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Is the Debate on Marriage really a “Waste of Time?”

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

marriage mattersAs we await the official kick-off of the 2014 legislative session, there has been much political rhetoric suggesting that an attempt to amend our state constitution to officially define marriage as “a man and a woman” is nothing but a horrendous, irresponsible waste of time. We need to be focusing on “more important things,” they say, like jobs. Conservatives who value the institution of marriage and the children produced from this sacred union are viewed as political Neanderthals who are somehow trying to tie up valuable legislative time with issues that really don’t matter.

In fact, those opposing the marriage amendment are often the ones shouting this objection the loudest. I just wish they really believed what they are telling the media and the public. If this whole debate on the future of marriage and the family is really worthless, then why are they waging an all-out, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners war at the state capitol? Consider the facts:

Those opposing this “time-wasting measure” have hired 11 eleven lobbyists from five top law firms. These lobbyists are working around the clock to convince legislators that supporting marriage is not a good idea. Well, I said that nicely. In reality, they believe a vote for marriage is a sign if bigotry, hatred and homophobic mental illness that can be cured by fines and/or forced indoctrination through government funded tolerance training. But let’s not fuss over the details…

In addition, they have 91 field staff around the state tasked with convincing voters that this legislation is unnecessary and then mobilizing them to call the legislators in their district to express opposition to The Marriage Amendment (HJR6). Now while all this is perfectly acceptable behavior in a constitutional republic, it does not communicate the irrelevance of the issue at hand. Rather, it screams relevance and reveals the urgency of the matter before us.

Add to this full-time ground force a huge infusion of national money from homosexual activists, their campaign goal is 15 million dollars, and you have a formidable amount of resources rallied for one, giant, waste-of-time, piece of legislation. Really? You expect us to believe that?

Perhaps the members of the gay/lesbian movement in America understand what is really at stake here better than we do! You don’t invest in things that are worthless or a total waste of time, do you? No, you don’t. They understand the huge stakes involved in the battle over marriage. Wherever gay marriage has become the law, the religious liberties of people of faith have been compromised. Where sexual anarchy is embraced, religious liberty is trampled. This re-definition of marriage is a total game-changer and they know it.

This debate is not about equality. Under Indiana law, any man can currently marry any woman. This law applies equally to all Hoosiers. Rather, this is all about a radical re-definition of marriage. The problem is that they have yet to offer us their new definition. So exactly how will marriage now be defined? Is it a union of two people, multiple people, inanimate objects, animals, children? The list of options is as endless as the social chaos it will create.

How important is marriage? Considering it is the cornerstone of Western civilization and the building block of healthy families, communities and nations, I’d say we ought to think about the consequences of tinkering with it before we fully realize the implications. After all, if we allow marriage to mean anything and everything, it will essentially mean NOTHING.

In war, the troops are concentrated where the battle is most strategic. And the battle is the most intense where the soil is most valuable. This is why, in spite of their rhetoric to the contrary, the opposition has gathered in force to defeat marriage. Now is the time for those who value this cherished institution to take a stand on this sacred soil called “marriage” before it is absolutely destroyed.

Visit our website, www.indianapastorsalliance.com, for more information on how you can stand with other concerned Hoosiers for marriage.

Who Speaks for God? The Deafening Silence of the Church and Christian Universities on Marriage

December 16th, 2013 2 comments

christian uniIn a day when everyone is coming out of the closet to express their position on the critical policy issue of whether we should be re-defining what it means to be married, the two institutions who should be speaking the loudest are actually the most silent; namely, our Christian churches and universities. And the silence is deafening!

In recent weeks we have seen a number of our state universities publicly voicing their opposition to the proposed Marriage Amendment (HJR6). As I shared in a previous blog, this behavior is incredibly intolerant of those students attending the university who do not happen to share the same beliefs about marriage. In our modern university culture, where tolerance has become the cardinal virtue and moral relativism acts as the official epistemological litmus test for determining the correctness of one’s point of view, it seems incredibly irrational and contradictory for state universities to take a firm stance on anything! After all, to remain intellectually coherent, the doctrine of tolerance demands neutrality.

Christian Universities, on the other hand, are committed to the pursuit of Truth. The educational experience is built, not upon the shifting sands of moral relativism, but upon the unchanging revelation of God’s Word. In the words of the great Christian author and apologist, Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent! And where God has clearly spoken, He expects us to fully represent His views both to the student body and to the world.

And If there ever was an issue where God has clearly spoken, it’s the issue of marriage! We should be teaching our students the biblical norms for marriage, the family and sexuality and equipping them to clearly communicate God’s Truth to their generation. In addition, we should be highlighting the tragic consequences which occur when individuals and nations rebel against God’s moral order. What an amazing opportunity God has given us to provide leadership to a culture that is currently experiencing a moral free-fall. In fact, it’s more than just an opportunity, it’s a responsibility. It’s a sacred trust.

Years ago Charles Colson wrote a book entitled, Who Speaks for God? His book was a prophetic challenge to “confess Christ where the battle rages,” to stand for Christ contra mundum – “against the world.” He went on to quote John Wesley, who said:

“Making an open stand against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness which overspreads our land as a flood is one of the noblest ways of confessing Christ in the face of His enemies.”

It’s time for the Church and the Christian University to make “an open stand” this critical issue of marriage. If we won’t, who will?

If you agree, please take a moment to call your pastor and encourage him to stand for marriage. And while you’re at it, call the president’s office at the closest Christian university near you and ask why the university is remaining silent on this important, biblical issue.