Secular Morals Fail

Wintery Knight discussed on his site the need to confront those pushing the error of same-sex “marriage,” and before I go any further I should say that he and I are of the same mind as to the damaging effects of state-endorsed sodomite unions on children, society and even the sodomites in the “union.” WK discusses this in light of a recent, highly publicized case in which two men “married” to each other adopted children, and have since been arrested on charges of sexually abusing those children and creating pornography of those children. I am generally leery of assuming the state is telling the truth about anything, but if prosecution does prove these men guilty then the only appropriate sentence would involve millstones, rope and the deep blue sea.

Where WK and I diverge, however, is his desire to conclusively demonstrate the error of same sex “marriage” from a purely secular approach; or, as he says in his own words:

You don’t have to be a Christian to disagree with same-sex marriage. You can argue in favor of natural marriage on completely non-religious grounds. That’s what I’d like to see from our “elite” Christian leaders. Statistically, children do better when they are raised by two biological parents.  That’s a non-sectarian argument against same-sex marriage.

I will grudgingly accept the first sentence. Most Orthodox Jews and observant Muslims would agree that same-sex “marriage” is a no go, and would appeal to their specific religious literature to do so. What follows next is the assertion that you can make a purely secular argument against same sex marriage. Since WK and I are both professed believers, let’s see what the New Testament might have to say about this issue…

16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

And again he says:

32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

All quotes from I Corinthians 15, KJV.

The apostle was a smarter man than either WK or myself, and, more importantly, wrote through divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Paul emphasized that the Gospel of Christ, and the fact and hope of His resurrection and our own, is all that gives meaning to life. If this life is all there is, then to sacrifice for Christ and His Kingdom is purest foolishness. If we are willing to suffer, it must be for something more than what is present on this terrestrial sphere.

Plainly spoken, the absence of God leads to nihilism eventually, no matter where you start out, and no matter where you end up. As Dostoevsky wrote, “Without God, all things are possible.” Everything good, everything true, everything noble comes from God and God alone. Marriage was created by God, so that we could produce Godly offspring (Hosea) and as a figure of Christ and His church. To attempt to defend marriage without religion is to attempt to defend that sacred institution while mentioning neither its Creator nor its purpose. It is meaningless to attempt.

I do not say that we should not exercise reason, or that it has no value. Aquinas used reason to discern God’s will from the written word God supplied mankind. Aquinas’ reasoning and logic are so unassailable not because he had a greater capacity for reason than Aristotle, Confucius or Buddha; it is because the foundation upon which his reasoning was based is the Word of God.

You may well be able to prove to the sodomite that his sin is destructive to himself, his family and his society; yet fifty years and more have shown us this will accomplish nothing to reign in rampant public immorality. As Paul said, the men “burned in their lusts for one another.” The burning lust of the sodomites will overshadow any and all secular arguments against their behavior. Why? Because, as Paul tells us in Romans 1, they fell into that sin as a result of putting God out of their remembrance, so He gave them over to a debased mind.

In a very real sense then, homosexuality itself is not the disease, but only a symptom. The true disease, according to Paul, was that they did not want to remember God. Unless and until we as a nation remember God the disease will run rampant. No secular argument, regardless of its syllogistic perfection, can overcome sin. Only the blood of Christ can do that; any argument that is not based on Jesus Christ and Him crucified is doomed to failure.

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  1. While I too think that appealing to the God-denying folks on their own atheistic terms, is already a profound compromise, the apostle Paul appealed to the polytheists on Mars hill starting from their own belief that there could be yet another god who was still unknown to them.

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