This is the thirdÂ part in my series addressing several of the issues raised byÂ President Obama in hisÂ recent State of the Union Address.
There was some buzz about the fact that this State of the Union address was the first to include the word â€œtransgenderâ€.Â A word on this issue. Homosexuality is a sin, not a crime. As such, it needs to be treated that way; as a Christian, I do not propose the criminalization of homosexuality. However, it must be understood by our magistrates that though they ought not to criminalize these aberrant forms of sexuality, neither should they sanction and bless them.
The legalization of homosexual â€œmirageâ€ is the big push right now amongst all the cool kids. Those who identify as GQBLT ought to be treated equally, and fairly as humans with inalienable rights. Nevertheless, their push is not for mere equality promised by the constitution, it is a push for all of us to applaud and approve their sin, and to toss around marriage certificates like they were so much confetti. The rights promised by the constitution are not absolute rights. Meaning, I have free speech but cannot use my free speech to shout â€œfireâ€ in a crowded place! Further, though I am free to think I am the offspring of a kangaroo and a walrus, and I am free to live out my life according to this idea; jumping around one moment, and then blubbering around trying to joust people with my incisors the next. My imagined definition of what I am, doesnâ€™t change the fact of what I am, nor should the rest of society accommodate me on the basis of what I think I am. In the same way, our society is increasingly confused about what marriage is! Because of this, our governing officials (the President included) are trying to garner votes and approval ratings by â€œevolving their understandingâ€ of marriage.
Marriage is the foundation stone of every human society; because only in through heterosexual marriage is the human race propagated. A government that cannot recognize when life begins (i.e. at conception), and a government that doesnâ€™t know where life comes from (i.e. sex between a man and a woman), is a government who shouldnâ€™t be lent a whole lot of trust or credibility. Neither the President, Congress or Courts are given the privilege or authority of defining the world, they are given authority to take care of it according to and in submission to God and His Word. Marriage is not open to interpretation, just like water is not open to a different molecular structure. H2O and H2O2 arenâ€™t the same thing; no matter how much hydrogen peroxide wants to be water.
The issue of so called â€œmarriage equalityâ€ is not an issue about fair treatment, it is an issue of whether our country will obey the laws of nature and of natureâ€™s God. The GQBLT crowd should not be treated as inferior when applying for college, voting at the polls, at a job interview, or in the grocery store. As far as that goes, I say they should receive the same treatment as the next guy, er, individual who self-identifies as a male. They are free to enter into any sort of relationship they please, make any promise they please. But at the end of the day, marriage will ever, only be between one man and one woman because that is what marriage is.
Redefining marriage is like redefining the second law of thermodynamics; you could try to change the terminology, but it doesnâ€™t change what the thing is! In the same way, we could â€œredefineâ€ marriage to be between any two consenting, unrelated adultsâ€¦but then we enter a whole other debate of what constitutes consent, adults, why just two, why just humans, why not a mother and daughter?
A further issue is that this sector of Americans, which constitutes only 2-5% of our population, are not only demanding the so-called â€œrightâ€ to marry, but are asking the rest of the population to clap in approval despite their beliefs and opinions. This tolerance thing really is a one way street.
Finally, since the buzz-word in the Presidentâ€™s speech was â€œtransgenderâ€, it got me curious and I found some studies that show that 75% of those that undergo sex reassignment surgery were male at birth. That means that for every female-to-male sex reassignment surgery there were 3-4 male-to-female surgeries. I would assert that this disproportion is largely a result of our societyâ€™s objectification of women. We become like what we worship and in this case it is quite literal. I donâ€™t know many women who would be hyped up about more chest hair; but I do know men who are so fixated with breasts that they wouldnâ€™t mind a pair themselves.
These men are willing to mutilate and rework their whole anatomy, in order to become a sad shadow of a woman. The suicide rate amongst those who undergo these sex reassignment surgeries are staggering. Some studies show that up to 40% of them admit to having attempted suicide. This is a much higher rate than the general population.
These United States extend liberty and justice to all, including the GQBLT crowd. Yet, marriage is not decided by popular opinion, and although they have successfully swayed the public, this does not mean their position right and that their demands must be appeased. Instead, we must recognize that the pursuit of happiness is not a ticket to licentiousness and unrestrained hedonism; rather, true happiness can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our fellow citizens, in the GQBLT crowd, ought to receive our compassion not our hopeful applause that if we clap loud enough they’ll let us into their tolerance club; and we should have the courage to explain to them why they are misguided in their pursuit happiness outside of Godâ€™s created order.
Read Part One here!
Read Part Two here!
Read Part Four here!
Read Part Five here!
Read Part Six here!
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