Houston Mayor Annise Parker is fulfilling Christians’ prophetic warnings of past years regarding homosexual political gains, categorizing denunciations of homosexual behavior as hate speech. In an unbelieveable and outrageous power grab, Mayor Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, has demanded that pastors turn over copies of their sermons that deal with homosexuality. And she has done so, via legal subpoenas.
It is doubtful this breach of the American principles of separation between church and state and free speech will survive the legal challenges. But it will not be the last challenge. And slowly, but surely, Americans will cede ground on this pivotal issue.
Could we imagine Jonas Clark submitting his sermons against the Stamp Act to King George III? Or asking permission to train militia? It was his house to which the patriot firebrands Samuel Adams and John Hancock had gone to discuss strategies for the Revolution. That is where Paul Revere rode the night of April 18, 1775 to find them. And it was many parishioners from Pastor Clark’s church who opposed the British regulars the next day at what history would call the Battle of Lexington.
What of the Reverend Dr. Mayhew and Reverend Dr. Cooper, who John Adams said were the “most conspicuous, the most ardent, and influential [in the] awakening and revival of American principles and feeling.”? Who could imagine them submitting manuscripts to that state for approval?
Or consider the Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg. A devout pastor and ardent patriot. He actually pastured two churches, an English speaking Episcopalian church and a German speaking Lutheran church. He also served as a member of the Virginia legislature. On January 24, 1776 Reverend Muhlenberg preached a sermon out of the book of Ecclesiastes, a time of peace and a time for war. Afterwards, he flung off his clerical robe revealing his militia uniform and asked for men to follow him to war against the ‘tyrants’. He assembled 300 men from his church that became the 8th Virginia Regiment.
The power hungry lesbian mayor of Houston will lose her insane legal overreach. But she has sounded the first shot in a long battle to silence Christ’s church on moral issues to which the state does not concur. And judging from the measured, calculated response from the churches and Christians of Houston, the state will succeed.
Long gone is the view of Thomas Jefferson who said:
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State."
The fight is on.