“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” — Thomas Jefferson
Let’s see, various mayors in America, the President, his entire administration, the Democrat Party, along with most people in the universities, in media, in government, and in entertainment, all tell me I MUST endorse same-sex marriage, or else.
They tell me if I don’t agree with them– that same-sex marriage and the entire homosexual lifestyle are altogether acceptable, even beneficial—-then I am a bigot, a hater, a homophobe. As such I deserve punishment they say. I must be sanctioned. They suggest re-education, penalties, and other forms of behavior modification. People like me –traditionalists with no axe to grind — begin wondering when the pro-homosexual forces will break out the big hammers, such as jail time, or worse, for hate crimes convictions.
Unlike this gaggle of Goebbels, I don’t decide moral issues according to my own understanding or the dictates of popular opinion. My feelings are a lousy moral compass. The “wisdom” of man has brought us war and genocide and misery ever since Adam took the bite.
No. Moral relativism is really no morality at all, is it?
Therefore, as with all useful navigation, I need a North Star to guide me, that is, if I’m intelligent enough to understand my need, and humble enough to look to that North Star.
My loving heavenly Father says “yes” to some things, “no” to others, and “not now” on other occasions. He tells me these things in his Word, and by direct communication which never contradicts his Word. When it comes to homosexual behavior He has always said “no”. There is good reason. It involves the law of love.
Loving us, as He does, He wants what is best for us. If we say we love others, then we must also want what is best for them. Regardless of one’s urges or attractions, can anyone objectively claim homosexuality is good, or healthy or worthy of recommendation? Is it best for those who claim a genetic predisposition?
Consider the verdict from research studies examining the consequences of homosexual behavior.
• Reduced lifespan
• Higher probability of suicide
• Higher rates of mental illness
• Heightened domestic violence
• Obsessive compulsive disorders
• Higher cancer risk factors
• Higher rates of sexually transmitted disease
• AIDS (There is a reason homosexual men are still barred from giving blood.)
• Rampant promiscuity destroying lives and putting others at risk
So, if love involves seeking the highest good of the object of one’s affection, how on earth can one endorse homosexuality, knowing full well the lifestyle is utterly destructive and unhealthy, for everyone?
It is not an act of love to promote homosexuality, or even passively accept it. Promoting it or keeping quiet is an act of incredible cruelty driven by ignorance, or cowardice, or both.
Yet today in America, this President and his followers, insist we join them in this mad march to destruction even if it means systemic violation of conscience, and the obliteration of true liberty, tolerance and love. Worse than all this, is the silence among Christians, and even more grievous, so-called pastors, who actually promote the madness, encouraging the misguided and deceived in the ways of self-destruction.
Allan Erickson is the author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012
Image Courtesy of Andrew Ciscel from Minneapolis / Chicago / Knoxville, USA