Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Texas, Florida, and Anti-Sodomy Laws: Some Theological Dangers and Warnings

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Many Evangelicals will undoubtedly celebrate the recent legislative moves in Texas and Florida and both governors (one Catholic and one Evangelical) are certainly viewed as allies or even champions in the Christian Right’s culture wars.

Let’s be clear. Sodomy is an abomination and parents that encourage mutilations and other ‘treatments’ on their children are certainly guilty of child abuse – in reality about the worst kind imaginable. In their parental and moral abdication they literally destroy the lives of their children. Guarding young children from exposure to these topics is hardly extreme. Indeed these children wouldn’t even be entertaining these categories were they not introduced to them. These laws (especially the one in Florida) are actually quite restrained and yet clearly their proponents face attack from Sodomite fanaticism.

And yet as Christians we should be careful in celebrating such legislative moves. As parents and other individuals face fines, imprisonment, or other punitive action, we should consider how these actions are being tied to the Gospel. As these actions are pursued and more or less tied to the agenda of the Christian Right, the execution of these laws will be perceived (and with some reason) as the application of Christian principles or to put it differently Christian statecraft.

Some Evangelicals and other Christians will celebrate this as they believe the state has a role in the promotion of religion and many believe that in some capacity the state should be allied with the Church if not formally then in some kind of functional capacity.

And yet, as those who represent the anti-sacral position will argue – is this what the New Testament actually teaches? The protest falls on deaf ears because those who belong to this sacralist camp have moved well beyond the New Testament and have constructed a philosophical-theological method that allows them to identify these extra-Biblical paradigms as Christian and even refer to them as ‘biblical’ – but in reality they represent a form of syncretism or in other cases syncretism blended with a Judaized hermeneutic.

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