“Bugden said the case reflects intolerance of people who engage in cultural and religious practices that differ from the mainstream.” (Associate Press, 11/21/2006)
Had this been 50 years ago, Bugden could have been defending homosexuality instead of polygamy. I bet few people in those days thought that homosexual marriage would be legal in some states by 2006. I wonder what year will bring about the full acceptance of polygamous marriage. How about pedophilia (some have begun to fight for it)? A book suggested to me on these topics is The Marketing of Evil.
Yet the Bible is defamed because it is old fashioned, culturally out-dated, biased, or hate-speech. The Bible speaks clearly about the evils of sin, whether they be lying, murder, homosexual practice, stealing, etc. (Romans 13:13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Revelation 21:8). We must bow our knee to Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven, apart from any work we could do to earn salvation (John 14:6). We must battle these temptations and sins in our own lives (Romans 13:12-14)! And, finally, we must speak against these things graciously while not compromising the truth (Colossians 4:6). Of particular disgrace is sexual sin because it is a sin against the person’s own body (1 Corinthians 6:18-25), which is all the worse for those of us the Holy Spirit inhabits.