Monday, May 14, 2012

Sexuality; A Moral Issue, Not An Issue Of Equality Pt. 1

2 Timothy 4:3 ~ For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 
"Moreover, given the increasing diversity of America's population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson's, or Al Sharpton's? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let's read our bibles. Folks haven't been reading their bibles." ~ Senator Barack Obama, "A Call To Renewal" Washington DC 6/8/2006
Since President Obama made specific statements regarding his endorsement of homosexual marriage, the church community has been divided, some even realigning what they believe and how they interpret the bible to align with the Obamaian political agenda and pluralistic world view.

Religious Confusion & The Surprise?

One of the most interesting things regarding the President’s endorsement of gay marriage is that so many preachers, such as Jamal Bryant, say that they were “surprised” at the President’s position.

“A lot of African-American leaders right now are really dazed by this because we didn't see it coming. For the last four years, the African-American clergy have really supported, covered, and prayed for President Obama, and it really came without any warning. Sunday is going to be a real great divide in Black churches and churches across America discussing the issue. African-Americans are, by and large, sexually conservative and socially more aggressive. And so, pastors on Sunday morning are going to be really walking a balancing act. How now do we juxtapose this issue up against a president that we have supported over the last four years?"  ~ Pastor Jamal Bryant  to CNN 5/10/2012

After Jamal's statement of "surprise" he then goes on to say that one particular area of disagreement was no reason to withdraw from supporting the President. I believe that  some of these folk were either asleep, or are “acting” and pretending that they didn’t know what the President stood for afar off. The fact is that a


person couldn’t help but know the direction and leaning of the President from his public statements and public policy since prior to his election.  As I have outlined on this blog in many posts, the many instances including the 2006 Presidential Campaign speech above, in which then candidate Obama all but declared that religion and religious belief wasn’t a guideline for laws of a modern and progressive civil society.

There are always other and more recent examples of the president’s position of the issue. For example in Oct. 2009 President Obama said this to the HRC, the nations leading homosexual advocacy group:
"My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians whether in the office or on the battlefield. You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognized relationships between two men or two women, are just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman." ~ President Barack Obama 10/10/2009 HRC 
In 2011 at the HRC he outlined similar attitudes and even frustration at people not getting his message out. In fact he primarily told the HRC and gay advocacy groups that if he placed himself out there in support of their agenda in a more effaced manner, that he would expect them to place themselves out there as well, being more vocal and visible in his reelection cause. Listen to the videos and tell me what you think.

Don't Believe Me? There's More!

President Obama has consistently fought for gay normalization and state sponsored homosexual  marital rights and the whole government is in on the action under his direction. The Presidential Web stated the following regarding President’s Obama’s efforts to normalize homosexual marriage:
"President Obama also continues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. He supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He supports repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security, and also believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation."
Now to be clear, the Christian argument against gay normalization, gay marriage and in favor of morality and traditional values have NOTHING to do with employment discrimination, housing and quality of living issues. Everyone, strongly agrees that such discrimination should not exist and should be stamped out not only towards gays, but toward Blacks and Latinos (and every other race) women, the handicapped, and various religions and religious beliefs etc. The argument in favor of traditional marriage has nothing to do with thinking of anyone as a less or second class citizen. That is a smokes-screen argument, a red herring and an argument that doesn't apply to anyone in their right minds. Yet it is the argument that the homo-advocacy projects on the issue.

A short time ago in my post “Political Pandering For The Gay Vote” I outlined that under the direction of Hillary Clinton the Obama US State Dept proudly displayed that it has been more active than ever in proliferation of gay rights and advocating that gay rights are human rights both nationally and internationally.

There should be no surprise about what has taken place if it is that we have been looking and listening to what has actually been said over the last 4 years.

All of this has led to what I consider to be the primary confusion promoted by the psychologists and political pundits of the homosexual right. That is the purposeful confusion over equality and morality.   

Equality vs. Morality

Equality

One of the most sad parts about this that has affected the black church in particular, is the confusion over what type of issue that homosexual marriage actually is. Pulpits all over the United States are more confused than ever. Many leaders have said they are “rethinking” their position in light of Presidential statements, while others have said that we must “balance” between Christian love and rights of freedom and discrimination.

For many of these it simply doesn’t matter what the word of God teaches or says, it’s all up for negotiation and realignment…they are BLIND leaders of the Blind!

Many within the civil rights movement firmly believe that homosexual marriage is a matter of rights and not an issue of morality and have thoroughly confused and infused the issue will all sorts of sentiments that should not be placed in it.

Two of the more visible individuals on civil rights issues have said this:
“This is a bold step in the right direction for equal protection under the law for all citizens,”… “You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate,”… “The law protects you from being abused. It doesn’t threaten your lifestyle for someone else to have the right to exhibit their lifestyle,”~ Rev.Jesse Jackson Los Angeles Times 5/13/2012
And then there’s this:
“I salute President Obama’s statement today supporting same-sex marriage,”…“This is not about mine or anyone’s personal or religious views. It is about equal rights for all. We cannot be selective with civil rights. We must support civil rights for everybody or we don’t support them for anyone.” ~ Rev. Al Sharpton los Angeles Times, 5/13/2012
The only problem is who ever said or affirmed that homosexual marriage was a civil right in America? Are civil rights simply dispensed because we want them to be, or is there some pattern or consistent reason that a civil right exists?

