July 24, 2011
I don’t know anybody on the “right” or “left” of the political isle who doesn’t believe that we’re in financial mess as a nation, and while we argue over the solution, some people saw it coming many years ago. Oh, the validity of the old adage, then, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This same old truism will again emerge in years to come, or in eternity, when in more perfect hindsight we trace the roots to an entire new set of problems to the banishment of the transcendent moral base upon which generations before us depended. This prudence from the past speaks volumes about ideas and their consequences.
This truism will emerge again, when, eventually, people look back and see the overwhelming momentum of a movement that has everything Christian in its sights, a momentum that only accelerated with New York’s vote to legalize gay marriage. This battle, as I’ve noted in the past, isn't about gay marriage as such, but about discarding a certain kind of thinking. It is an all-out war against either the existence or relevance of a sovereign, holy, and personal God in all moral and legal discussions in the public sector. It is another well engineered attempt to kick the righteous judge of the universe out of the legislative chamber.
The movement is a philosophical statement, according to the late Francis Schaeffer, that ignores the existence of moral absolutes and intends to obliterate “the distinction between man and woman. So male and female as complementary partners are finished.” With this movement, continued Schaeffer, “all antithesis and all the order of God’s creation is to be fought against…” (The God Who Is There, 37).
New York’s vote, then, like that of the other five states having legalized gay marriage, was a vote against not only the worldview from which our sense of right and wrong, justice and injustice, emerged in this country, but the very God in and from whom the worldview was formed in the first place. This, I might add, makes it a spiritual issue and reveals the deep and natural spiritual contempt that men have for the very God who created us.
This bold fight for gay marriage, has also been touted as a fight for “civil rights,” but as has been noted in a past column, the actual Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr. at its helm was contingent upon the very transcendent reality that proponents of gay marriage abhor. According to King, his efforts emerged from a biblical interpretation of reality, an interpretation that included a transcendent, absolute, and personal God, the God of the Bible in fact, and so much a part of his thinking was this worldview that his classification of “just” and “unjust” laws was determined by the recognition and adherence to those said realities. “Unjust” law, said King, was a mere human concoction, while “Just” law reflects the objective and transcendent law of the Judeo-Christian God. “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a man-made code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” Any rejection of the traditional marriage paradigm, frankly, is an ipso facto rejection of those same transcendent Judeo-Christian realities upon which King’s efforts emerged and marched.
No, gay marriage isn't as much about civil rights as we have been led to think. It is, instead, a bold statement about ultimate reality, a theological and philosophical statement, in fact, that denies the creator of the material world and all things therein – including marriage.