And the Gileadites took the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "Let me go over," the men of Gilead said to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" When he said, "No," they said to him, "Then say Shibboleth," and he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it right; then they seized him and slew him at the fords of the Jordan.Judges 12:5,6 (RSVCE).
The Bear found this agitprop in his Facebook feed. It had been posted by a young Catholic mother from whom The Bear expected better.
|This is just mean-spirited.|
This is the Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, who faces indefinite imprisonment for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The joke is that this is an ad for a show called "Orange is the New Black," in which a "nice" woman is sent to a federal woman's penitentiary.
The simulation of marriage by homosexuals is the precise fault line in the spiritual life of our country. Everyone seems to be either for or against it, and strongly so. Those who are for it seem compelled to make their opinion known to one and all.
Part of that is the need to morally preen. To show their friends that they are the right sort of people. But you can't read comments on social media without learning that this is also an opportunity for people who hate Christians to finally say so in a safe and supportive setting.
Same-sex marriage is the "shibboleth" of our age. You can either pronounce it you can't, and that way everybody knows which side you're on. Not just on gay marriage, but everything. It neatly separates those who are caught in the current of the Prince of the World from those who have at least a flicker of supernatural insight and stand on their own two feet. Today they imprison us. Will they tomorrow spill our blood at the ford because we cannot say shibboleth? Hatred is in the air, unmitigated by the Gospel, so don't be so sure.
The Bear isn't saying that everyone who is against gay marriage is going to heaven. But he is saying that everyone who is for it is caught in the current of the Prince of the World. Unless they stop pushing away the branches Christians are holding out to them, the stream they are in must carry them to Hell.