The city of Houston, Texas is demanding that its pastors turn over any sermons that have to do with homosexuality, gender identity, and related issues. (There’s a controversy about a local ordinance involving bathroom usage.) Some Christians are objecting to this demand on religious liberty grounds. I’m not a pastor, but I have written blog posts and recorded podcasts in which I have spoken of homosexuality as a sin and gender as God-given. Houston’s attorneys are hereby notified that I’d be happy to comply with their subpoena. In fact, they don’t even need to serve me with a subpoena; they can just go to my blogs and find it all.
Some of you will say, “But, Mike, are you alarmed about government intrusion into religion?” I am alarmed, but not for the pastors’ sakes. It’s good news for the pastors because it means they’re preaching the truth. It’s quite natural for the truth of God to draw the hostility of world. Remember: Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Good for the pastors of Houston. The ones I’m alarmed for are the government – and for the people represented by the government. They are inviting judgment upon themselves. I pray for them. The pastors aren’t in trouble; the people supporting the government position are. Remember what happened to ancient Israel in the wake of the crucifixion of a wholly-innocent man. Within a generation it was destroyed.
Don’t pray for the pastors of Houston who are preaching against homosexuality and all other forms of marital infidelity. Instead, pray for the city of Houston. They’re the ones who’re going to need it. And, by the way, don’t forget that Houston is just a microcosm of America. The judgment that Houston is inviting on itself, America is inviting on itself as well. American society, founded on Judeo-Christian ethics, has become hostile to Judeo-Christian ethics. It’s a very sad state of affairs.
Al Mohler: The Briefing 10-16-14 (3rd item)