A federal appeals court ruled Thursday afternoon against a central provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, a groundbreaking decision that tees up a potential battle before the Supreme Court. I have linked the story here.
With President Obama coming out in full support and putting the most powerful office in the world behind so-called homosexual "marriage," one wonders what is really behind such an abandonment over 5000 years of social order.
To redefine marriage, an institution that predates all organized civilizations---an institution that is honored and affirmed as a relationship between a man and a woman by every major religion, in order to accommodate a sexual behavior that is condemned by every major religion in the world, causes a person to look at what passion is really driving such a movement.
Not really. But equality is a word people love to embrace. To do so proves an individual to be fair, loving, open minded and progressive. A good person. To oppose the redefinition of marriage is to be seen as a hater, bigot, anti-civil rights racist and an out of touch person who is clinging to the past. A bad person.
But homosexual "marriage" doesn't create equality. Many are still discriminated against because they are close blood relatives, but may be in love and seek to marry. Or, because their sexual orientation or preference is toward having multiple wives or husbands. And what about those who prefer group marriage?
There is no equality. Only special rights for homosexual sexual behavior in this endeavor.
Is this a "civil rights" issue?
Homosexual activists and the media would have you believe it is, but when you look at the leadership in major campaigns to protect marriage, that notion seems to fade in the light of truth.
Recently North Carolina rejected homosexual "marriage" by a significant margin. Many in the leadership of that campaign were black pastors and churches. Would they stand against civil rights?
Pastor Ken Hutcherson, a friend and black pastor in the Seattle area, has told me often and strongly that he not only disagrees with that misrepresentation, but is offended by the notion that some how sexual behavior is equivalent to ethnicity.
Yet homosexual activists advocate that homosexuality is the new black.
Black and Latino pastors played a significant roll in the landmark rejection of homosexual "marriage" in California's Prop. 8. They know it is not about civil rights.
Jeffery Kuhner was asking himself some of these same questions. Let me share some thoughts and quotes taken from one of his recent columns.
"Yet the same-sex-marriage issue is more important than simple politics. It is about the future of America’s civilization. Within hours of Amendment One’s victory, the pro-homosexual-marriage forces announced they would sue to block North Carolina’s constitutional ban. In other words, they repeated the Proposition 8 model: Circumvent defeat at the ballot box by asking leftist judges to trump the democratic will of the people. This is judicial tyranny masquerading as civil rights - a naked attempt by a minority to impose its neo-pagan immorality upon the majority. The homosexual agenda is a manifestation of the totalitarian impulse at the heart of liberalism: the desire by a ruling cartel to impose a social revolution from above.
Every major religious faith - Christianity, Islam, Orthodox Judaism - teaches that homosexuality is an abomination. Homosexual behavior, especially sodomy, is unnatural and immoral. It is absurd, bordering on social madness, to elevate gay and lesbian relationships to the sanctified status of marriage - a form of moral anarchy characterized by radical individualism, hedonism and sexual liberation. Same-sex marriage is a symptom of cultural decay.
Our Judeo-Christian ancestors understood something that postmodern liberals do not: The primary purpose of sexual activity is to procreate - to have children - within the boundaries of marriage. Romantic love, personal fulfillment, burning passion - all of these things are nice, but secondary to the real purpose and mission of marriage. Secular liberals are engaged in social engineering. They are fostering the myth that women and men are the same and interchangeable. According to Mr. Obama, a child needs two committed and loving parents - regardless of their gender. This is fantasy. A child needs a committed mother and father. Women and men are profoundly different; they have distinct natures, with unique biological, emotional and psychological characteristics. It is the fusion of these two divergent genders that provides the balance and harmony necessary for the healthy development of children. Hence, same-sex “marriage” is an oxymoron. It is akin to redefining gravity: an act of hubris destined to fail."
As the light is turned on, it becomes apparent that there is much more at stake in the so-called "marriage equality" movement.
When the campaign to redefine marriage in Washington State began with a press conference in Bellevue last fall, homosexual activists told the reporter they wanted "marriage" to affirm their lifestyle. They seek an acceptance of a lifestyle that is rejected by the moral code of every religion.
Kuhner says, "Once marriage falls, only one institution will be left standing in their way: traditional Christianity. The ultimate aim of the radical left has been to destroy religion--especially Western Christianity. Once a religion dies, so does the culture and civilization it spawned. America is at a crossroads, enmeshed in a cultural war with homosexual advocates like Mr. Obama who are determined to strike at the very nexus of our civilization."
Ultimately the attempt to re-engineer the social order of marriage and the family is an act of rebellion against God and His creation. And as Kuhner suggests, an attack against biblical Christianity itself.
America is indeed at a crossroads. An epic battle for the soul of our culture and that of the next generation is underway. Thank you for standing with us in this ministry.
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