OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)–Of all the social issues pressed to the forefront of the cultural debate, none is more critical than the sanctity of marriage.
For centuries, there was no question about the legitimacy of the biblical model of marriage. Then in the 1960s, a cultural rebellion against order and virtue attacked the foundations of America’s beliefs and institutions. Yet, in spite of a pervasive “free love” movement spread by hippies and flower children during this upheaval, the institution of marriage remained largely intact, injured, but not fatally — until now.
You would have thought that as the nation recovered from its hedonistic “trip” of the last few decades that the sexual revolution would have been marginalized to pose no real threat. But, the same sexual perversion and foul philosophies loom to unravel the very fabric of our society today.
Social constructivist jurists and activist public officials are attempting to legitimize homosexual behavior by forcing acceptance of same-sex “marriage” through manipulation of the state. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said, “If a handful of activist judges have their way, same-sex ‘marriage’ will become the law of the land in the very near future. The sequence of events that has led to the promotion of this misguided and dangerous social experiment is not happenstance; it is the result of a carefully planned, long-term strategy by homosexual activists. And it will be forced upon us unless the citizens of the U.S. stand up and say no.”
Ignoring an overwhelming, albeit last-minute, public outcry, the U.S. Senate voted 48-50 not to invoke cloture, which would have limited debate and allowed a vote on SJR-40. So, the Federal Marriage Amendment is dead, for the moment.
What do convictional Christians do now?
The ruling by the Massachusetts court was only the start. The nose of the camel is under the tent and the rest of it is sure to follow unless we act.
We must be more zealous than homosexual activists in explaining to congressional leaders that a stall via Senate rules or a vote against the FMA is a breach of their charge to represent the will of the people — Americans oppose gay “marriage” by a margin of 2 to 1. We need to vote with conviction, removing those senators who oppose the FMA, and reelecting those who support it.
We will face opposition.
The spinmeisters of the moral left will go to any extreme to contravene the will of the majority. One commentator from a Washington, D.C., homosexual advocacy organization said those who support one-man and one-woman marriage are “a very small minority attempting to force their will on the American people.” Her statement is simply false. A recent CBS News poll showed that 60 percent of Americans support a marriage amendment, while a Wirthlin Worldwide poll had support at 67 percent.
But, the bottom line on this issue is that the Bible is Truth — marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life — and we who love the Lord must actively oppose gay “marriage” because it so blatantly contradicts the Word of God.
John Yeats is editor of the Baptist Messenger, newsjournal of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.