While you (Pastor James Hein, WELS) make very good points and the comparison of the acceptance of evolution and the rise of the acceptance of homosexuality is correct, not enough emphasis is placed on the main reason for those acceptances- public education. What you say about the celebrity examples is spot on, but coming up with “celebrity” creationists will never work as a way to change the ideas about creationism as long as the majority of our population is educated in government schools. It is through two or three generations of public education that acceptance of homosexuality has come about.
There are far, far fewer Christian or parochial schools operating today than there were decades ago. Christians have seemingly abandoned Christian education and are subjecting their children to the indoctrination of god-less government schools in greater numbers. While homeschooling has increased, the numbers of our population indoctrinated by government schools still outnumber the Christians/creationists. Until there is a revival among Christians in who they allow to educate their own children, nothing will change in these end times- no matter how many prominent creation scientists you can come up with.
Let’s substitute “Muslim” for the word “Christian” in the above comments and see how palatable this thinking would then be for the majority of conservative Christian Americans:
“What you say about the celebrity examples is spot on, but coming up with “celebrity” burqa-wearing actresses will never work as a way to change the ideas about the immoral and immodest dress habits of American women as long as the majority of our population is educated in government schools.
Muslims have seemingly abandoned Muslim education and are subjecting their children to the indoctrination of god-less government schools in greater numbers.
Until there is a revival among Muslims in who they allow to educate their own children, nothing will change in these end times- no matter how many prominent burqa-wearing actresses you can come up with.”
The greatness of the American nation is our ability to blend, to mix, to melt, peoples from all over the world, of different ethnicities, cultures, customs, and religions into one united people. And what has historically been the most effective tool to do that “mixing”?
Answer: the American public school.
If we all divide off into our own little ethnic and religious communities, living in an almost closed environment of our church/mosque/synagogue and our parochial school, instead of a united people and nation, we become a collection of warring tribes. Tribes who are so unfamiliar with a neighboring (American) tribe, that they are seen as the “enemy” and not our compatriot.
In summary, if you want to make this great democratic nation even greater, support and assist your local public school: the ultimate tool in the Great Melting Pot that is our United States of America.