I have posted quite a bit on FB in the past couple of days since the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, 2015. I know some people are probably saying, “Tim…give it a rest!” This post is an attempt to explain my reasons for being vocal. I hope you will read it with thoughtfulness.
I am passionate about marriage because I believe it to be God-ordained (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31), I believe it to be the foundation for all civilization (procreation), and a picture of Jesus and His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:25-27). I have held these views all of my life. I was raised in a home that espoused these views. I was raised in a church that espoused these views, interestingly…I was raised in a country that espoused these views. And when I was old enough to study the Scriptures for myself, I came to the same conclusion and adopted these views as my own. In my study of not only the Scriptures, but of the history of Western Civilization, I came across the same views which undergirded my decision to adopt these views as my own…confirmation from 2000 years of the history of the West, if you will.
So…when the Supreme Court of the United States, in one fell stroke of the pen, changed the definition of marriage once and for all time in the United States, of course I would be just a little concerned. After all, as I just stated above, this is one of the foundations that I have believed to the core of my being. It might surprise some to hear that I would have been open to some sort of compromise in the way of a legitimate “civil union” that the government recognized and afforded some of the same benefits of marriage, but to call that marriage is something that I have to disagree with.
Here is what is very interesting to me based on the aforementioned…why is everyone so surprised by my reaction (and the reaction of those who have believed and do believe like I do)? Should we not be concerned? Did anyone really expect me/us to just roll over and play dead on this issue? Is there not any room for dissent when something that has been in place for all of America’s history, and all of the 2000+ years of the history of the West, is so dramatically redefined? Isn’t it OK for us to be a little bit vocal about this monumental, unprecedented (at least in America), unparalleled change?
Most people will not believe me when I say this, but I have not been, nor ever will be, surprised by the very vocal and passionate pursuit of the LGBT community to put into motion the events that culminated in the June 26th decision. I can’t really say that I applaud them, but I do respect them for their efforts. I am not surprised by it nor am I angry about it. This is America. We should be free to believe in our cause. We should be free to put words and actions to our cause. We should be free to protest, to speak out, to write, to promote, to televise, to hold press conferences, etc. And so should I be free to put words and actions to my cause as well. But, sadly, for some reason…I (and people who believe like I do) are not afforded the same rights that the LGBT community has been afforded. You can clearly see this by even the difference in reactions on FB to the very vocal, passionate, in your face, diligent, etc. efforts of the LGBT community being celebrated, lauded, praised, and even memorialized. But dare offer up a differing opinion and you do so at your own risk. Your dissent is met with, vilifying words and sentiments and a “would you just please shut up you bigot” attitude that permeates the comments of the posts of those who dare to offer up a differing opinion or who just simply disagree. It seems that the LGBT community wants for themselves what they are patently unwilling to give to others!
So, just for the record, until I run out of breath or until Jesus comes (at which point I guess I would run out of breath humanly speaking), I will continue to passionately verbalize, espouse, and defend the viewpoints that I believe to be true and at the core of my worldview and belief system because that is who I am. I cannot change that nor do I want to. I am actually excited and energized that events in our culture are forcing people to have to make decisions and come to grips with their own belief structure…and, although you might not believe this, I would expect nothing less from anyone else whether in agreement with me or in total disagreement!
This is America…let’s start acting like it!