Monday, August 20, 2012

Marriage: A House Divided

Thank you for the many positive comments and messages I received last week while taking a break. And speaking of breaks, my fractured bones are healing quickly, like any 30-something-year-old body should do.


Your kind words mean a great deal to me personally and are profoundly lifting and inspiring. Your support allows us to continue to do what we do. Thank you.

However, there continues to be too many, in fact a growing number of good people who are privately advocating we not support the R-74 effort and its leadership, for a variety of reasons---some of which are true, but not reason to abandon marriage at this critical moment in time.

Remember, this is not a referendum on those who have wrested leadership away from some who were more qualified, more generally accepted and with more pure motives, it is a referendum on traditional, biblical marriage that has been the norm for every civilization in history.

It is tough to stand for marriage in today's culture.



The religious left is quick to label you as a hater, denying love to those who need it, while the secular left often labels you as an out of touch bigot if you stand publicly for marriage.

Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. And a list of others. Some local. Most recently, Seattle Archbishop Sartain.

The house is divided.

The most recent PEW Survey on marriage revealed that Democrats favor redefining marriage 65% to 29%. They will confirm homosexual "marriage" as part of their Party platform in their upcoming convention. They will also advocate that DOMA be repealed.

We will see how strongly the Republican Party takes its stand in support of marriage next week.

PEW found that there are deep religious divisions over the issue---73% of white evangelicals support traditional marriage, as do 51% of all Blacks, with 54% of Black Protestants supporting traditional marriage. PEW found a majority of White non-Hispanic Catholics favor redefining marriage as do 50% of mainline White Protestants. There's more, you can review the survey.

The trend, according to PEW, has been toward acceptance, but the house is deeply divided.

When the evangelical and conservative Catholic community is further divided, it should present grave concern for those of us who stand for marriage.

I am aware that many of you worked on both R-74 and I-1192, finding that the R-74 leadership consistently undermined I-1192 across the state. We gathered a significant number of all the signatures gathered for I-1192.

Likewise, we gathered a significant amount of the record setting number of signatures for R-74. I personally believed both the Initiative and the Referendum were important in the defense of marriage.

I'm hearing that many who worked endlessly on both were thanked for their work on I-1192, while hearing not a word from the R-74 leadership. That was my personal experience. I understand.

Too many are telling me R-74 is driven by personal ambition and opportunism by its leadership. Based on what I have personally been told, that is probably true.

So, stand back, don't support it---let it happen---whatever will be will be. Right?

Wrong. How about this? Let's get over it. Let it go. Many of you have refused to be silenced by the noise of the homosexual activists and the press. Are you now going to allow the subtleties of Satan to silence you?

If I have any influence, and I believe I do with some, let me suggest this response:
  • Be sure to vote "reject" on R-74 on the November ballot. Voting, I believe, is a matter of spiritual stewardship.
  • Encourage others to vote "reject" on R-74. Speak to friends, family and groups in your local community. Stand strong. Be bold. Be wise. Be discerning.
  • Pray that God will intervene in all the matters related to this issue. He has a way of making the crooked way straight. Pray that He will honor and bless the stand for marriage and the effort of all who helped it succeed.
  • Forget about credit or appreciation. Just let that part of it play out. Do everything as unto the Lord. Don't react to criticism, elitism, misguided motives or your disappointment in individuals. Marriage is worth that discipline.

Okay?

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks Gary. That needed to be said. God bless you.

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  2. "... if you stand publicly for marriage"

    Nice try. The pro equality side is the side actually standing FOR marriage. Fairness will win. You couldn't stop interracial marriage and you won't hold back marriage this time either.

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  3. Many years ago, Bill Gothard, Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts,taught many years here in Portland, OR and around the US the Scriptural 13 steps that a nation goes through to reprobate (right is wrong; wrong is right) living that triggers destruction from within. God's standard for judgement is sodomy (homosexuality). When a nation accepts sodomy as a normal lifestyle, God judges that nation and the seeds of self destruction are sown. Since the 1970s we have watched this progression. The Christian Church has been too tolerant and asleep at the wheel (Bible). If we allow this division to rule the vote and homosexual marriage is passed we will live out the consequences. Read the book, Blessings and Curses by Derek Prince. Better yet read the Bible.
    Chief Justice Roberts stated in his opinion of the Health Care Plan, The US Supreme Court is not here to protect citizens against the people they voted for. It is the Christian's obligation to vote for God's standards/laws from the Bible, just like Pastor John Hagee stated today on radio. We will live with our choices - blessings or curses.

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  4. Many years ago, Bill Gothard, Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts,taught many years here in Portland, OR and around the US the Scriptural 13 steps that a nation goes through to reprobate (right is wrong; wrong is right) living that triggers destruction from within. God's standard for judgement is sodomy (homosexuality). When a nation accepts sodomy as a normal lifestyle, God judges that nation and the seeds of self destruction are sown. Since the 1970s we have watched this progression. The Christian Church has been too tolerant and asleep at the wheel (Bible). If we allow this division to rule the vote and homosexual marriage is passed we will live out the consequences. Read the book, Blessings and Curses by Derek Prince. Better yet read the Bible.
    Chief Justice Roberts stated in his opinion of the Health Care Plan, The US Supreme Court is not here to protect citizens against the people they voted for. It is the Christian's obligation to vote for God's standards/laws from the Bible, just like Pastor John Hagee stated today on radio. We will live with our choices - blessings or curses.

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  5. it is a referendum on traditional, biblical marriage that has been the norm for every civilization in history.

    This statement is an outright lie - we know that polygamy was the traditional form of marriage - we know because the Bible teaches it and the greatest men of God in history practiced it.

    Gary you are simply a religious humanist clothing yourself in the name of Jesus. You should be ashamed of yourself for deceiving the flock - though I know that your heart is so hardened against God that at this time nothing will assail your self-centered, fleshly way. So I make no further correction that to point out the above blatant, anti-Christ lie

    Sincerely,
    In the Lord Jesus Christ
    Patrick

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  6. Unfortunately, Gary's post assumes that the only vehicle for Christians to support traditional marriage is R74. That may be what Backholm and Fuiten want us to think, but it isn't true.

    R74 is not real protection for marriage. It would take all of our resources to win, and even if we do, it can be reversed the next day by the legislature. We can't be put in a situation where we fight the same battle every year. I personally know one of the largest donors to R74. I won't name names, but he is a good man who prayerfully decided to send in a large check. But he would not be able and would not be willing to do that next year to fight the same battle all over again.

    We need to do more than support a fake marriage protection measure that is being run by deceitful people who undermined the genuine protection measure. We need to harbor our resources and then put all our efforts behind either an I-1192 type effort or a constitutional amendment next year. This is how every other state has successfully defended marriage. Why are we doing it differently than 32 other states? Is it because it is more lucrative for Backholm and his crew to get big money year after year?

    A constitutional amendment is protection. R74 is a protection racket. In other words, it is a scheme to enrich the protectors but it doesn't really provide actual protection for marriage. Gary, I am not saying I won't vote to reject R74. I am saying that it is not Biblically sound to ask Christians to put time and money into supporting the campaign.

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