Christianity Illegitimate for Public Policy?
In conversations with gay marriage supporters, my views are compared to those who supported laws forbidding marriage between races. As late as 1967, it was illegal in many states for a mixed race couple to marry. Our common culture today would look at this and conclude that those people were racists. I believe the comparison is an attempt to equate my views with bigotry.
Standard operating procedure for the left.
Being a Christian, I am not at liberty to redefine what God says is a sin. Scripture is not just an instruction manual. Sin – and our awareness of it in our lives – is how we know we are in need of a savior. In my mind we are talking about eternal souls, not temporal needs.
I also think our nation’s laws and customs ought to reflect God’s laws and customs. So far, we have been very successful. Judeo-Christian values have served our nation well as a foundation for ordering our society. We do not always get it right, but America has a conscience. By the time Loving v Virginia rolled around, there were only 15 states left with anti-miscegenation laws. Getting it right was already underway.
The left wants to de-legitimize how we come to our conclusions, claiming that faith has no place in public policy. This is an effort that has been going on for decades, and it is ridiculous. The entire American enterprise is based on the idea that rights are from the Creator. Immutable rights depend upon belief in an immutable source. Toss out the transcendent, unchanging foundation and your rights are dependent on the whim of men. Societies where Jews and Christians need not apply have a horrifying track record on human rights.
Society is well-served when the faithful search the scriptures, pray and use their faith as a foundation for public policy decisions. Hospitals, orphanages, soup kitchens – all these are in response to commands by Christ to care for the sick, homeless and hungry. Abolition was championed by the faithful in America, as was the civil rights movement. Looking to God for guidance on big issues has worked out well most of the time.
I’m sorry that the Church has been wrong in the past, and I anticipate we will be wrong in the future, but I do not think this is one of those times. I cannot in good conscience support something I believe would be harmful. Christian teaching on homosexuality is perfectly clear. That some of my fellow citizens do not recognize the authority of scripture doesn’t mean I am at liberty to ignore what it means to me.
The left would find a great deal more personal peace if they could find it in their hearts to set aside their own bigotry and recognize that their Christian neighbors are doing their best to be faithful to the very thing from which freedom springs. We don’t always get it right, but the world is far better off for the effort.