Archive for December 23rd, 2010

Years ago, legal scholar Phillip Johnson said that the entire cultural war is being fought over the issue of sex.  Chuck Colson puts it this way: “Sexual liberty has become the ultimate virtue in American life.”

Here we are, approaching “Silent Night,” and a lame-duck Congress recklessly repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  President Obama calls the repeal a matter of “basic equality”.  I grow weary of the “equality” mantra.  This repeal is the re-defining of morality.  It is a social experiment that will carry a high price for the U.S. military and the nation it defends.  Colson writes, “It is the ultimate victory of political correctness over the protection of human life.”

Human life is always at risk when we fall to idolatry — people rejecting God’s order and worshiping what is created rather than the Creator.

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is, as Colson notes, “[A]nother tragic case in which ignoring the Biblical worldview leads to irrational, unsustainable decisions.”

God created humans to be male or female.  In marriage, God works through the union of man and woman to bring new life into the world.  A sexual union between two men, two women, or a man and a woman not married to each other is wrong.  Don’t agree?  Take it up with God.

What concerns me most about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”?

  1. “Outdated” policy. One senator noted a “generational transition” taking place on the issue of openly gay and lesbian people serving in the military.  Really?  Has the human body somehow transitioned to naturally support homosexual behavior?  Have the enlightened ones “progressed” beyond the facts of biology and anatomy?  I wonder: what other things are “outdated”?  Lessons from history?  Words of the Founding Fathers?  Wisdom from parents and grandparents?  The Word of God?
  2. A battlefield without Gospel. LCMS President Rev. Matthew Harrison writes, “We are all sinners in need of repentance and forgiveness.  For 2000 years, the church has welcomed sinners, but refused to affirm sin.  The saving grace of Jesus Christ and His Gospel are for all people (2 Cor. 5:19), and the only thing that separates us from this forgiveness is a lack of repentance or sorrow over our sin . . . [Will] military chaplains striving to carry out their responsibilities for preaching, counseling, and consoling find themselves under the strain of having to question whether to obey God or man (Acts 5:29)?

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision” (Psalm 2:1-4).

In heaven, God mocks those who have the audacity to circumvent His laws and plans as Creator.  On earth, we will have to live with the consequences of human arrogance.

This hasty repeal creates a mess.  How will commanders discipline cohabitation issues?  How will combat troops be educated to change attitudes and opinons on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) issues?  What punishment will be set up for soldiers or chaplains who, for moral and religious reasons, resist new policy?  The list goes on.

In the midst of a mess, wrong seems to prevail.  But, tonight I sleep because God’s Word is not outdated.   His morality cannot be re-defined.  I will sing “Silent night, holy night” and know that Jesus is Lord.

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