It was seen as a validation of the homosexual equalrights movement that started back in June 1969, after the police raid on a homosexual bar, the Stonewall Inn, in Greenwich Village, N.Y. More recently, President Obama for the last three years has declared the month of June as National LGBT Month. We read earlier this month in Oklahoma Gazette where another mainstream denomination is moving toward ordaining homosexuals.

The passing of hate-crimes legisla tion and the overturning of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the last two years also have emboldened gay rights advocates to become open and aggressive to push their agenda to legitimize their lifestyle. It is no wonder that the local Cimarron Alliance believes that now is the time to launch their campaign to educate the general public about the 365,000 homosexuals in Oklahoma.

This launch is just another sign of the times we are now living in. When my wife, Sally Kern, was knocking doors in her first campaign for state representative in 2004, she told the people, “I believe we are in a cultural war to save the Judeo-Christian values that have made our state great.” That has been her motivation as an elected official since that time. The reality is that the cultural war is intensifying.

The sad thing is few pastors and their churches are doing anything about it. Some have the attitude, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” For me, as a Bible-believing pastor, my greatest concern is for the souls of individuals in their relationship with God, and for our state being totally dependent on his blessing for our prosperity. The souls of mankind and the prosperity of Oklahoma are in jeopardy when we violate his moral standards and embrace what he has declared as sin.

I know it’s not popular to say in this politically correct media environment, but homosexuality is a sin. An individual who embraces it is at odds with God’s natural order. There is forgiveness through Jesus Christ for those who chose to be delivered from the homosexual hold on their lives.

That is not true for a nation or state. History has shown that societies that embrace homosexuality rapidly deteriorate morally until they finally fall after a few generations, due to the loss of their moral foundations. The most important part of that foundation is the family.

Given our present situation in Oklahoma, I do not say “God bless Oklahoma” much anymore. Instead, my prayer is, “God have mercy on us all.”

Kern, husband of state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, is pastor of Olivet Baptist Church and adjunct professor at Mid-America Christian University.

 
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06.22.2011 at 12:46 Reply

Steve, let me first say that is extremely offensive that you think our society will progress through the oppression of any specific group.  Let me be fair, homosexuals are not trying to pass legislation saying you can’t be a Christian.  That would be an affront to everything you know.  And the stance you’ve taken is no different, you want to legislate who people can love, and that’s very unchristian.

 

It is totally wrong to use the term lifestyle in the same sentence as homosexual.  What you’re trying to imply by using that term is that homosexuals have a choice, and no matter what I tell you, you just aren’t going to get it, sadly, you won’t even try.  In your mind this “lifestyle” is about what we do with our genitals, not what we do with our hearts. 

 

What I wish I could drive home is the fact that no one wants to be gay.  No one wakes up in the morning and decides they want a life that’s harder than it has to be, a life where threats of violence are common, or a life where one risks death because of who they are attracted to.  No one makes that choice.  Somehow you’ve convinced yourself that they do.  This attraction is there from the beginning, and the only way someone like yourself can quantify that is to understand your own attraction to women.  It’s just like that, it’s exactly like that.  This is me just trying to explain attraction to you, marriage is a different matter altogether.

 

The continued push to prevent gay marriage or civil unions is nothing short of an attempt at telling us who we are allowed to love.  So, if you can get fifty thousand people to sign a petition to prevent homosexuals from being married, what’s to stop fifty thousand homosexuals from nullifying your own marriage with a petition?  Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, marriage is an ultimate act of love.  Two people willing giving their lives to one another till the day they die.  It’s a glorious wonderful thing.  I can’t believe that a “Christian” would resist this.  Jesus taught love, but you seem more intent on quashing it than anything else.  Again, gay marriage has nothing to do with sex!  After all, did you get married just so you could have sex?

 

Your attempt to insert the term sodomy into this needs to be seen for what it is, sensationalization!  By using that word you are trying to make the LGBT community seem like deviant perverts, as if they are defined by a sex act.  But to support your own self-righteous cause, you completely ignore the fact that sodomy is not a reference to a purely homosexual act.  Sodomy can apply to oral and anal sex, as well oral or anal intercourse performed by instrumentation (i.e. marital aides – see Pegging).  That definition can apply to the sex lives or millions of heterosexually married couples.  You’ve chosen the word for its shock value, but it’s extremely common in the heterosexual community.  As a matter of fact, it’s common that teenager’s first sexual experiences involve oral sex.  And the desire for young Christians to maintain their virginity has resulted in the use of anal sex (see Saddlebacking).

 

I love how you reference your wife Sally Kern as campaigning on traditional Judeo-Christian values.  Do those values involve referring to homosexual Americans as terrorists, or statements indicating that blacks and women don’t want to work?  She can campaign all she wants on her Judeo-Christian values, the truth is out on Sally, and her values don’t coincide with those of her constituents.  Let’s see what happens during the next election.  In the meantime, let’s refrain from talking about her using her elected position inappropriately as a pulpit.

 

”I know it’s not popular to say in this politically correct media environment, but homosexuality is a sin. An individual who embraces it is at odds with God’s natural order. There is forgiveness through Jesus Christ for those who chose to be delivered from the homosexual hold on their lives.

 

Steve, you do yourself a huge disservice with this statement.  Let’s start with what constitutes a sin.  You know as well as I do that all sins are weighed the same, one is not greater than the other.  I can steal a piece of penny candy and be as guilty as a murderer in God’s eyes.  By that definition, there isn’t a single person on this planet that is above reproach, this includes you.  You, basing your entire statement on one book, cannot tell anyone what is God’s Natural Order.  Why?  Because God makes people, not Steve Kern.  God creates these wonderful people, with all their complexities, and we, as Christians, are supposed to welcome them in this shared experience we call life so we can embrace the human condition together.  But you’re not doing that are you Steve?  I wonder then, what is “God’s Natural Order” for those few people born intersexed?  Who are you to tell someone with both male and female genitals who they can love?  On their wedding day, would you have them “whip it out” so you can judge if their love is in line with what Rev. Steve deems right? 

 

You still don’t get it Steve.  You’re general lack of understanding about a basic emotion makes me wonder if you have ever truly loved anyone.  And did it ever occur to you that God being powerful enough to create everything has it within his ability to remove these “sinners” from existence?  Why then are they here, is it because God loves them, or that God doesn’t exist?  I lean toward the former.

 

Steve Kern, I am legally married, I am a Christian, I consider the LGBT community more loving than your exclusive club, and I will never worship a God who hates someone for being born that way!

 

 

 

06.22.2011 at 03:09 Reply

mr. kern, just live and let live............ how does another's sexuality, race, religion affect your life? i don't believe in a god, i'm white, a heterosexual, have never been married, am childless, a home-owner, and college-educated. i have friends that have some, all, or none of those descriptions. i respect people for getting to know their minds and hearts rather than a label.................

 

06.22.2011 at 03:22 Reply

a second thought: if you, mr. kern,  truly believe what you have written in this essay, i feel some sadness for you...........

 

06.23.2011 at 05:37 Reply

re: "History has shown that societies that embrace homosexuality rapidly deteriorate morally until they finally fall after a few generations, due to the loss of their moral foundations."

 

Wow.  I did not know that Rome only lasted a few generations.

 

 

06.24.2011 at 08:17 Reply

Michael,  Not only did Rome not fall after a few generations, it's hardly fair to say that homosexuality was what caused it's downfall.  The Romans did a lot of questionable things, it seems rather presumptuous to say that their decline in morals began with homosexuality.  I think Kern is reaching, but that's kind of what I've come to expect from him.

 

 
 
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