The official website of the DOS depicts the event as an "effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT."
It seems there has been some debate among Christians, teens and adults, whether or not a Christian, given the opportunity, should support or participate in the event.
My answer is a strong no to both.
I believe that Christians cannot be so naive as to separate the DOS from the radical and furious movement in the West to normalize homosexual behavior.
Behind the sweet smiles and the loving veneer of groups like the "Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network" (the main sponsor of the DOS) is a disgust for anything that mirrors a biblical view of sexuality.
What do you think they consider "harassment" of homosexual teens?
The Christian organization "Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays" (PFOX), alleges that GLSEN "spent thousands of dollars distributing a school booklet accusing ex-gays of 'harassment'" for seeking equal access to the schools that gay-affirming groups like GLSEN have.
The Church must recognize that in the mind of groups that promote tolerance and acceptance of homosexual behavior, there is no place for any view that is anything less than a ringing support of the gay lifestyle and all of its trappings.
Christian who feel like they are being sensitive or open-minded by flirting with these projects are, quite bluntly, useful idiots for those who wish to advance their own agendas.
The founder of GLSEN, Kevin Jennings, has stated that "ex-gay messages have no place in our nation's public schools." and "there is no 'other side' when you're talking about lesbian, gay and bisexual students."
This grand display of tolerance by Jennings towards the scores of people who have left the gay lifestyle as a result of coming to Christ is simply breathtaking.
The Christian led "Focus on the Family" scheduled its "Day of Dialogue" on April 19th to promote "student-initiated conversations about the fact that God cares about our lives, our relationships and our sexuality"; stating furthermore that "[Jesus'] example calls us to stand up for those being harmed or bullied while offering the light of what God's word says."
Reacting to this, one gay-affirming author, writing for LGBQTnation.com stated:
"Allowing Focus on the Family to export their historical and counter-productive sacred discrimination of the LGBT community to Christian youth is a mistake."
This is the world's reaction to biblical sexual ethics.
And don't think an isolated reaction; the Day of Dialogue is largely being condemned as being based on discrimination as well as hate, for apparently no other reason than espousing a biblical view of human sexuality.
The Far Left group "People for the American Way" construe the DOD as part of an agenda to "make schools safe for bullies and dangerous for gay kids".
How can Christians condone this type of vitriol directed at other believers for speaking the truth?
I want to emphasize once again that the Day of Silence must be viewed in the larger context of the pro-gay movement, otherwise a Christians may unwittingly lend support to this campaign that actively undermine the Word of God.
If the Day of Silence was really about anti-bullying then there would be no reason to oppose groups like PFOX and Focus on the Family for disseminating messages which do not promote bullying of any kind, but instead condemn bullying and encourage support of youths who have chosen not to live the gay lifestyle despite their same-sex attractions
Besides, anti-bullying campaigns that do not recognize the root cause of bullying do very little to actually change the minds of bullies, since bullying is a sin problem that requires a salvific solution.
Namely, if you want kids to stop bullying then help them to know, love and obey Jesus.
That is where you and I come in: it is our jobs as Christians to stand up for the oppressed in our schools and in our lives and tell them about the Advocate who cares about them, loves them, and desires to save them.
When we glorify and exalt the name of Christ in our lives and, by the grace and power of God, oppose those who hurt and tear others down, we will be doing a far better service to our unbelieving friends, than by sending them harmful mixed messages.
In other words:
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Because the Day of Silence seems to be part of a larger goal of promoting the gay lifestyle and silencing any dissenting opinion, I would encourage Christians not to participate in the event, but instead take the opportunity to reach out to their classmates with the truth about homosexuality and most importantly the truth of the Gospel.