There’s legislation that’s been under discussion for sometime and was recently introduced to the House of Representatives under the acronym FFA. FFA ostensibly stands for “Fairness for All”, but it might more accurately be given as “Freedom Freely Abdicated” or “Frankly Futile Appeasement”.
It is, in brief, an attempt at compromise between religious liberty and the sexual revolution. It offers classification of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories in civil rights legislation, in exchange for exemptions for religious institutions.
- As a rule, compromise with the sexual revolution is a bad idea. That’s because it’s a revolution, not a gentle and measured reform. It does not tolerate dissent. For the sexual revolutionaries, compromise–when accepted at all–is always a stepping stone. They see it as ‘a good first step’ in their direction, not a binding treaty.
- This particular compromise is actually surrender of the key point we’re supposedly disputing at the moment.
- To some extent, all compromise with the sexual revolution is surrender of the truth; before the sexual revolution got rolling, America had an understanding of human identity and sexuality that was an approximation of the truth in most ways. We’ve been surrendering to falsehood ever since: pornography, divorce, promiscuity, abortion, homosexuality, and so on, have each in turn been a surrender of the truth.
- What FFA offers is to effectively surrender the truth about the distinction and complementarity of the human race. God created us as man and woman, with a proper orientation of one for another. Christians maintain that we are not bigots in opposing homosexuality and transgenderism, because these are not legitimate identity categories, they are illegitimate denials of the truth about humanity. FFA offers to surrender the basis of the Christian argument, and instead merely reserve the right to be bigots.
- There appears to be no real danger of the FFA passing. Plenty of conservatives are against it, and the liberals aren’t even interested in this compromise, having much more ambitious plans. So the real thing to note is not that this legislation is gaining traction, but that far too many conservatives, many of them evangelical Christians, somehow became convinced it was a good compromise.
I know that secularism has been bulldozing its way across American society for the past sixty years, and that the sexual revolution pushes its agenda with tremendous coercive force. But slow surrender is neither a courageous response nor a promising strategy.