“Pastor slammed for Carrie Underwood performance,” reads the online USA Today headline, reporting on reaction from the American Family Association to Passion founder Louie Giglio for allowing Carrie Underwood to appear Jan. 2 at Passion 2017.
The column that caused that ruckus, by AFA staffer Wesley Wildmon, can be read here.
Underwood failed to make many headlines for surprising Passion with her hit song “Something in the Water,” but if you’re the secular media, this makes a great recipe for a story: start with a successful country singer and professed Christian, toss in the hot-button issue of homosexual marriage, then add reaction from that right-wing “hate group” from Mississippi, the AFA.
Voila! You’ve created a delicious recipe sure to create Internet clicks and set the Facebook posts on fire.
A couple of people deserve our sympathy over this issue, perhaps including Underwood.
Underwood herself said afterword that the “difficult question” over gay marriage came in the final five minutes of the interview, insisting that she tries to stay away from controversial issues.
The problem for Underwood, however, is that she went on and on about gay marriage, praising her gay-friendly Nashville church; declaring a “right to love” and “it’s not up to me to judge;” and distancing herself from people “who use the Bible for hate.”
“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she told the newspaper. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
Suggesting that “love is love” is an argument so full of holes a gay pride parade can saunter right through it.
Does that “right to love” include Kody Brown and “Sister Wives” Meri, Robyn, Janelle, and Christine?
Does it include homosexual rights activist Terry Bean, 66, and allegedly a 15-year-old teen?
Just apply those two actual court cases – one civil and one criminal – to abstract ideas about “love,” then you really want Jesus to take the wheel before America drives off this cliff.
Ambushed or not, by any honest account Underwood laid down a marker on the issue of gay marriage.
And here is where Wesley Wildmon deserves sympathy, too. The 27-year-old was only three in 1992 when Pat Buchanan prophetically warned that America was engaged in a “culture war” for the “soul of America.” Many people mocked him but a quarter-century later, we’re fighting skirmish after skirmish in courtrooms and classrooms and public restrooms and pulpits.
Wildmon didn’t ask for this fight over our nation’s soul that’s he’s engaged in, much like Underwood didn’t ask for a question about gay marriage. Yet from his vantage point at AFA, Wildmon knows this war is about more than love and hate.
That’s what you do to stamp out dissent, hence the earned nickname “gay mafia.”
Oh, and pastors, too. A pastor honored with delivering the benediction at President Obama’s 2012 inauguration was dropped hours before the event. He was sent packing after homosexual activists unearthed his views about marriage and sexuality.
Homosexuality is “sin in the eyes of God and it is sin in the Word of God,” Pastor Louie Giglio had declared in a sermon years earlier.
So please don’t consider Wildmon’s letter “friendly fire” against you, Pastor Louie. After the other side roughed you up four years ago, for beliefs you held years earlier, a young soldier just wants to know if a seasoned veteran still remains in the fight. There’s a war on, you know.
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