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Posted by on Jun 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Southern Baptists Pass Resolution Opposing Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Southern Baptists have been meeting this week in Orlando, Florida for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Today, they passed seven resolutions. Below is the full-text of their resolution on homosexuality and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

ON HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE UNITED STATES MILITARY

WHEREAS, President Obama has promised repeatedly to repeal current law (10USC654) and to change policies that prevent normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces; and

WHEREAS, The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff has told Congress that he favors normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the military because he thinks it is morally “the right thing to do”; and

WHEREAS, The secretary of defense has told Congress that he will carry out orders to implement normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces and has appointed a high level working group to prepare plans for doing so should Congress repeal current law; and

WHEREAS, The House of Representatives voted recently to normalize the open practice of homosexuality in the military by authorizing the repeal of current law, and the Senate Armed Services Committee has also passed the repeal language; and

WHEREAS, The Defense Department working group tasked with preparing a plan to normalize the open presence of homosexuals in the military must accept input from various sources including advice offered by religious groups such as the Southern Baptist Convention; and

WHEREAS, Homosexual behavior cannot be normalized without rejecting God’s moral standards (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and is contrary to moral standards held by nearly every civilized order in human history, including most societies in the world today; and

WHEREAS, The Bible describes homosexual behavior as both a contributing cause (Genesis 18:20-21; Leviticus 18:24-28; Jude 7) and a consequence of God’s judgment on nations and individuals (Romans 1:18-32); and

WHEREAS, Findings in the law passed in 1993 remain true and relevant today including: (1) that “There is no constitutional right” for anyone “to serve in the armed forces,” (2) that “The prohibition against homosexual conduct is a longstanding element of military law that continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service,” and (3) that “The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability”; and

WHEREAS, Defense Department policy remains true and relevant today that states, “the presence in the military environment of persons who engage in homosexual conduct or who, by their statements, demonstrate a propensity to engage in homosexual conduct, seriously impairs the accomplishment of the military mission”; and

WHEREAS, Attempting to normalize the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces while fighting two wars demonstrates willingness to jeopardize national security in favor of the radical agenda advanced by the homosexual lobby, and substitutes a therapeutic ethic (one measuring everything by self-satisfaction) for the sacrificial ethic (one placing duty over personal survival) essential for sustaining national security and social survival; and

WHEREAS, Normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces will result in pressuring Southern Baptist and other biblically faithful military chaplains to restrict or redefine the gospel message, first by censoring their teaching of the biblical definition of sin, and second by trying to change their beliefs about what is sinful and immoral by requiring them to attend “sensitivity sessions” meant to indoctrinate personnel who resist normalizing openly present homosexuals in all aspects of military life; and

WHEREAS, No government should implement standards or policies regulating the lives of military personnel based on nothing other than indulging sexual desires, however strong; and

WHEREAS, The United States historically has honored the religious moral freedom of Americans serving in the armed forces, religious moral freedom no government should deny; and

WHEREAS, It is the seasoned judgment of most military leaders that normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the military is incompatible with generating, strengthening, and maintaining good discipline, unit cohesion, and combat readiness; and

WHEREAS, Those who would equate the normalizing of homosexuality with the right and just action of President Truman and others to undo racial segregation within the armed services in the mid-twentieth century wrongly confuse the indulgence of immoral behavior with God-given civil rights; and

WHEREAS, Military recruiting will be crippled because: (1) those segments of the American population most represented in the armed services are also those segments most likely to have moral convictions against homosexual behavior, (2) a great many of those who have served in the military since 1993 say they would not have served if required to live on intimate terms with open homosexuals, (3) should current law be repealed, a large percentage of currently serving military personnel say they will not reenlist or will end their careers early, and (4) should current law be repealed, many parents will not entrust their sons and daughters to superiors who require them to live on intimate terms with open homosexuals; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 15-16, 2010, affirm the Bible’s declaration that homosexual behavior is intrinsically disordered and sinful, and we also affirm the Bible’s promise of forgiveness, change, and eternal life to all sinners (including those engaged in homosexual sin) who repent of sin and trust in the saving power of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:9-11); and be it further

RESOLVED, That we oppose changing current law to normalize the open presence of homosexuals in the armed forces, and insist on keeping the finding of Congress that sustains current law, which states that even “the presence in the armed forces” of persons demonstrating “a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” creates “an unacceptable risk to . . . the essence of military capability”; and be it further

RESOLVED, That while we oppose normalizing the open presence of homosexuals in the military, we also deplore all acts of violence by anyone for any reason relating to this issue, whether it be violence against homosexuals, or violence by homosexuals; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express profound pride in and support for all now serving in the United States armed forces, and especially for Southern Baptists and other biblically faithful chaplains serving as ministers of God in the armed forces; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we commend Southern Baptist efforts to engage in loving, redemptive ministry to homosexuals and encourage all Southern Baptists to consider how they might assist those struggling against same-sex attractions to find spiritual, sexual, and emotional wholeness in Christ; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we express appreciation to our servicemen and servicewomen in all branches of the military, who are serving faithfully and honorably both at home and abroad; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That we encourage all Southern Baptists to pray for the safety, well-being, morale, and readiness of our military personnel and to offer prayer, support, and appreciation for the husbands, wives, children, parents, and siblings of our fine service members serving in every capacity of our nation’s military.

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3 Comments

  1. I usually lose steam about 2/3 through any resolution due to the language.

    So, do you see the resolution as wanting status quo on DADT or wanting to move to a pre1993 view. It looks like the resolution calls for that.

    Not that I actually care about the nuance.

  2. The resolution itself suggests support for status-quo. Although I’m sure SBC leaders wouldn’t mind a return to a pre-1993 view.

  3. It appears that the study does not include understanding of human sexuality in general and a will under duress to force this irresolute agenda down our throats. Presently a gay not admitting he is gay is lying and an invasion of personal privacy of the person he or she shares a barracks with. Just as a man fakes being a woman then shares a barrack with a female. On the other hand gays cannot have it both ways to interject identifying themselves as gay then to follow disregard to the category of selected sexuality and then have them cohabitate in the military and also honor exclusive marriage in the future. Eliminating adultery and the normal standards we govern. Disallow male/ female cohabitation in the barracks and in theater and then to permit gay with gay or bisexual to cohabitate. It’s a predjudice and favortism and permissive demonstration of poor behavior and ethics. America does accept the notion of homosexuality however, it seems gays want special rules to conduct themselves and engage into sexuality outside the limits of standard rules of human sexuality and respect for gender sexuality, meanwhile they want us to forget about it when living in quarters and become just one of the guys. This plan is worse than the wrap up plan for Iraq, inclusion without a rational plan and funding which will be huge. They expect members preparing for an active deployment to also take the time to be tolerance brainwashed with non mission oriented agenda for force readiness. They want to be the exclusive exception to the rule of cohabitation, however taken serious at the same time as a valid lifestyle and potential exclusive marriage. They can’t have both.

    The issue many Christians have is force cohabitaion and the Bilical story of Lot. The Southern Baptist Convention is not very happy this idea of forced cohabitation outside of marriage and there is an estimate that 28% will not re-enlist over the forced cohabitation issues among christian service members who may not even participate in cohabitation outside of marriage even in a male female cohabitation. Sexuality is sexuality and as a standard it’s not mixed in the barracks. So if it is a sexual identity then treat it as such and respect the privacy of everyone including gays as such and remove again the irresolute agenda that is being implied.

    Including gays would be accompanied by a great expense in ensuring that the privacy and personal safety will be practiced according to sexuality preference. They cannot mix and want marriage and all the identification and customs of a sexual identity and acceptable human interaction.

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