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                 Friday, July 4 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterChristians and the sexual revolution (end of series)

All of the television channels where I live consider San Francisco their home, even if their studios are in San Jose, Oakland, Concord, San Mateo, or some other outlying suburb. The SMA (standard metropolitan area) is referred to as the nine-county San Francisco metropolis, the fifth biggest market in the nation at least in television and radio ways of reckoning. Programs like Pat Robertson's 700 Club and others even to the right of his—and as outspoken as his on homosexual activity and advocacy being sinful—are aired here as in most markets...despite this, all of the establishment network affliates from CBS to PBS, ABC to Fox and the WB, compete to be considered the most progressive and "with it" with the gay community that has its unofficial world headquarters in two "gay ghettos" of San Francisco, the Castro and Polk Gulch, This was especially true through June, which is gay and lesbian pride month on KQED, the PBS flagship affiliate. Throughout gay pride month, shows about the gay life (one series is called "In the Life"), from offbeat independent films to specials on gay standup comedians, are featured. This all culminates in the huge gay pride parade that virtually takes over San Francisco on the last Sunday in June.

All of this is to make the point that we're not only well informed about what's up with the gay movement here, we're over-informed. And the word now is that on the heels of the Supreme Court's legalizing sodomy and all other sexual behavior between consenting adults in private in all states during gay pride month, the campaign is going to be redoubled to get gay marriages legalized nationally, and at least a large contingency of the movement even will push for forcing religious organizations—churches, parochial and Christian schools, and parachurch organizations like missions and publications—to hire openly gay job applicants. I think it will be the biggest crisis ever to face the socially more conservative churches: Catholic, Missouri Synod Lutheran, Southern Baptist, Orthodox, and the dozens of smaller evangelical denominations like the Assemblies of God, Christian Missionary Alliance (which has a college in San Francisco), Nazarene, and others.

Conservative leaders in Congress and some state governments are pushing for a law declaring marriages to be a union only between a man and a woman. For now, the polls show it favored by a majority of American voters, and the concept is being backed by President Bush. But it will be one of the hotly debated topics through the next round of national elections. And because the sexual revolution has already revolutionized most other former standards for marriage and sexual morality, from no-fault divorce to open advocacy of unmarried sex throughout most broadcast and general-circulation entertainment media, I see little hope of the traditional Christian position on sex and marriage prevailing in the larger society in the long term. And the pressure to "go with the flow," even within the conservative churches may be tantamount to persecution before the end of the next decade.

Many may take new or renewed comfort in Matthew 16:18, where Jesus says, "upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

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