Like a lot of conservatives, I was disgusted, though not surprised, with the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. In fact, I predicted the outcome to several people the day before it was released. I knew it was coming, particularly after the Obamacare ruling, but I earnestly hoped to soon see a wave of protest and civil disobedience to the Court’s mandate. And it looks like that just might be in the works, and I’m sure glad of it.
We’ve seen the Circuit Clerk in Grenada, Mississippi resign rather than issue same sex marriage licenses, while a Republican candidate for the office in Lamar County has dropped out of the race. Many officials in Alabama are refusing to issue any licenses. And the Attorney General in Texas has issued an opinion that county clerks in the Lone Star State do not have to issue these marriage licenses either, although some are.
This is a start but now we need a counter stroke from among the people. And that seems to be gaining steam too, as businesses vow to maintain their religious freedom and not serve same sex couples.
But we need to take heed because the gay “rights” movement, what has been called the “Big Gay Hate Machine,” is not done, not by a long shot. Though they are just an estimated 3 percent of the population, they are out to destroy traditional values and Christian faith, if those values and faith interferes with their lifestyle.
In fact, it looks as though they will be taking aim at the tax-exempt status provided to churches by the IRS. It’s not enough to secure the right to marry; they want to stop any criticism of their lifestyle choice. So any preachers who speak out against the homosexual lifestyle as a sin against God will find themselves in hot water with the IRS if the gay lobby has its way.
Samuel Alito alluded to this in his dissent in the gay marriage case, “In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”
He continued, “I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”
Justice Alito is exactly right. That is what is happening across the country and its only going to get worse, that is if we allow it to.
I do find it interesting that the gay fascists so hate the Christian church and our “old beliefs,” which condemns their lifestyle with words from the Bible, yet they will not cast aspersions toward the Muslim world, where they do much more than speak out against homosexuals; they throw them off high rooftops to their death. No decent Christian, or any right thinking person for that matter, advocates that.
But we do value the First Amendment. We the Christian people of America should not fear the IRS, the Obama Administration, or anyone else. Our preachers should preach the Word of God without compromise. Our people should stand up for our right to freely practice our religion and exercise our own values. And that would include opposing this most recent judicial decision.
And we have a right to do this. Just because a law is decreed, or a judicial decision rendered, that does not mean it’s the “law of the land” and we must obey it, as many top Republicans, including serious presidential candidates, are now saying. We have a right to resist through civil disobedience, opposing laws we consider unjust. And notice I said “civil” disobedience. Violence, riots, chaos, mayhem, and thuggery are not “civil.” No one has a right to that.
As I pondered these things, I thought about the Scripture Isaiah 10:1 – “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees.” And the recent Court decision is unjust and oppressive, and the movement to spread gay “rights” will bring even more our way.
Of course there are those who say we “don’t legislate from the Bible.” Of course we do, and always have. Our laws emanate from Scripture, whether the Left likes it or not. That’s why there is a carving of the Great Lawgiver, Moses, in the House of Representatives chamber.
Martin Luther King, Jr. believed passionately in these principles, especially civil disobedience. In his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” he wrote that a “just law is a man-made law code that squares with the moral law or the law of God…. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” St. Thomas Aquinas, who King also quoted in his famous Letter, said that an “unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”
As King understood, our rights come from God, not government, and it’s okay to resist laws that are out of line with our traditions. It’s our heritage and forms the basis of the Declaration of Independence, when American colonists certainly resisted British laws they considered unjust and oppressive.
We the defenders of Christendom and traditional values need to stand up, just as or ancestors did, for this is a fight we can’t afford to lose.