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Our Proverbs 29:2B Society: Not Just Politics As Usual

For today, some observations concerning the recent news, the U.S. Supreme Court rulings concerning laws about homosexual marriage. First, a few good articles for reference:  Al Mohler’s commentary and two posts from The Cripplegate (Jesse Johnson):  this first one  and this follow up.

A nominal Christian friend, generally indifferent about spiritual things, casually dismissed the recent news as basically “politics as usual.” Among the comments were platitudes about how we’re all corrupt and so even if we get rid of one bunch of politicians and form our own government, soon enough that government would become just as corrupt because people are corrupt and “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Also, “remember that this world is not our home” (suggesting complete indifference to the overall moral breakdown of our society in recent decades).  As to the Supreme Court’s striking down the DOMA law passed by both House and Senate in 1996, he added that “oh well, the current Congress can just do it again, just pass another law for the same issue,” and keep doing so every few years.

Aside from the obvious fact that the current divided Congress would not be able to pass such a law anyway, the specifics in this case make the situation far worse than this person realizes: Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, made a moral decision, finding the law unconstitutional precisely because it denied “the equal dignity” of same-sex marriage.  As Mohler well described it: he (Kennedy) asserted, quite forcefully, that opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in animus or hatred. In other words, Justice Kennedy, joined by four other justices, believes that opposition to same-sex marriage is wrong. In condemning a moral judgment, he arrogantly made a moral judgment.

Yes, politics and politicians have always been with us, and it is true in overall human government that “there is nothing new under the sun.” I once read commentary from C.H. Spurgeon that was very cynical of the government in his day. However, most societies throughout the centuries (thankfully, due to God’s common grace) are not experiencing Romans 1 wrath, such that those in leadership fail to uphold the law, call evil good and good evil, and reject the “concept that governments exist to check sin, rather than to promote it.”

John MacArthur has also pointed out the difference between normal politics and when government leaders step into the area of theology. From this 2009 phone interview (in reference to Obama’s pro-homosexual marriage comments to a group):

He has left the area of politics, and he’s entered the realm of theology. In other words, he is now attacking scripture. That’s not politics. That’s not Republican and Democratic politics. That’s not economic policy. That’s not, you know, what kind of health care we’re going to have. Now you have decided that you’re going to be the sovereign over morality, and when you decide you’re going to be the sovereign over morality, you’ve just set the Bible aside, you’ve set God aside. That’s a scary posture to take, because you now are the new god with the new sovereignty who will tell us what the new morality is.

  1. Robyn Wallis
    June 28, 2013 at 11:54 am

    The most detrimental affect in my opinion of the Supreme Court and government stepping into the moral arena is that they are now going to demand that we live by their “morality” and any speech that is contrary to affirming homosexuality and gay marriage will be considered “hate speech”, no matter what the context.

    I say detrimental, but of course in the big scheme this will prove to further the Kingdom and like you have said before, it will clear out a lot of chaff. After all, what nominal christian is going to put them selves in a situation to deal with the consequences of standing up for Christ by warning a homosexual of the Judgement to come?

  2. June 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Agree, Robyn. I’m realizing that direct persecution may come even sooner than we think, now that the Supreme Court has left it open for the next lawsuit to come along and say that all states have to accept and allow homosexual “marriage” couples. It probably won’t be very long before that lawsuit comes along.

    Yes, the nominal Christian, like Lot, wants to fit in with the world and not create any waves, just go along with the flow of life, be nice and show Christian moral virtue to everyone, but not get “extreme” like those “radical” Christians … people who definitely don’t have the “martyr gift.”

  3. Truth2Freedom
    June 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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  4. Pauline
    June 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    As a Biblical Christian , I sit with my mouth open just gob smacked at how the world has embraced such wickedness in such a short time. This is no coincidence , but prophetic fulfilment and a sure sign that Our Lord Jesus Christ is preparing to come and deliver His saints from this darkness . It will sort out the wheat from the tares .

    • June 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Yes, indeed… this link (from Jesse Johnson) explains how the system was abused (secular perspective) — very disturbing, how much of this happened just in the last few years, through and involving Obama’s administration. And yes, not a coincidence but from the Lord, hastening His purposes through the rule of the wicked in our society.

  5. Neil Schoch
    June 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Here in Australia we had a seemingly committed Christian; regular Church goer; a member of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship group, as Prime Minister.
    He was knifed in the back by an atheist and Julia Gillard lived in the Prime Ministers Lodge as Prime Minister with her non married partner.
    Now Kevin Rudd has again taken over as Prime Minister, having recently announced his support for so called “gay marriage,” which the atheistic Gillard refused to support.

    What hope is there when a supposed Christian goes directly against the clear teaching of Gods Word, something even the atheist, for whatever reason, would not do.
    “—As it was also in the days of Lot — but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom (gay marriage and all that entails) it rained fire and brimstone from Heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:28-30.
    We can rejoice and pray, “even so, come Lord Jesus,” which will be a glorious day for all believers, but let us be very diligent in the meantime to share the message of the Gospel to all who will listen.

    • June 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks for sharing that, Neil. Yes, these are difficult times in which we experience all kinds of wickedness even among so-called Christians and such opposition to the Christian worldview.

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