Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting It Wrong, Part II

The sad news of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling came out on Friday.

Normally on controversial rulings, I go through the opinions in this blog and consider the legal ramifications. But we’ve been through much of this already. Kennedy’s opinion ignored the law and came down to something about him personally not wanting homosexuals to feel lonely--not kidding. (He ignored his own recent ruling that marriage law was up to the states, not the federal government.)

The irony of the day was Chief Justice Roberts’ dissent about the majority ignoring the law—after he had done exactly that the day before on the King v. Burwell decision. All four dissenting judges wrote their own dissents—all worth reading. Again, Justice Scalia’s is the essence of clarity and truth.

Justice Kennedy is at fault—moreso than Breyer, Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor—because the others are partisan hacks, but Kennedy swings, so the decision was his. He is like the independent voter, going by some personal list of criteria mysterious to those of us with real principles, with the hubris to believe that his mind workings are more evolved than the rest of us.

That single unelected person in a black robe decided for all of America that there is, somewhere hidden in the 14th Amendment, a heretofore unknown right for homosexuals to marry. Because he knows more than God.

He doesn’t actually know more than God. Reactions to the ruling seem to forget that.

The people's house, with a small sub-group's flag
superimposed on it, photo from

The White House cheered by changing the white lights to be a rainbow. They were able to accomplish that lighting change that very day. One might think that was planned for way ahead of time, almost as if they had control over the ruling. Author Brad Thor pointed out that this was practically the first time the White House wasn’t surprised by the news; practically everything else they claim to learn about as we did, on TV news broadcasts. 

We might note that the White House is the people’s house, not the Obamas’. Their “gay pride” in the face of more than half of Americans is intentionally offensive. No other flag has been represented in colored lights on the White House—not even red, white, and blue on the 4th of July. The LBGT flag gets special privileges, just as homosexuals insisted on special privileges concerning marriage.

In addition, the president gave a speech (also likely prepared well in advance of the ruling, as if he knew the outcome). Apparently forgetting that he deceptively campaigned in 2008 as a supporter of traditional marriage, he said,

Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs…. All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact. Recognize different viewpoints. Revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.
But today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple often painfully real change is possible.…
Shifts in hearts and minds is [sic] possible…. And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them.
Let me translate: “You bitter clingers need to give up your religious beliefs; we’re right and you’re wrong, and we’ll force you into compliance. We might go easier on you if you submit to our superiority now.”

Here’s the thing: the president of this country is not more powerful or more all-knowing than God. Neither are any black-robed judges.

Contrary to popular belief, marriage—real marriage—didn’t change on Friday. Real marriage is older than all earthly governments, and it won’t change because people change their opinions.

It predates this earth. But on our planet it was instituted by God to our first parents. He gave Adam and Eve a covenant—between each other and the two of them together with Him—to sanction the behavior that they would need to experience (and hopefully enjoy) in order to multiply and replenish the earth, so that they would experience the joy of having posterity.

Marriage was a blessing to them from the beginning, and to all of us who have come after. Saving that sexual act until it is sanctioned by covenant offers many blessings: knowing who a child’s parents are, committing both parents to the raising of their children, economic stability, absence of sexually transmitted diseases, and more. There is nothing instituted in any culture at any time that is better for building civilization.

Marriage provides care for children during the years before they are productive. It provides support for women during childbearing and raising small children when they would otherwise struggle to be self-sustaining. It motivates men to more productivity in order to meet their family obligations. And it connects men and women permanently, to work together for the economic and social well-being of their family unit.

There is a detail about this that has been ignored in today’s society. Marriage is to sanction the procreative sexual act—before it takes place. It legitimizes no sexual act other than the procreative one. And it is understood that extramarital participation in that act is illicit: i.e., outside the law, not sanctioned by law.

In religious terms, any sexual acts outside of marriage is a sin. It is outside the covenant. God has not approved it. That’s why the terminology includes phrases like “illegitimate child,” “living in sin,” or “making an honest man (or woman) out of me.” 

Governments, which usually support the covenant, refer to the specific procreative act. This procreative act requires a male and a female. If you don’t believe this, your biological education is sorely deficient. A marriage isn’t consummated until the man and woman engage in the act. Failure to engage in it is grounds for annulment.

