Homosexuals have pulled what may be the greatest public relations revolution in history, going from reviled to celebrated in the twinkling of an eye. Illegal immigrants have also scored a public relations coup, as their cause is now ascendant. Immigration activist Frank Sharry says that the success of his movement has been consciously modeled after the tactics of gay rights activists.
I’ll quote him after the jump, but Christians would do well to study these turnarounds. Societies tend to project some of its members as “others,” scapegoating, marginalizing, and looking down on them as a way to achieve social solidarity, an “ingroup” played off against an “outgroup.” Christians should never play that game, but we have. I wonder if Christians will someday be put into that role. Already, significant parts of the population regard conservative Christians with revulsion and fear, seeing Christians’ sexual ethics as unnatural and scaring themselves at the prospect of Christians taking over the country. I can see a time when people will mirror the Calvinist/Arminian debates in discussing whether a person chooses to be a Christian (in which case there is no excuse) or is born that way (in which case there is a pathology that needs to be eradicated). But maybe enough Christians will be bold enough to “out themselves” to their families and friends so as to present a human face to the movement. [Read more…]