Arizona's Legislature passed a bill that would allow business owners to assert their religious beliefs in denying service to gay and lesbian customers. The Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative Christian group supported the law. Just last night, AZ Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill. Meanwhile, in Uganda, President Museveni signed an anti-homosexuality bill that will demand life sentences for certain homosexual acts. Behind Uganda's anti-gay movement is an implied influence of Christian missionaries.
Whether or not Christians influenced these laws is almost irrelevant since the idea is already firmly planted in the minds of non-believers. Where did the church go wrong that we, purveyors of God's love to the world, are characterized as vendors of hate? Let's face it. Gay rights are here to stay. Gay marriage will be the law of the land in short time. Thus, the church's challenge is to acknowledge the cultural change without endorsing it. And to love gays without surrendering moral values.