Homosexuals never, ever, world’s without end, engage in that act with someone of the same sex. It isn’t a physiological possibility. What they do is sexual, but it isn’t what is required for marriage. The Supreme Court can’t make it so; all SCOTUS can do is confuse the law, and take away the honor from real marriage that it has always had because of its benefit to society.

Furthermore, homosexuals are not entering marriage in order to place within the law any sexual act they have been refraining from; you may not find, in the entire history of homosexuality, a couple that keeps themselves pure and virginal up until the moment their government deems them married. They aren’t insisting on their alignment with God; they are insisting that society ignore what marriage is and honor their sexual act as equivalent to the procreative act—just because they want the honor.

Society has been duped.

This has been the result of a media campaign. If truth were given even half as much media, beliefs wouldn’t have been manipulated.

The issue has been framed as about fairness and tolerance. There may have been times, a century ago, when people were prevented from making a living or getting housing because of their homosexual lifestyle. That mostly disappeared long ago. Long before judicial activism stepped in to “help.” But the media campaign has portrayed anyone who points out the obvious—that real marriage is best for children, families, and societies as a whole—as bigoted homophobes. Name calling. As well as some sticks and stones in the form of ostracism and business ruin intended to instill fear.

What we’ve seen on social media this past weekend is a lot of bandwagon jumping. People want to pat themselves on the back for not being bigoted, so they put a rainbow on their profile photo. They think they’re meaning, “I’m open-minded; I’m a good person. Because I don't hate gays.”

But they’re actually falling into the trap of another meaning: “I don’t want to be seen as something the loud media calls bad, so I’m labeling myself the way the media wants. And I think we media-go-alongers know better than God. Those people who don’t go along with us will be labeled negatively and will be persecuted, as they should be, for not giving in with us.”

If you’re a go-alonger, you seem to have fallen for some things that are not true. Such as, homosexuality is a genetic reality; a person is made homosexual and cannot change or even refrain—and shouldn’t.

Let’s look at what this means to a Christian, since actual Christian believers are to be the target of the persecution. You go-alongers are saying that, while God requires obedience to His commandments for all heterosexuals, He made homosexuals exempt to His law, because no homosexual should be expected to refrain from sexual acts God’s law forbids. You are saying God must have made a mistake—because science (not real science, but pseudo-science) says homosexuality is natural, and inborn, and unchangeable—and that means they have no free will to control their behavior.

You are saying, either God has to change His law, or else He is unfairly excluding an entire group of people who haven’t done anything to keep themselves out of heaven except that sexual sin thing that you think shouldn’t apply to them. So God is just a big unfair meanie. According to you. Because you know better than God.

Can a real Christian be wrong on such an issue? Yes, we can all be wrong on a lot of things. But God is not wrong. So if you’re out of harmony with God, it is up to you to correct yourself. Christians who are in harmony with God on family and marriage will not persecute you; we will use persuasion, example, and patience. That’s what Christians do. That is what tolerance looks like. Not giving in, not celebrating sin. But with love trying to persuade all people to come unto God.

Tolerance does not look anything like coercing Christians to use their talents and abilities to celebrate what God has clearly declared to be a sin. So if you’re one of those who says, “Just go ahead and bake the cake already, you troglodyte bigot,” you’re on track to support tyranny. We’ve seen it before. Everywhere there has been tyranny.

Taking the side of tyranny for temporary safety from persecution might seem like a good idea to you now, but you will answer for it before God.

I call you to repentance, with gentle invitation, but firmly. I’ve taken a stand. And experience tells me I’m better off siding with God than with Obama, or Justice Kennedy, or even friends who put pro-homosexual flags on their profile photos.

PS: Son Political Sphere reminded me of an additional point. Justice Scalia has pointed out that every time Kennedy writes that something is safe, the next ruling he writes endangers that very thing. This time his opinion assured us that our First Amendment guaranteed freedom of religion is safe. That means the next thing you can expect from Justice Kennedy will be his explanation of why we do not have that right. We'll be watching.

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