Activism or apathy. Those are the two predominant political responses of Indiana Christians to the coming campaign for sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) anti-discrimination laws. If the typical pattern of the culture war holds true, we can predict an oversimplified version of the next legislative session: a bill will be put forward, a political gun will be pointed to the head of legislators, and the SOGI lobby will ask the question, “Are you a bigot, or not?” What are the options for Christians in Indiana or in other places facing similar circumstances?
Christian activists want to rally the crowd to the statehouse, pound the pitchforks, and take back our state for the Lord. Admittedly, that statement oversimplifies the strategy, but it captures the essence of it. Strategically, it will not work. Proponents of the law are amassing millions of dollars for the campaign. They will gather far more protesters than Christians will. They are rallying business leaders to support the cause, and threaten dire economic consequences for the state if the law does not pass.
Christian apathetics, on the other hand, shrug and presume that the law is probably inevitable in light of the cultural-change locomotive that is moving full speed. They […]