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Join Craig von Buseck weekdays as he shares his perspective on the major trends and news affecting the Body of Christ today.

Say "No" to Silence

Chuck Colson of Breakpoint and Prison Fellowship is my guest blogger today. He gives a call to Christians that it is imperative that we build a movement for marriage and say "no" to the spiral of silence.


You were probably as grossed out as I was the other day when you picked up the newspaper to see a picture of two men kissing. The occasion? They were celebrating the demise of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Everywhere you turned, homosexual and lesbian members of the military "came out" very publicly to celebrate what the media is heralding as a huge victory for human rights.

Why the huge media splash? Most Americans, after all, are either indifferent or opposed to gays openly serving in the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" served most Americans well - it kind of fit the prevailing public mood on homosexuality, which is this: "What you do in private is your business, just don't shove it in my face."

But that's not good enough for the gay-rights lobby or the media. Make no mistake: The celebration of the end of "Don't' Ask Don't Tell" is a calculated step on the path to gay "marriage." This is a battle for the heart and soul of marriage.

And it is brought to us compliments of the less than 10 percent of Americans who belong to the cultural elite. They are the ones who when they speak, people read about it, hear about it. They control the TV networks, the Internet service providers, and the newspapers.

And actually, they are more of a governing influence on us today than Congress and the White House, which are in total gridlock. The real centers of cultural power - Hollywood, New York - are disseminating a clear message about homosexual behavior: That it's normal, here to stay, and you'd better not say anything against it.

They are cowing the majority of Americans into what German sociologist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann calls the "spiral of silence."

It works something like this: The mass media portray a given issue in a certain way with an eye to actually shaping public opinion. Once individuals see the issue as "decided," they clam up, even if they disagree. That's because most people don't like to go against the grain; they don't want to be socially isolated, they don't want to seem to be cranks, or be labeled as bigots.

So how do you control America today? You control it by shaping the ideas of the people and silencing the opposition. And we're letting a small, unelected elite shape those ideas and define what is and what is not permissible to say.

Shame on us. Because we should be shaping ideas, proclaiming truth from our pulpits and from every platform we have - from the neighborhood cookout to the school board meeting.

Look at England in the early 19th century. The slave trade was legal and lucrative. The slave traders literally owned Parliament. They seemed invincible. But when the Wesley holiness movement got involved, when Wilberforce began to write and preach, they so infiltrated and shaped public opinion that Wilberforce himself could march into Parliament with nearly 400,000 signatures on a petition demanding the end to the slave trade.

Folks, only this kind of a popular movement can stop the gay-"marriage" crusade. Remember, the people with the real power are the people with the microphones in their hands.

And the only way we can break their power - the only way we can save the institution of marriage - is to wake up, reject the spiral of silence, and create and motivate a movement that will speak out.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Say "No" to Silence

Count me in!!! I fell there should be a huge meeting with all our Brothers and sisters in Christ to get the truth out, I mean were supposed to have freedom of religion, right? so Just like the walls of Jericho fell, I believe God would protect us through it on Jesus name AMEN
Left by Ophelia on Sep 23, 2011 12:29 PM

# RE: Say "No" to Silence

I am an ordinary citizen of this country and was just surprised by the strong wall around the gay issue. My passion against this issue has reached a breaking point especially because I have a three year old who will be entering the public school system and like hell will I have her be sensitized to this immoral lifestyle and I refuse to put her in private school. Ihave been praying that God will put forward his mandate and open doors so that I can interact with those who are against this mess so that we can prevent them for forcing this on us and our children. I believe God has given every man the inalienable right to choose, they can choose whatever they like with the consequence from Him but don't force me to conform. I await His hand to be manifested.
Left by Watchman on Sep 23, 2011 1:49 PM

# RE: Say "No" to Silence

It starts with ALL OF US believers in Christ. "Political Correctedness" must be banned in our speech! Tell it like it is, to the risk of being sued. That's when REAL CHANGE OCCURS.
Left by FRENCHFROG777 on Sep 24, 2011 9:01 AM

# RE: Say "No" to Silence

Craig, I have read your article and the blog comments and I have the following comment:
I am a European immigrant (legal, mind you!)and a US citizen. I am as American as anyone can be; I voted for Reagan casting my first political vote in life and I was proud to be part of America. However, since that time I made some disturbing observances about most Americans. They are (yes, I am also!)the most blessed people on earth, living in a free nation with great opportunities and liberties, right to pursue they own destiny. Yet, I see the American people that conquered so much, that has so much innate strength, allow evil to conquer their society in so many ways, I must necessarily start to wonder: What are they thinking? Where are they?
I am starting to believe that the US is "going down"! I don't think that they anymore are willing to stand up and fight! I look at Americans at large like frogs in a pot that is slowly heating up and they will stay put!
Left by steve on Mar 17, 2012 10:08 PM