This is a still from the end scene of the first Terminator movie. Sarah Conner has just been told that machines will rise to prominence and begin subjugating and killing all humans. As she drives toward the mountains of Mexico where she must hide for safety, a storm rolls in - a fitting allegory for her future.
I've thought of this scene frequently over the last decade as I've watched America become burdened by massive debt, witnessed the rights of her citizens usurped by government bureaucracy and observed the will of the people subverted by the courts. In fact, I've mulled over it enough to believe I must know how Sarah Conner felt at that moment; utterly alone in the world, knowing something burdensome others don't which will result in a massive change to the world as humans have known it.
SCOTUS' ruling on same sex marriage has, again, channeled my inner Sarah Conner.
Before I had read and studied the highest law of the land and its creators, and joined a church where I was schooled in the Biblical underpinnings of this country and its laws, I will admit to having no appreciation of how far away from the Founder's intent this nation has come. Like the majority of Americans today, I thought the country was to run the way I envisioned in my head; I had no knowledge of its template or recipe for governance. Because of this, I believed my government followed the concept of simple majority rule - all citizens voted to elect the kind of legislators necessary to create the laws necessary to allow citizens to do essentially as they liked.
Today's public schools not only provide less information about the moral underpinnings of the greatest, most democratically free country established in 5000 years of human society, they provide more information that test these foundations than any student should have to encounter in a state sponsored learning facility.
Whereas students aren't often taught that our state and central governments were established for no other reason than to protect the rights of each individual, they are taught that groups of people have been bullied, subjugated through slavery, or otherwise mistreated throughout our country's history creating a need for protected classes of people with separate rights. Whereas students aren't taught the God of the Bible who prescribed natural law and bestowed upon each individual their human rights, they are taught that the god of government grants rights instead. Almost never are students taught that if their rights come from government - unlike their Creator - government can also take them away.
Additionally, many churches have given up preaching a Biblically-based message of Hell and Heaven, redemption and sin, in favor of a softer, more 'seeker' friendly message designed to make people feel good about themselves and their carnal choices while keeping their bottoms in the pews and the tithes rolling in. Consequently, even Christians today very often don't know what God's word says about topics of importance, such as homosexuality and abortion, well enough to defend them in the vast, impersonal, electronic wasteland that now constitutes our public square.
Since the installment of our 44th President, we have seen our country move from a position of Constitutionally-supported, individual, God-given rights, to government-granted, group rights, yet it appears as though few are even aware of this cataclysmic shift.
Recently, my husband gave me a short course in a philosophy called, "Chesterton's Fence". It is found in G.K. Chesterton's book, "The Thing" in the chapter entitled, "The Drift From Domesticity". Here is the paragraph of substance:
In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it."Chesterton understood the short sided nature of man and the inevitable denigration of our society into illiterate people who 'feel' their way through the world, highly influenced by peers and media, wanting every day only to feel good about themselves and be happy, devoting little time to the study of natural and Biblical law; refusing to acknowledge historical practices (ie; fences), let alone contemplate the reason for their placement because the process would simply take too much energy and time.
Traditional marriage was a fence. A Biblically-based, long-standing fence.
Unfortunately, the whir of the computer processor and incessant Smartphone Facebook alerts take precedence over quiet contemplation today, so few Americans will understand the ramifications of the Supreme Court's decision to override the sovereignty of state citizens in favor of elevating same-sex marriage to protected status, so I'll list several:
- Americans have historically been assured of their individual rights - their 'equality' - under the Constitution, but beyond that, this notion was first built into us by our Creator. We have rights because God bestowed them upon us when we were conceived. Only governments separate, and divide, and this process is only undertaken to conquer - to subjugate - to obtain power over others. We have but to look at every Communist/Marxist country/ruler across thousands of years. This ruling was not only procedurally, Constitutionally wrong, it was unnecessary as well, as we all have individual rights simply by benefit of living in human form.
Homosexual activists will use this ruling to stifle religious liberty in every state in America as they are able. The test cases have already been performed. Look at the number of lawsuits already brought against Christian flower shops, bakeries, wedding venues and photographers who would not perform weddings for homosexuals. Next up are churches. It's not a far stretch of the imagination to believe that gays will begin to find churches where pastors refuse to perform homosexual weddings and sue for infringement of their 'right' to marry. How will this look in the end? Pastors going to jail? Parishioners going to jail because they stand for their pastors? This, is by far, the most concerning of all the ramifications - loss of Constitutionally protected concept of free speech.
Simply imposing a name on something doesn't change its matter. Sure, you can call a shoe a hat, but the shoe will still be a shoe. There is no magic in nomenclature. Calling a legal union between two gay or lesbian individuals marriage, does not a marriage make. The word 'marriage' is a Biblical word - a Biblical commandment all the way back to Genesis 2:
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman', for she was taken out of man." 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become one flesh.
Now, you can say you don't believe in the Bible - you can tell me you could care less about God - in fact, you can tell me there isn't a religion in the world that amounts to one hill of beans in your view. Fine. I'll accept that, however, considering the fact that we use 2015 to mark this year indicates to me that Jesus' birth was a pretty huge event. Consequently, I'm going to stick with the Bible - if for no other reason - than its historically significant precedent alone.
Truly, these are but a few of the societal ramifications resulting from the removal of the traditional marriage fence, but there are more. I found a few articles with a number of links that you might want to explore as time permits. Please, don't be fooled about the foundational concerns regarding this issue - especially if you're a Christian. Gay marriage is neither about 'love' (I've now heard the phrase, "love wins" enough to ruin the word 'love' for me) nor marriage. Never more so than now, Christians can best show our support for gay and lesbian individuals by actively praying and assisting them toward a fulfilling and loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
As an education activist for years, I have offhandedly studied secular sex education curricula. They are varied and awful, by and large, and all I have read sneer pointedly at the idea of human beings as in control of their own reproductive urges. After all, we're all just slightly less hairy than our wild ape progenitors, right? We should just expect our kids to want to have sex and therefore put them on the 'pill' or direct them in the right way to install a condom in order to protect them from unwanted pregnancy and disease. Of course this is nonsense, but it's secular and that is the playground of the public school. Now, not only will our children be subjected to this utter nonsense, they will be told that - thanks to Caitlyn Jenner and others - anyone can be any sex they like and not only that, but any sex can legally marry any sex they'd like. Yes, the bastion of the family has now finally been reduced to little but a happy free-for-all of progressive ideals meant to broaden the horizons of every child in order to insure they never have to feel badly about their life choices.
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