Much has been written today about “same-sex marriage,” the Supreme Court actively legislating from the bench, and the continued erosion of religious liberty in our country. The spin placed upon these topics will certainly depend upon which media outlet you are utilizing. My expectations for the secular media are relatively low and so I am not surprised by most of it. However, the disheartening moments are when I read statements from pastors representing a variety of denominations expressing their support of these initiatives to legislate and legitimize same-sex unions. In times like these it is evident that we are far from being one flock under one shepherd.
Disunity in the Church diminishes our credibility to speak effectively on issues of faith and morals. We are in serious trouble when leaders in the Church can't even agree on basic life issues such as (1) marriage is between a man and a woman, and (2) life begins at conception.
If we struggle to agree on these basic premises of life, we simply become another opinion out in the world rather than a prophetic voice of truth and reason.
Today has been a difficult day. It seems that the Supreme Court initiated a celebration of sexual promiscuity by their ruling. That is problematic for society on a number of levels, whether it is heterosexual or homosexual activity. Going hand-in-hand with sexual promiscuity we see the issues of contraception, abortion, and infanticide. Nancy Pelosi boldly stated that abortion is sacred ground. If our government leaders in the legislative, judicial, and executive branch view the horrendous act of abortion as sacred, we are facing a serious moral dilemma. When we fail to protect the weakest among us, it is easy to move into the realm of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. These stepping-stones have laid the groundwork for becoming a society which gives implicit, if not tacit, approval to any lifestyle of choice. Same-sex unions will not be the end of where this road leads us.
These are the questions in my mind.
*Do Christians have the moral foundation that is needed to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth?
*Have we formed our own consciences correctly?
*Do Christians have the passion, zeal, and energy to engage the world and ultimately shape it for the better?