Friday, June 28, 2013
In light (or darkness) of the Supreme Court rulings this week upholding the "right" to same sex marriage, it is interesting to see how the proponents of this innovation appeal to a basically Christian principal, that is, "Everyone is equal," but then apply it in a very anti-Christian way. The clarion call of the same sex marriage lobby is actually referring to the assertion that "everyone is created equal" in the Declaration of Independence, where Jefferson and the Founders base this truth in the existence of a Creator who orders all life and nature. This same Creator has made clear that the order for marriage is "one man and one woman." Therefore, homosexual marriage can be deemed legal, constitutional, or whatever category humans may want to make up, but none of this dissuades God or changes the reality of the creation that the Creator has made.
Yes, this is a "religious" rationale for what marriage should be, but marriage is essentially a religious act, and no secular basis for defining marriage has emerged, except that, whatever it is, it should be available to all sexual orientations. At this point in the societal and legal descent regarding the definition of marriage, the rationale is now open to the practice of any configuration of persons. On what basis does a society that holds a polymorphic view of marriage ever withhold the right to marry? There is no basis, except as an expression of hatred toward any who do not accept a radically secular approach to society. Radical secularism is fascist, having no rational framework for an objective, reasonable, and natural understanding of human existence!
Though the framers of the Constitution obviously never intended it to overturn what they believed to be a fundamental building block for society, the present emphasis upon a strictly secular reading of the Constitution compels an approach to marriage that resists definitions and boundaries. Therefore, religious views (and for that matter, any view that actually defines who, what, and how many should marry) are apriori rejected and judged as wrong. So, fully expect that the next steps in the devolution of marriage in our society will be formal sanctions AGAINST anyone who holds a religious view limiting marriage to an heterosexual expression. (I state it this way because though same sex marriage is targeting specifically a Christian view of marriage, it also will condemn Islamic and animistic religious views as well.) Even now I find a growing willingness for same sex marriage proponents to openly condemn and encourage the intimidation of any person (me), group (Christians), or institution (church) that does not accept the legitimacy of same sex marriage, or any of the other impending marriage innovations (group, cross species, inanimate affective, adult-child, and mono-affective, etc.).
On a different note, as far as the idea regurgitated over and over in same sex marriage discussions that no one can judge anyone else because Jesus turns no one away, it is important to not be silly about this. No, it is not my place to judge another, but I have enough awareness and the ability to recognise wrong doing and react accordingly, especially regarding issues that God has spoken clearly about. Thus, if a person enters a mall and begins to randomly shoot people, I am able to discern immediately that this is a wrong action, that the person is acting in a sinful manner, and that I may intervene in their behaviour to stop them from doing it. In fact, if I say to myself that I have no right to judge them or restrict them, it is obviously clear that my response is also wrong, and even sinful.
Also, Jesus would never turn anyone away is not true, since Matthew 25 describes Jesus turning many away at the Last Judgement. Plus, people choose now whether to follow Jesus and obey his words now, and many choose not to follow and obey. Since Jesus made clear his view that marriage is only for one man and one woman (Matthew 19:3-8; Mark 10:2-9), then it is impossible for us to be obedient disciples if we are seeking to not only disobey a clear Word of the Lord, but even to claim we know better than God in our disobedience.
And with this, I am done commenting about this issue for the foreseeable future!