Posted by: tucsonjefe | June 10, 2008

What’s so Gay about it?

I have been fascinated by words most of my life.  One phrase in current popular parlance is troubling to me, and the debate surrounding it is disturbing.  That phrase is “gay marriage.”  When I was a kid, we would have understood that to mean an unusually happy married couple consisting of a man and a woman.  Due to the volume and persistence of homosexual propaganda over the last century, we no longer use the word “gay” to refer to joyful, light-hearted happiness.  It now means “homosexual.”  So then, “gay marriage” would mean a marriage between persons of the same sex.  That is, I believe, an oxymoron from a Christian standpoint. Marriage may be understood from either a civil-legal or a spiritual/religious perspective.  From a Christian point of view there is no such thing as “gay marriage.”  The biblical understanding of marriage is that the married couple is “what God has joined together.”  Homosexual behavior, on the other hand, is described as “abomination (Lev 18:22).”  God is not creating, joining together, or endorsing abominations.  What other religions may decide to endorse is, I suppose, their own business.  But for Christians, there is no debate.

 

From the civil perspective, the idea of “homosexual marriage” is a fundamental redefinition of the term “marriage.” Every reputable dictionary includes in their primary definition, wording that requires marriage to be between persons of different genders. From a cultural standpoint, this is part of the social fabric. Marriage is the basic unit that provides for the care and feeding of children. It is where they are acculturated and socialized. As a society, we certainly have the prerogative to re-define marriage as a civil/legal institution.  If we choose to acknowledge a committed arrangement between persons of the same sex as a “marriage,” we should do so with an understanding of what we are agreeing to. 

 

1.      We are legally endorsing sexual behavior that was unlawful only a few years ago.  Sodomy has not changed.  Society has.

 

2.      We are removing any grounds for restrictions on adoptions and child-rearing by homosexual couples.  Do we, as a nation, believe that this is the best idea?

 

3.      We are guaranteeing a continued increase in the number of same-sex romances portrayed in our entertainment media.  Get ready.  The boys are about to smooch in your living room while your children watch.

 

4.      We are offering the largesse of social programs and entitlements to these “spouses.”  This is my personal pet peeve.  I don’t really want to be society’s moral monitor.  On the other hand, I don’t want the government to take my money to subsidize homosexual behavior by giving tax breaks and survivor benefits to these unions.

 

5.      We are turning purposely turning away from our Judeo-Christian heritage and adopting the customs of pagan cultures of ages past. It makes a difference where we look for our values as a culture.  If not the Bible where?  If not God, who?  Good-bye Moses, hello sophistic relativism.

These are all serious issues that will have to be dealt with by our political process.  Vote your convictions.  As Christians the more important question is, “How do we respond to these very radical cultural shifts?”  Do we react with self-righteous outrage and hatred, or do we look for ways to engage and love and bless?  How do we teach our kids the difference in good and evil without bequeathing to them them the bitter taste of bigotry?  Do we spend our energy and resources fighting political battles, or do we invest our lives in prayer and service and love?  Pharisees or redeemers, enforcers or servants: Tough questions.  Real questions.  Our nation is our mission field.  How do we reach it?  The lost are our point, not our problem.

 

Scripture Reading:  And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:30-32 NKJV)

 

Somebody Said: “It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”  — Alfred Adler

 

Nations are not Christian, people are.  That is our quest: Not that the laws are correct, but that the people are made righteous.

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