Over 31 states by MAJORITY vote of it’s citizens have affirmed that the homosexual supposed “right to marry” does not exist. However at the international level, American, under this Presidential direction, has been the most vocal and active in promoting homosexual rights as a human right. The question is do our laws now reflect those of the United Nations? Homosexuals have never been allowed the right of marriage except in the states in which it currently exists. Are we no longer a sovereign nation? Has our sovereignty been bargained away to simply “fit in” at all costs, no matter the consequences of our actions and positions?

NO SEX has ever been an issue of equality, rights or personal freedoms. Sex has always (and rightfully so) been an issue of morality. Unlike the color of skin, which is morally neutral, and other issues of civil rights, sexuality is and always has been associated with morality and NOT with issues of equality and equal access.

Think about it. When a person rapes, does anyone consider that this is a civil rights issue? When a person commits adultery, does anyone consider it a civil rights issue? When one observes a bigamist, does anyone consider that there is a civil rights issue? How about prostitution, pedophilia or even bestiality? Are any of these and other arrangements civil rights issues? Are any of them a matter of equality?

These leaders and many others are CATEGORICALLY CONFUSED and have the issue twisted because they have been deceived by the prince of this world. They have been duped into considering to accept a spiritually, physically, mentally and morally crippling immoral act as something that God may be pleased with in even the smallest sense.   

Morality:  Where Does it Come From?

One thing is for sure, many of our leaders need some serious lessons and study on the development of morals and morality. Here's a fact that even enemies of biblical morality will agree:

Morality isn’t developed by actions of the most predominant in society.

Morality is not settled by majority, or by might makes right. If that is the case, then homosexuals would have no rights at all only being roughly 2% of American society. Even though the materialist may struggle with this sort of issue, because that’s exactly what social Darwinism teaches (survival of the fittest) “Might makes right” under a Darwinist world view and concept. The rest of us, who actually think this through to it’s logical conclusion, are left to ask what the basis of morality must be?

If morality is not settled or developed by proxy of the strongest, or the majority, then there must be an objective standard for it to exist. Then we should ask what is the platform or basis of that standard and by what means does morality exist? In addition, we should ask who has placed or delivered the platform upon which morality rests?

In Part 2 of this, we will examine where morality comes from and why only and appeal to God and his word can give us the proper understanding of how to deal with this issue and more.

Blessed!

5 comments:

  1. The Huffington Post Black Voices records the following:

    "What did he hear from churchgoers? "No church or group is monolithic. Some were powerfully agitated and disappointed. Others were curious -- why now? to what end? Others were hurt. And others, to be honest, told me it's not an issue and they don't have a problem with it."

    What did the bishop tell his congregation? He opposes gay marriage. It is not just a social issue, he said, but a religious one for those who follow the Bible. "The spiritual issue is ground in the word of God."

    That said, "I believe the statement the president made and his decision was made in good faith. I am sure because the president is a good man. I know his decision was made after much thought and consideration and, I'm sure, even prayer."

    Clarke asked his church "to pray for the president and pray this will not become a political football with uncivil language and heated rhetoric. We can disagree on this, as we do on many things, and still love each other."


    Now the rank confusion. This has nothing to do with loving the homosexual. It has everything to do with morality, and the values that are to be taught to our children and families.

    Emotive (emotional and compassionate) thinking is why the church is confused. Compassion doesn't condone or endorse sin. The utmost in compassion is to correct ungodliness and make a difference between clean and unclean so that the truth will be known.

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  2. Same-sex marriage cannot be compared to the civil rights movement, (one is moral the other is social)
    historically Black Americans were discriminated against solely based on their physical appearance which is a benign characteristic,
    the name "Civil Rights Movement" is being usurped as a front to condone a particular lifestyle, it is not immoral to be of African, Asian or European descent, God never judged anyone based on his or her "race" which is a man made social evil, look at Jesus' family tree, there are a few "gentile branches" attached, (the LORD obviously didn't have a problem with it!) in fact God chastised Miriam about Moses marrying an Ethiopian (black) woman, and turned Miriam's skin leprous "white as snow" in the desert! Num 12:1-10
    The REASON for the sexual holiness codes Lev 18:3; 24-30, required Gods people (then and now) to live lives different and uninfluenced by the surrounding culture;
    in closing, if the government legalized adultery, polygamy and adult/child marriage would that be considered a social or moral issue?!
    the Christian will have to decide, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge"
    Acts 4:19

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  3. On POINT Jerry!

    These folk, many of them preachers, are as confused as they can be on this one. God has given them darkness for light and blindness for sight.

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  4. Pastor they're not confused! They are justing trying to figure out a way to get their foot out of their throat. Most of these preachers hailed Obama as the next greatest thing since sliced bread, now look. All the signs were there BEFORE he became President, but they were all ignored.

    Now you got preachers coming on tv talking about how they were shocked, caught off guard, disappointed. NEGRO PLEASE! Instead of holiness you wanted history, but instead you got perversion, so deal with it!

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