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Shameful: Some history of our movement

posted Apr 30, 2012, 1:30 AM by Michael S. Heath   [ updated Apr 30, 2012, 1:30 AM ]
Mike Heath speaking in Portland
Coming to politics with Christianity in 1988 I encountered my first test.  Focus on the Family was moving out into the states to save the family by addressing public policy.

When they came to Maine they found the CHRISTIAN Civic League of Maine.  They told us they were hung up on our name.  Even though the League had been at that point working effectively within Maine politics for nearly a century they felt they had to pause.  They didn't like the Christian identity of the organization.

After a year of ruminating they did associate, and I worked with Focus on the Family for twenty years.

I always felt they wanted more of a secular, wonkish image for their state based groups.  In 2008 I changed the name of the League to the Maine Family Policy Council.  Thankfully, the new administration has returned to the original name.

It is instructive to understand what is going on here.  It is simple really.  It is a womanish attempt to gain the respect of another.

The old League was patriarchal.  The new League -- the one I led -- is womanish.  That's why I had to do the blow dried hair and suit look.  The old League was non-partisan.  The new League is Republican.  The old League was principled.  The new League is pragmatic.  The old League was tough.  The new League is nice.

During my lifetime I have witnessed the descent from Playboy into the abyss of online porn. I started my ministry understanding that were Martin Luther here today he would fight the baby killers and the sodomites.  He would understand the times.  He would see clearly that Satan is pushing most effectively on the sexual morals of our generation.  That is where the fight for righteousness is most fierce.  He would not shrink from that battle, and adopt the language of the other side.

I fought to keep the League on the bleeding edge of the "gay" fight from 1994 to 2009, the year I resigned.  I watched our finances remain somewhat stable year-to-year.  But the leadership of the evangelical movement started to weaken, and then ultimately divide, as I continued my relentless advocacy to keep the "gay" fight as the League's number one priority.

I felt my leadership was justified at the League until it became clear to me that the pastors had decided to follow someone else.  To quote from a letter I received from a key supporter and friend just before I resigned I, "lost my momentum."

Man didn't put me at the League.  Jesus Christ put me there.  There is no doubt in my mind that he put me there to confront the sodomy movement.  I am now convinced it is my fault that Maine experienced twenty years of evenly split statewide voting on sodomy.

I never should have put on the suit and blow dried my hair.  I never should have tried to use my image, and the image of those around me, to win the battle.  I always should have trusted God more than I did.

You'd be wrong to read this as hand-wringing.  It is never too late to repent and move on.  That is the strength, uniqueness and beauty of Christianity.  Sodomites are willfully stuck in their sin.  We aren't.

Their movement is built on lies.  Ours is built on -- or should be built on -- the truth.

The truth about the vote this November is that it isn't a battle between nice people who happen to disagree.  It is not important that we respect the devil.  It is important that we condemn him, and those who wish to use the sexual instinct in humanity for their own ends.  Politicians are using this issue to get re-elected.

I'm sick of it.

The "pro family" movement is using it to raise millions of dollars.  I'm sick of that also.

I don't want to raise any money.  I never did.  I want to end the debate.  I want to bury this evil, and never have to talk about it again.  I want to see innocence and virtue put back in sex.  I want men to protect women, and women to love men.

I hate this issue.  I hate everything about it.  There is nothing good that comes from talking about it.

And that is why I want to see men rise up all over Maine and discover the virtue, courage and goodness that God put in their hearts.  This is a dirty, nasty fight.  Women must be loved by men enough to be protected from the sordid essence of what is being sought here.

I don't want you near me unless you are prepared to sacrifice.

Maine is going to rise up and end this debate if I have anything to say about it.

As Maine goes so goes the nation.