Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Judging The Justices
Now that 9 Supreme Court Justices have heard the arguments about marriage, Americans are in various ways judging the justices.
What will they decide---which justice will favor redefining marriage, which will not?
Yesterday, following the hearing, the Seattle Times carried the Associated Press article that most newspapers carried across the nation. In it the AP attempts to discern the nuances of the justices' questions and comments and follow-up questions.
Judging the Justices is one of the only ways the American people have of somewhat holding them accountable.
While marriage is the fundamental cornerstone of human existence, this issue also puts light on an issue which involves the fundamental cornerstone of our culture---the Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court of the United states---the original intent of our Founders---God's will on earth as it is in heaven.
In this we must judge ourselves, by taking an honest look at our faithfulness to God and His Word in a culture that has crossed the threshold of insanity.
Bob Schieffer, host of CBS's "Face The Nation" rather crudely confronted Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, with this on last Sunday's show:
"You said the other day---and I believe these are your words---if the Court rules in favor of gay marriage, it will be open season on people of faith. How can you say that?"
Is the far left secular progressive press that uninformed? Or are they merely blinded by their own cultural agenda to "transform America?"
Perkins response was not what Schieffer wanted to hear.
The Associated Press article, carried in the Seattle Times yesterday, addresses the question of what can be learned from the nuance of the questions asked and follow up comments and questions by the Supreme Court Justices.
Bob Schieffer's comments reflect the deep bias of the media---which we already knew existed and the parallel issue of "how" the secular progressive left is trying to "fundamentally transform America."
In response to Schieffer's question, Perkins said, "I can say that very clearly. This is what's at stake, Bob. This is not about marriage laws, this is about fundamentally altering the culture."
Fundamentally altering the culture.
Perkins reviewed current cases where the state is punishing people---Stutzam, the Kliens, etc., you know the list---for declining to participate and celebrate same-sex marriage because of their deeply held religious beliefs.
A defiant Schieffer reacted, telling Perkins that CBS has "been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear, because they [say] in their view, 'you don't speak for Christians'."
Then Schieffer noted to Perkins that the Southern Poverty Law Center lists FRC as an "anti-gay hate group," as if the SPLC "does" represent Christianity. Although they claim to represent black Christians, a growing number of blacks are disassociating with them because they are out of touch and do not represent any form of biblical Christianity.
Schieffer pressed on, stating as fact that 6 in 10 Americans now want same-sex "marriage." Perkins called him on that as well, telling Scheiffer that even the Washington Post questions those numbers, telling him what he surely knows--surveys vary depending on how the question is ask.
Yesterday I quoted Hillary's remarks at the Women in the World convention, urging women everywhere to be "champions of change" and "change the deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases" in our culture, echoing Barack Obama's consistent call to "fundamentally transform America."
A clear picture emerges in the story of Elijah (1 Kings 18) addressing the issue of how his culture had been transformed by the influence of the gods of Baal and Asherah, and their prophets.
He describes how cultural "transformation" takes place, even when people of faith---God's people, don't deny their faith, but merely adjust to the evolving morality of the times in which they live, staying safe in a hostile environment.
I am talking more about this on the radio today, using Elijah's experience and an example from Bruce Catton's book, "A Stillness at Appomattox" as an illustration of how biblical Christians often contribute to the process of transforming a culture without actually giving assent to the transformation or its ideology.
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Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Strong. Be Prayerful.