Diary

What Have We Done?

Most everyone I know is either in complete meltdown or euphoria over the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage. I characterize myself as a very conservative Christian. However, I have social ties and connections with many diverse groups of people that share some or most of my belief structure. I have friends who are gay that politely ignore my staunchly conservative opinions and I don’t make waves (my wife would tell you otherwise) in their world.

The front page contributors on this fantastic site are either very experienced, very learned, or a combination to varying degrees, both. But I have a question for both the self-expressed conservative Christian: Does this surprise you? The very essence of our faith is “going against the grain.” We are called to be light in a dark world. Not shine a light in those few places that are dark. This is a fallen world and our SCOTUS just reminded us of that. My only worry is this: ten years from now, this very post might be under subpoena through some hate speech law and I might be brought before some state or county tribunal to explain myself and offer reason why I shouldn’t have access to my grandchildren (assuming I will be blessed with some) cut off because of my ideology.  Think it won’t happen? Consider this: 30 years ago, a man wearing earrings was considered aberrant behavior.

But for those Christians that are so vocally outraged: Where is your outrage at adultery? Where is your voice regarding human trafficking? In reality we have much bigger problems to address than this one.

And to those who are cheering this SCOTUS decision, do you realize what we just did?  I find it amusing when I read a SCOTUS justice’s opinion and wonder if they had a high-schooler compose the worthless prose. Justice Kennedy wrote:

“The ancient origins of marriage confirm its centrality, but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society. The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution—even as confined to opposite-sex relations—has evolved over time.”  As the younger generation would say, Wait…What? Wow. Isn’t this what our parent’s once called situational ethics?   Now, the highest court in the land says that there is no unchanging definition of right and wrong. So let me understand, because the world around us has changed, the definition of what we hold to be right or wrong must change?  So now what? We have codified sin.  If you continue down the logic trail that the SCOTUS has now paved the first few miles of…anything goes. If you prevent polygamy, you are depriving me of my 14th amendment rights. If you deprive me of anything that you cannot prove to be against the common good of society (remember you just shot down every argument about the degradation of the family unit) then you are depriving me of my 14th amendment rights.

In closing I offer Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” I wonder what government “we” think we just put on the shoulders of Jesus?