|Dominion Theology - Part 3 - the Gay scapegoat
The Dominion theology is the guiding motivation for a majority of the Evangelical and Charismatic Christian World from the Christian Politicians (the Fellowship/the Family), the World Global Harvest and its key apostles in the mega churches across the nations, the National Evangelical Association, the Anglican South, and Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Churches. It attempts to go beyond the traditional religious sphere or mountain of religion and extends its influence and control to the other mountains of Government, Business, Family, Education, Media, and Entertainment. The gay community is often targeted by them as a reason for their proactive actions. It was no surprise that the Dominion Fundamentalist Christians were behind the Bill to Kill Gays in Uganda and even now tighter rules to put gays in jail in Nigeria and Rwanda.
Gays are the fruit of temptation for the Christian Right. In their religious zeal, there is seldom a second thought in their action against gays who posed no threat to them. We are reminded of the Garden of Eden. Once the fruit was eaten, the sin binds Adam and Eve and there was no easy way of return. They entered into a sin consciousness, a knowledge of good and evil, and also of the demand for judgment for the evil done. This demand of the law can never be negated whilst we are on the Kingdom of Earth. The demand of righteousness will insist on justice on the crimes we commit against others. Therefore, when gays are eaten whole (bones included) by the Christian Groups, it brings the entire faith under judgment.
The temptation is leveraged on the religious zeal and frustration of Christians, and once they are caught consuming the gay community, it takes away their moral standing. They will enter deeper into the other six mountains. Soon, we rationalize our actions as god ordained. That was how incredible violence and crimes against humanity were committed by the Catholic Church in the crusades, the inquisitions, and when Hitler came into power, being a good catholic, he rationalized it as being god’s army. Similarly, the Methodists and Anglicans engaged in the slave trade and a religious based justification to restrict rights of blacks in America until the 1960s. Once the fruit is eaten, it hardens our heart. The bible warns us to flee from temptation, not to entertain in. We are not to worship the idol of self – the idol of our sexuality and self righteousness.
Churches such as New Creation can be over focused on Grace, in that the Law and its consequence can never be fully negated on Earth. In the Kingdom of Heaven, our sins are forgiven by God, but the principles of cause and effect still applies on Earth. When Cain murdered Abel, and the blood of Abel filled the earth and cries out against Cain. Therefore, when the blood of gays has been spilled by Christians for the last 2000 years, justice must be served.
At the Cross of Calvary, Grace was given in Jesus Christ. This Grace was not cheap, for it was paid through the death of Jesus Christ. But it can be made cheap, when we take grace for granted to continue to cause harm. Grace was given, so that we can show God’s grace and mercy. The concept of a Christ centered Grace is difficult to follow. For example, New Creation condemns gays from the pulpit, but Christ never preach against gays. For grace to be effective it must come from a contrite and humble heart, broken and bare before God. Our condemnation against gays reveals our self righteousness, for we have not reached the point of grace, where we are dead to self but is living by Grace in Christ Jesus. God’s grace constraints our actions and we begin to see and act as how Christ would have done so.
The sacrificial of the innocent lamb without blemish, speaks of the Lamb of God. They look forward the crucifixion of Christ, whilst we look back in time to it. However, it was not sufficient, especially when the crimes were committed against the outcasts and the defenseless. We often quote Isaiah as saying that sin separates us from God. However, it was specifically the sin of injustice that separates us from God when instead of calling for justice to stand by the side of the defenseless, abused and rejected by the mainstream community, the religious were the main culprits and had blood on their hands. We are to flee from idol worship, but to run away from condemning the Gay community as it is a sure way to quench the Spirit of God.
Our communion is compromised not by doing nothing when we see the great needs of the poor and needy around us, but by blood on our hands. We may rationalize it as doing God’s will, but injustice can never be covered or washed away, the laws that send gays to the death penalty or long term in prisons, the condemnation from the pulpit that cause them to hide in closet and take away their lives and opportunity to enjoy same sex relationships. We have killed many, though not physically perhaps but emotionally and spiritually, and few gays are left in our Churches unable to live the lie given to them.
The path to the Seven Kingdoms using gays as the strategy may seem enticing but will not succeed because God will not exalt the proud. At the Aware Saga in Singapore, you have the power, support, of the Churches in Singapore against the Old Guard supported by a small band of gay queens. It was a Goliath versus David battle, and yet at the end, the secular space was safeguarded. We cannot even win in Aware, a small hill. It was grace that we did not win, for otherwise we would have gone in further to conquer other mountains bringing in bigger backlash.
Ultimately, revival comes, not by power nor might to conquer the seven mountains, but by the Spirit of God. They had to wait until the Spirit of God came upon the first disciples in the upper room before venturing out to preach the Gospel not only with persuasive words but the power and miracles. Are we waiting for God, or are we so frustrated that we went ahead of God using our carnal thinking and might. The Dominion Theology is nothing more than a man made theology which we must flee from less we be enticed into the World and its ways. Good Christians can also be tempted to do bad things for which there is seldom an easy way to return from.