Everyone knows the conservative wing of the Christian faith must change its position on gay marriage. But in changing, it must put up a front it never changes. How to do this is being skillfully demonstrated by Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of his daddy’s Liberty University.
Historically a great slight of hand was done with the Commandment, “Thou Shalt Remember the Sabbath and Keep it Holy”. In the Bible, violating the Commandment was punishable by death.
So, to be certain there was not a violation, and to fill churches and their collection plates, the rule was interpreted as, “Don’t work on Sunday.” Until the few couple of decades, stores were not open, farmers did not go into the fields.
But, the culture changed and people wanted to shop and/or make money on Sundays. The Commandment was reinterpreted to mean, “Just remember, it’s Sunday. What you do doesn’t matter.” The faith has never admitted it now ignores the Commandment.
A similar slight of hand is happening at Liberty University. It’s President is now saying in effect, “Our position on gays has not changed. We’re just not involved directly in the culture. ”
He has even dishonestly rewritten history by saying his father, Jerry Falwell, closed his Moral Majority because he decided not to be involved in changing the culture. The Moral Majority was about nothing but cultural wars and only closed because it went broke.
Falwell Jr. is showing the rest of fundamentalism how to handle its defeat on the gay-is-sin issue. It can just change the subject.