I’m sure at least a few of you have seen the latest in Gallup polling, which indicates that support for gay marriage is strongly tied to personally knowing someone who is homosexual. Though from the results, I’d point out that instead, opposition to gay marriage seems to be strongly tied to not knowing any homosexuals.
There’s a few assumptions you could take from here. Maybe knowing gay people gives you sympathy to their position, and you want to see them have the same options you do. Maybe by knowing them, it lets them bully and brainwash you into supporting their position. Maybe by knowing them, you learn that they’re not something to be scared of, and that their relationships are not harmful to anyone else. Or, y’know, maybe teh gay is catching.
The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission reacted to this polling with a piece on how to prevent moral corruption (tip: avoid associating with gay people), apparently concluding from the poll that the reason people who know homosexuals are not strongly opposed to gay marriage is that gay people have infected them and corrupted their thinking.
The dynamics of cultural corruption has just been documented by a Gallop poll. It validates exactly what the Bible warns us against. Gallop released the results of a poll that measured views of homosexual marriage.
The polling discovered that one of the most important factors that control a person’s opinion about homosexual marriage was that of association, it even trumps a person’s political ideology.
Gallop reports, “Those who know someone who is gay or lesbian are significantly more supportive of gay marriage than are those of the same political persuasion who do not personally know someone who is gay or lesbian.”
In fact, former Vice President, Dick Cheney, is a perfect example. Cheney is reliably conservative on virtually every issue except homosexual marriage. This is likely as a result of the fact that he is the father of an open, practicing lesbian.
So there you have it. If you associate with homosexuals, you will be facing cultural corruption. I’d like to also note that they do, in fact, spell “Gallup” as “Gallop” every time.
Who you allow into your life, and especially that of your children, really matters. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “Don’t be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Cor.15:33, NASB).
The natural human tendency is to be deceived in situations when we associate with openly sinful people. Human sentimentality kicks in and biblical thinking is set aside. We rationalize and justify behaviors in people we know more than in people we don’t.
This applies to more than homosexuality; it touches other sins as well. Of course, because there is a powerful deceptive dynamic you will be tempted to say, “Having close relationships with the ungodly will not affect me.” Don’t be deceived!
For one, I think it’s interesting that they chose this quote from the New American Standard Bible, rather than the New King James, as it seems they used for the rest of the quotes. Referring over to the NKJV, we find that 1 Cor. 15:33 reads:
Evil company corrupts good habits.
I suppose I can see why they didn’t use that one. Openly labeling homosexuals as “evil” would probably turn off a lot of potential readers, and corrupting “good habits” sends a different message than corrupting “good morals.”
So the overall lesson here from the Christian ADC is: Don’t associate with sinners. You can attempt to minister to them, but if you form a relationship of any kind with them, your soul is unsafe. You would be best served to “find like-minded [Christians]” in order to keep you in line.
I know from Teh Intertubes® that finding people whose beliefs are identical to yours is always a good way to ensure that you’re a good person, and does not in any way create an echo-chamber leading to ever-more extreme beliefs and persecution of any who would dissent (See: Free Republic).
Sorry, but if you’re going to run with that idea, you might want to go live in a monastery or become a hermit, because I’m positive that pretty much every person you meet on the street is in some way living an openly sinful life. It differs from one person to the next, but we’re all sinners, and we all write off our own sins as somehow different. If you have to stop associating with all people who are homosexual, or all people who are practicing Wiccans, or all people who practice sex outside of marriage, pretty soon, you’ll be associating with no one at all.