As I read through the draft of the NDO, it appears that the City Council is really trying to be as neutral as possible. However, it is impossible to be neutral on this. Having an ordinance, such as being suggested, already makes a statement against those who hold to true Biblical Judeo/Christian values. It forces the LGBT lifestyle on others, which violates their conscience and religious freedom given in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It tells our young people that this is an acceptable behavior that has to be legally protected.
I find it interesting that when those of the LGBT persuasion sight the Scriptures, they avoid the obvious passages and sections of God's word that directly address and oppose this lifestyle (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Instead they fabricate a god who tolerates all behaviors with no offense and reject the truth that he hates sin. I say this out of love and truth, not with any hate, as so commonly accused for anyone who opposes this lifestyle. This is not a civil rights issue, such as nationality, color of skin or religion, but a behavior issue that wants legal endorsement and jeopardizes the common rights and religious freedoms of others.
Ronald Reagan said, "If this present generation does not fight for the freedoms that we now have, it will not be there for the generation that follows. They will only be talking about what once was." (address made at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, March 30, 1961).
Richard Schwartz, pastor
First Evangelical Free Church