Betraying the Son of Man

Photo posted by U2 on Instagram
Photo posted by U2 on Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/2-ON_VAF1Q/?taken-by=u2)

An interesting bit of news. As Ireland votes on whether to allow homosexual marriage, U2 frontman Bono has come out in favor of a “Yes” vote and was quoted as saying, “Marriage is now an idea that transcends religion.”

So you see, this is how you can claim to be a committed Christian and yet not have to face the scorn of the world for saying that marriage is only between a man and a woman. You just say that marriage has nothing to do with religion.

That may be a coherent line of thinking in the opinion of someone who does not profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ, but it can never be considered “wholesome words” for someone who truly loves God and His Word.

No Christian can ignore the fact that the very first recorded words of a human being are these:

“This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:23 KJV)

After telling us this, Moses, the founder of Western Civilization (may it rest in peace), immediately comments, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24 KJV)

Read the beautiful creation story in Genesis 2 and you will see that marriage was God’s idea. The man-woman bond was reinforced in the Law of Moses and, despite what homosexual activists say, was restated by the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles Paul, Peter, Jude, and John in the New Testament.

And U2? The band posted on its Instagram (see photo above) a phrase from Bono’s song, “Pride (In The Name Of Love).” The song, which has a social justice theme, contains a line about Jesus:

“One man betrayed with a kiss…”

I wonder if we’re doing the same.

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Reading Some Old Letters

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About a week ago, controversial pastor Rob Bell told Oprah Winfrey that the Church is “moments” away from accepting gay marriage:

“… I think culture is already there, and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense…”

Bell’s comment proves we are never static in our view of God’s Word. We are either increasingly devoted to it with the passage of time, or else we move in the opposite direction: first neglecting it, then questioning it, and then rejecting it.

But once people reject the Word of God they never stop there… they go further, and end up despising it, even disparaging it to others.

As Psalm 1 shows us, once we heed the counsel of the ungodly, we end up sitting in the seat of the scornful. Bell ridicules the Word as something we have outgrown in our current state of societal sophistication. But his statement is not sophisticated – it’s sophomoric, and blasphemous.

Was the Apostle Paul unaware of the “modern” issues we grapple with? Were there no homosexuals in the Roman Empire? What conceit and self-deception! The Emperor Nero himself had a homosexual ceremony of sorts. But Bell says we’ll be increasingly irrelevant if we rely upon the Bible. Granted, there are certainly a number of “civilizational” reasons to oppose gay marriage, but Scripture can never be irrelevant to morals.

Ironically, it’s our failure to uphold and submit to the authority of the Word of God that makes the Church in North America so anemic and timid. The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and therefore, having cast it aside, the Church makes few converts… but it hatches scorners in abundance.

Photo by Savio Sebastian on Flickr under Creative Commons License.

Judge Declares Utah Polygamy Law Unconstitutional In Part

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So much for dismissing the idea of a slippery slope.

Yesterday was another watershed in the hard-to-look-at, slow-motion death of our culture. In a case brought by the star of the “Sister Wives” reality TV show, the Federal courts have now begun to chip away at prohibitions against polygamy, succumbing to a carefully planned strategy designed to not only permit polygamy as we usually think of it (polygyny as among Muslims and Fundamentalist Mormons) but true polyamory.

In its opinion, the Court was unkind to our Christian heritage and the common heritage of Western Civilization in general. Judge Clark Waddoups of the District of Utah quoted an historic U. S. Supreme Court case disapprovingly, and commented on it.

“The organization of a community for the spread and practice of polygamy is, in a measure, a return to barbarism. It is contrary to the spirit of Christianity and of the civilization which Christianity has produced in the Western world.” Late Corp., 136 U.S. at 49. [Late Corp. was the 1890 U. S. Supreme Court case which upheld a Federal statute disincorporating the Mormon Church because it promoted polygamy.] This observation [is] unthinkable as part of the legal analysis in a modern Supreme Court decision…

To be sure, I am providing here just a small slice of a 91-page opinion, but this is illuminating because it’s only when Courts and Presidents are tearing down our Christian heritage that they admit that we actually did have one.

I never liked the term “post-Christian America,” because it seems to me that defining something by what it isn’t is no definition at all. Such language is unhelpful to its intended hearer, and is a self-deception on the part of the speaker. I may tell you that my dog is not a cat, and still leave you in the dark about what a dog really is.

If polygamy is on the way in (to be followed by what else?) then isn’t it time we stopped calling America “post-Christian?” For something is never post-anything without having already become something else – if not in its entirety then certainly in its essential character.

How then shall we call this era? Neo-Pagan America seems a sound choice to me. Others may think differently. Based on their quote above, it appears that the U. S. Supreme Court of 1890 would have called us Barbarian America.

That will be left to the historians. In the meantime, trying days are ahead.

More here: Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional | The Salt Lake Tribune.