September 21, 2007

Sometimes Our Moral Convictions Don't Pass the "Straight Face" Test

Today as I write, the Maryland Court of Appeals actually ruled in favor of marriage. That's right, marriage as we understand it, the union between one man and one woman--go figure.

What is encouraging is also greatly challenging. The fundamental foundation upon which the court's ruling is grounded is problematic for a moral people who fail to deliver in action what we profess by word of mouth. I'll explain.

The court said--"In light of the fundamental nature of procreation, and the importance placed on it by the Supreme Court, safeguarding an environment most conducive to the stable propagation and continuance of the human race is a legitimate government interest." (Maryland Court of Appeals, Frank Conaway, et al. v. Gitanjali Deane, et al.)

More simply put, the best arena for children to be brought into the world and raised best is in the traditional two parent, male and female family. Christians certainly agree with that--in theory; the problem is showing that we believe that by our actions.

What is the divorce rate currently? How many people are cohabiting and/or go from one partner to the next leaving a wake strewn with the flotsam and jetsam of emotionally battered children? These children, permanently damaged by the profound self- centeredness of their parents, usually seeking something called "happiness," toss them aside or try to convince them how much better their lives will be with mom and dad not fighting constantly. Nice try.

So, for starters, let's wipe out half of all marriages as "an environment most conducive to the stable propagation and continuance of the human raceā€¦"

Then wipe out the cohabitations along with the intact "marriages" where incest, sex abuse and physical battering is commonplace and wipe out the marriages where the children are raising themselves, and the numbers of those theoretical "environments most conducive to the stable propagation and continuance of the human race" are somewhat minuscule. It is a right argument but hardly a compelling argument by us hypocritical Christians for denying homosexual adoption. Trust me I cringe as I write this but truth is truth.

Bottom line? "We" meaning the so-called moral protectors of society need to put our behaviors where or mouths are. Plain and simple; we are losing ground in the battle for the soul of America and we wear a good chunk of the reason for the moral decline of our country. Sometimes the truth hurts.

4 Comments:

Blogger Matt Sargent said...

Good golly - no wonder you're feeling run down lately... this is enough to depress anyone!!! We, like Frodo Baggins, must not despair of our mission, even though we "know" it to be futile. For in giving up hope, we become arrogant, claiming to know beyond a shadow of a doubt what the outcome will be. Yes, the days ahead are grim, but their are yet souls to snatch from the gates of Hell. Though we are poured out like drink offerings, we must keep our perspective on the eternal - else we will begin to sink amongst the stormy waves.

8:44 PM  
Blogger PB said...

Huh?

6:48 PM  
Blogger Matt Sargent said...

OK - maybe I waxed a little too poetic... All I meant was that it's easy to get discouraged when we see those who are supposed to know better acting as bad or worse than the world. What is more frustrating than ministering to and associating with those whose walk does not match their talk?

8:16 PM  
Blogger PB said...

Ah! Thanks. :)

6:56 AM  

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