'Don't Ask, Don't Tell:' Singling Out Sin?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell:' Singling Out Sin?

Last night at midnight, the military policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" expired. Gay rights groups celebrated. During its 18 years, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" led to the discharge of an estimated 13,000 men and women from the armed services.

One can argue about unit cohesion and other damages to the military, which ought not be a target of social policy, but I was always uncomfortable with singling out one category of sinful behavior to the exclusion of others. Unmarried heterosexual couples were not punished for having sex. Some unmarried military couples live together.

And what about liars and those who engage in consulting spirits? These are included in Paul's list of sins God hates. In the end, we are all sinners. Of course, the gay rights crowd has another agenda. And that is full acceptance by society, including what the public schools teach. That battle is being lost as a younger generation seems to care less about it. But the power of the gospel to change lives remains the same. Christians should plug into that power and work less to reform the unredeemed through political structures.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: September 21, 2011