Making PC Law

May 15, 2009

As a pastor, I have long been concerned about the decline of the moral and ethical values of our nation. Throughout history it can be readily shown that the foundation of any healthy society is the basic family unit. Today the definition of “family” is very much up for grabs. I think that Miss California got it right when she said that she thought that marriage was between a man and a woman. For expressing her politically incorrect opinion, she was subjected to scorn and ridicule. It is hard to avoid the fact that her expression of personal conviction kept her from winning the title of Miss USA. I have a difficult time understanding how Miss USA can be judged so harshly for her opinion just because a minority of people disagree with her. Many have complained that her title of Miss California should be taken from her because she does not express the opinion of the majority of Californians. If I am remembering correctly, it was the state of California that recently adopted Proposition 8 which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman and prohibited same-sex marriage. It would seem to me that she is representing the majority of people in California.

In other news, the act, H.R. 1913, would establish a new FEDERAL offense for so-called “hate crimes” and add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes. It appears that our government is well on its way to giving those who choose to live the homosexual lifestyle special recognition. I am wondering where the science is that backs up the idea that sexual preference is not a choice. The following quote is from the American Psychological Association web site.

What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?

There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.

Apparently the scientific world cannot sustain the idea of the “gay gene” and say that since a person does not have the ability to choose his sexual orientation, he/she should be given special treatment. Under this new law the exact definition of “sexual orientation” was not nailed down. This means that an incredible number of very disturbing activities legitimately fall under protected status. What is more, my job as a pastor is very much under attack. It is very obvious to the average reader what the bible says about marriage and homosexuality. Yet, if this new law were to be enforced, I could be arrested for preaching and teaching what the Bible says.

the following information is from the Family Research Council

In a hearing on this legislation last Congress, Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) admitted that under the legislation pastors could be arrested for hate crimes based on what they teach and preach, which is certainly a violation of free speech and an example of unfair treatment under the law.

It is hard to believe that we are making laws in our country that would cater to political correctness. In a society that glorifies the scientific, the government ignores the gaping lack of scientific evidence for what they are trying to accomplish.

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Entry for May 11, 2009

May 11, 2009

Resisting the Future

I had the privilege of giving the baccalaureate address to the graduates of East Beauregard High School recently and I envisioned the message being upbeat and bright but when I saw all the faces looking back at me it sobered me sufficiently to change my tone. I kept thinking about all of the directions that they were getting ready to go and all of the obstacles stacked against them. I wanted to be able to talk to them individually and warn them of the pitfalls that were quickly approaching. Then I remembered how little I was willing to listen after graduating from high school. Unfortunately my only opportunity to influence the graduating class of 2009 was during that 15 minutes the other night. As much as I want to help them and my own children avoid the pain and difficulty that comes from bad choices, the best thing that can be done is to model Christ before them and be ready when the trials of life make them ready to listen and learn.

Christianity is better caught than taught.

Family

April 19, 2009

It seems to me that without family connections there is little stability or purpose. I am not talking just about the biological family groups that are normally thought of. Family can take on many different forms. I think of family in terms of support network. As I watch how a majority of families work however I see that there is an incredible expectation of benefit but not such a high expectation of responsibility. I know that family is supposed to be a place that loves you no matter what but at the same time, family should hold us accountable at the same time that it holds us up. I have always been struck by how much easier it is to avoid disciplining one of my own children as opposed to holding them accountable for the standard of conduct that is expected within our household. I think the same thing is true within the church family as well. It is just easier not to get involved in the messy details and risk of holding someone accountable for a biblical standard of conduct. The result of a lack of responsibility within a biological or a spiritual family are the same. The family begins to lose stability and purpose and in the end, becomes dysfunctional.

Making sense of tragedy

April 16, 2009

I have been very concerned lately about my younger brother who was severely injured in Afghanistan three weeks ago. He is currently in Walter Reed army hospital in Washington D.C. His injuries may not allow him to walk again but just the fact that he is alive and alert is a great praise at this point. What greatly upsets me about his injury is that it was completely avoidable. It was a friendly fire incident that occurred through neglect and carelessness. In trying to make sense of a tragedy like this. It brings into question the goodness of God and his ability to take care of his children. It is a struggle for me because of what I know will never be possible again. Things like playing one-on-one with my little brother again. Just seeing him standing on his own two legs seems like a stretch right now. The damage that has been done cannot be reversed, humanly speaking. I wonder how often we relate the irreversible damage that we can to with our words to the physical damage of a bullet. James refers to the damage that the tongue can do and even when we may not intend for people to get hurt, we still have wounded people in our wake. These wounds are also completely avoidable. As to how a good God can allow a seemingly senseless act to take place. We have to come to the same conclusion as Job did, that we came into the world naked and will leave it without anything as well but all along the way, the name of the Lord is to be blessed.