Thursday, May 10, 2012

Homosexuality and the Evolution of Progress

The web is abuzz with responses to President Obama's statement regarding his position on homosexuality. Although in are day it is never far from discussion, it seems that in a number of ways and in a number of venues the topic has recently risen to the attention of many. With that in mine, I am reposting an short essay that was written by a pastor friend of mine named Davis Duggins. Pastor Davis is the Pastor at the Berean Bible Fellowship Church in Stroudsburg Pa. He posted this earlier today on facebook and I think it deserves a wider audience. I post it here with his permission.

I commend to you this essay by Pastor Davis.

The President’s statement on same-sex marriage stirred quite a bit of discussion this week. In many ways, his “evolution” mirrors the changing views of society.

In 1996, I was part of a smaller debate in Oak Park, IL. Municipal officials in that Chicago suburb were discussing a registry for same-sex domestic partners. Our community was one of the first in the nation to consider such a “progressive” step.

At a local hearing, I spoke out against the plan. I said such a registry would represent a major shift for government – no longer tolerance of homosexuality but endorsement. My comments were quoted briefly in the Chicago Tribune and on the local TV news. I suppose I was the token conservative included for balance.

A lot has changed in 16 years. Today the debate is not just same-sex registries or even civil unions. Today we are discussing marriage itself. 

The proponents of same-sex marriage say it’s a matter of equality and civil rights. Some even claim it’s a matter of moral necessity. They say the rest of us shouldn’t worry. Homosexual marriage is no threat whatsoever to heterosexual marriage. Besides, they point out, we heterosexuals don’t have the best track record for marriage ourselves. Who are we to tell other couples they shouldn’t be married? 

I’m not convinced. The radical changes of the past 16 years seem incredibly reckless to me. Are we so sure of ourselves, so confident in our moral superiority, so contemptuous of the past, that we are ready to experiment with this most basic of human relationships?

I’m not convinced that all sexual activity is equally beneficial.

I’m not convinced that all family structures are equally nurturing to children.

I’m not convinced that Biblical moral standards are no longer relevant.

I’m not convinced that the government has the right to expand the boundaries of marriage.

Some things are strengthened when boundaries expand. For instance, music often thrives when artists combine various styles and instruments. Other things, however, are weakened by expanding boundaries. If my concept of color blends green and red, you will say I am color-blind. I have lost something beautiful because I cannot see the distinction.

What makes us so sure that we won’t lose something by expanding the boundaries of marriage? No past society has pushed the boundaries this far. What if those old-fashioned boundaries are actually beneficial? What if they preserve something beautiful? Are we ready to risk that?

If marriage is nothing more than a contract between two people who love each other, then maybe same-sex marriage makes sense. But marriage aims higher than that. It’s something better and more beautiful. Marriage is supposed to be the union of two opposites, a partnership that combines the unique strengths of both genders. It creates a synergy that no other relationship can match. 

As a Christian, I see marriage as part of God’s creation pattern (Genesis 2:21-25). It was God who made us male and female. It was God who designed the synergy of marriage. It was God who instituted the rules governing sexual relationships. He gave us those rules for our good, to protect the beauty of marriage. Societies flourish when they honor marriage and define it by the Creator’s standards.

So no, Mr. President, I do not think your evolution on this issue is a sign of progress. I think it lowers our view of marriage and therefore weakens society.

Proponents of same-sex marriage claim that it poses no risk to the rest of us. What they fail to understand (or purposely ignore) is how much social norms affect individuals. If our society accepts homosexual marriage as the moral equivalent of heterosexual marriage, it will change the way individuals think about sexuality, relationships, the role of government, and even our Creator. Those changes will hurt us all.

by Rev. Davis Duggins.
reposted at Christians in Context

1 comment:

ZAROVE said...

Progress, Equality, these words have taken on a very cynical meaning to me.

I am a Conservative. By which, I mean that I am a Classical, Archeo-Conservative, not one of the silly Neo-Cons running about joining the TEA Party and talking about America’s Founders whilst calling the Liberals Neo-Monarchists. As I said on the Dark Ages thread, I am a Monarchist. I am not simply a Traditional Society Monarchist either, I’m an Ideological one.

Why say all this here? Because, the thing that ultimately leads to what we see around us, from the extreme loss of Property Rights, to the Higher Taxation, to Same Sex Marriage, all have the same ultimate root, the Philosophy that rests at the Foundation of Civilisation in the West ( and now Globally) since the Enlightenment, that all men (Or people to be modern) are Created Equal.

Equality is like Democracy these days, something we demands on Principle. It’s like listening to the idiots back in Westminster talk about the urgent need to reform the House of Lords, because it lacks Democratic Legitimacy, as if being unelected makes you unfit to Rule and somehow an affront. But the Lords works better than the Commons, and worked better before Blair’s Vandalism. Contrary to our Myth, the House of Commons did not safeguard our Liberty, the House of Lords did, and more times than not the Hous of Lords has stood in the way of increased loss of Freedom. To get rid of it and make an Elected Senate will lead to Britain being far worse off, and no amount of “It’s more Democratic” talk will make us more Free.

But no oen seems to listen. The same is True of Equality. It’s taken as a self evident good these days, some unquestionable Dogma that we must have a Society of Equals. Then we just Frame all issues in terms of Equality. And since our Democratic Society favours our passions over our Reason, and endorses the idea that Man, not God is in charge ( And I don’t care what Beck or the TEA Party pretend) , then that’s what we see increasing. We are constantly told that we should be allowed to do whatever we want, and that all things are the same. It’s the Equivocist Fallacy.

Why shouldn’t two men who love each other get married? They want to, and so they should be allowed to. If they are equal then they should have Equal Rights to marry.

It’s all just so much nonsense and people only focus on what they want, not the actual arguments, and its all about personal self gratification.

That’s also the reason for increased Divorce Rates and increased social problems.

And why I think a Monarchy is better. No not all Kings are good, but at least we don’t have people thinking their passion dictate what should be right and wrong in the Law.

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