The most frequently discussed topic in every coffee shop, church house, office complex, factory, sports complex, and elevator for the past week has been the Supreme Court’s decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, which essentially legalizes same-sex marriages in all fifty states.
When the high court made this landmark decision they essentially shattered the God-ordained definition of marriage like a madman would take a hammer and shatter Christie’s Ming Vase. More accurately, with reckless abandon they attempted to wrest a divine truth from the Word of God.
This decision has arguably taken some of the luster off of the July 4th celebration for millions of Americans. While we look forward to celebrating our independence as a nation there are many of us who sense that our independence is gradually slipping away.
Richard Ralston, writing for the Orange County Register, declares, “Independence Day is our most endangered holiday. We should celebrate it while we still can. The entire concept of independence – of autonomous citizens making their own choices in the pursuit of their own happiness – is under attack. The American war for independence was not over in the 18th century, it rages on today. At the moment, independence is not winning.”
It is apparent we are becoming more and more dependent upon our federal government. Our health care choices and outcomes now depend largely on what politicians decide or delegate to mindless, distant, and indifferent government agencies.
The federal government also wants us to depend on them for the education of our children and grandchildren. The Common Core educational standards will allow the federal government to dictate the curriculum and ideology that children will be taught in our public schools. Common Core is a dubious scheme to essentially nationalize education and shape the minds and souls of our children with a political bias that may not coincide with your philosophy of life.
It is apparent we are becoming more and more dependent upon our federal government.
Now, the Supreme Court has attempted to “overrule” God in regards to the definition of marriage. This is another government decision that will potentially infringe upon our freedoms.
In 1820 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to militia officer William Jarvis to express his concern over the possibility of the Supreme Court abusing their authority. Jefferson wrote: “You seem … to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy… Their power is the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control.”
What are the likely consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision? Already, Fredrik deBoer has written an article in Politico Magazine suggesting that it is time to legalize polygamy. He opines, “Welcome to the exciting new world of the slippery slope. With the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling … legalizing same sex marriage … social liberalism has achieved one of its central goals.
“Where does the next advance come? Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy.”
If marriage is no longer defined as one man and one woman, what is to stop people from wanting to make marrying one’s brother or sister legal?
Furthermore, some mental health experts are suggesting that there is nothing wrong with pedophilia as long as both parties give consent. Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal, recently commented, “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation.” In fact, there are psychologists pushing to decriminalize pedophilia in America.
Have we become so depraved that people in this nation will start challenging the laws to allow for consensual pedophilia even to the point of marriage? Is that where we are headed?
Mark Oppenheimer, writing for Time Magazine, states, “Now is the time to end tax exemptions for religious institutions. The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits.”
I personally believe that churches and Christian institutions will soon be facing the loss of tax-exempt status and donors will loose the privilege of deducting church and charitable giving on their income tax forms.
The progressive left (a questionable term, because we seem to be regressing rather than progressing) now plans to push the gay agenda on children. For example, Nintendo is now developing video games that are designed to normalize the gay lifestyle.
“Welcome to the exciting new world of the slippery slope.”
Fredrik deBoer, Politico Magazine
Alex Jones’ Infowars.com reported, “Indoctrinating children is key to the movement and this is why video game content is targeted.”
“Children, like soft wax, are very malleable,” Soviet propaganda during the Stalinist period declared. “We must rescue children from the harmful influence of the family…. We must nationalize them. From the earliest days of their little lives, they must find themselves under the beneficent influence of Communist schools.”
Jones concludes, “In much the same way the progressive individual believes children must be nationalized and rescued from reactionary Judeo-Christian ethics. In order to normalize what was previously considered aberrant behavior, the left is pushing the gay agenda into avenues of mass media, television, cinema, and video games.”
Obviously, this is all extremely depressing to most of us, but I must admit that I like the positive response Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary, has made to this Supreme Court decision. He has stated, “Sadness must be in the heart of every Christ-honoring, Bible-believing follower of the Lord over the moral implications of the ruling and its devastating effect on the social order.
“However, Romans 8:28 reminds us, ‘all things work together for good to those who love God ….’ Paul certainly was no Pollyanna seeing all that transpires as fabulous. But he did have a confident belief in the providence of God and knew that the Sovereign of the universe specialized in making good arise from evil.
“The key here is to love God. If one holds the most profound affections for God, he need never be found among the anguished hand-ringers. Our Lord has not abdicated His throne in favor of the Supreme Court.
“Historically, God spoke to Israel through the Syrians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Egyptians. He did this when His own prophets became largely indistinguishable from the society to whom they were sent. While I deplore the Supreme Court ruling in most ways, I cannot but wonder if Pharaoh ‘being dead yet speaks.’ If God is speaking to us through Pharaoh, God grant that the church will hear. And Dear Lord, would you one more time open the waters of the Red Sea and save your people?”