April 06, 2013

Bible thumping, Bill O’Reilly, and moral decay


have been trying to figure out the proper way to respond to Bill O’Reilly’s recent comment that the right-wing is being beaten in the marketplace of ideas because the only argument they have against homosexual marriage is, in his words, “bible-thumping.” After a bit of furor from the general public, O’Reilly, in his standard fashion, responded by doubling down on his earlier assertion—that Christians need to give up the biblical argument and adopt a secular or moral argument in an attempt to overcome the political opposition.

O’Reilly put forward a follow-up segment in which he and Megyn Kelly gushed all over each other while congratulating themselves on their agreement that bible-thumping is not an appropriate response to the gay marriage debate.

Again, I didn’t like what I was hearing, but wasn’t sure the best way to respond.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to respond on my own. Rick Phillips from the Reformation 21 blog has posted two articles addressing this topic. I think his analysis and response are spot-on. You may read them at his blog:

I appreciate Rick Phillip’s response to this issue primarily because it focuses exactly where it should. This debate is not against homosexuals. I have friends who are homosexual—friends who I appreciate and care about. This is not about hatred or homophobia—it is about adherence to and acceptance of God’s word. God is the creator of marriage and he has the right and the absolute authority to define what marriage is. And he has done so in his word. So that must be the basis for our discussion of this topic.

May God’s people get back to the Word as our sole basis for faith and practice, and may God, once again, bless America, land that I love.

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