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In the Beginning God Created... Adam and Steve?


Civil Unions, Same-Sex Marriages, by who's authority?


Dr. Martin Luther King, asserted a strong defense for Civil Rights in his "I have a Dream" speech, by saying  that which he was defending was "one that is rooted in the American Dream."


His foundational belief was that our Rights as persons came from a higher source. As one signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, wrote: "all men" are entitled under "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God;" to "certain Inalienable Rights of life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."


In agreement, however, with Constitution signer, James Madison, I think that "because men are not angels they tend to violate the Rights of others." [Federalist #51]  This justifies the need for society to set a high-moral rule of conduct for governing our behavior towards our fellowman.


What authority do either "Civil Unions," or "Same-Sex Marriage" advocates express for fulfilling their moral obligation, "to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and to our Posterity?" [U.S. Constitution's Preamble]


If pro-lobbying groups like the "Gay & Lesbian Center Task Force," or the "National Black Justice Coalition" are going to use the civil Rights argument to justify the "Rectitude of there intentions," shouldn't "We the People" hold these and all others who favor their cause, accountable to the same standard that Dr. King and millions of Americans during the Civil Rights era agreed to uphold?


Dr. King said, "A just law (civil) squares with the moral law of God; an unjust law is out of harmony with the moral law."


In other words it is by God's authority that the states exist, that is to protect a People who choose  to govern themselves by the Rule of law (Romans 13:1-4) . Our  Declaration of Independence acknowledges God as the Lawgiver, Creator, Supreme Judge of the World, and Divine Protector of mankind. And Article VII of the U.S. Constitution expresses the States Unanimous Consent to submit to such a Declaration-"in the year of our Lord 1787, and of the Independence of the United States of America..."


The proposed FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT ACT(H.J.Res. 56) codifies the institution of marriage in one sentence; "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."


What civics lesson do I grasp from this analogy?  First, amending the U.S. Constitution to protect traditional marriage is a duty which belongs to every citizen of this country without  violating the natural Right of any person. The same God who grants all men liberty to unite with one wife, also lays on both spouses the charge of conforming to His Will. 


Secondly, the preservation of marriage the way God intended is a task that requires more virtue than the power any human law alone can enforce.


We must therefore, endeavor to keep re-affirming the original source of our Rights as persons, alongside the performance of our civil duties as "One Nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


That is a part the original, Christian idea of our American Constitutional Republic. Beware lest you fall prey to the dangerous Worldview that this nation's Constitution no longer has any moral authority that "We the People" are bound to respect.


Declaration of Independence signer, Samuel Adams, stated:  "While the People are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader."


Keith Hardine 2004


No states allow same sex marriages, although Vermont does allow civil unions. The Massachusetts supreme court struck down a ban on same sex unions  in Nov 2003 and turned the issue over to state lawmakers.  The 1996 Defense of Marriage act effectively bars the Federal Government from recognizing same sex unions, but marriages are certified by states not the Federal Government.  Here is a state by state look.


Posted 04/05/2004 by Marvin L Stewart   

Bro. Keith your commentary on this Demonic issue is right on the money. Continue to stand in the gap for the righteousness of the Institution of Marriage as God created it to be. 


Jesus taught on this subject matter as he was facing conflict with the religious leaders of the day. Jesus taught about Marriage and Divorce as we read Matt. 19:4-6. Jesus makes the following statement "Haven't you read the Scriptures?" Jesus replied. "They record that from the beginning 'God made them male and female.'* And he said , This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.'* Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together." This Scripture supports Dr. King statement when he said, "A just law (civil) squares with the moral law of God; an unjust law is out of harmony with the moral law." Bro. Keith I'll close with quotation from Winston Churchill When a Nation turns from the truth no matter how strong it might be it cannot stand. There is a progressive element in this nation that is seeking to undermine this nation, otherwise known as the Democratic National Committee.

Posted 04/20/2004 by Dolores H  

Negative wasted time and energy, obviously motivated by hate, falsely justified by Christianity, a religion of love

Thanks for your comment Dolores... God is a God of love.  In fact He loves the world so much that "while we were sinners Christ Died for us... while we were still enemies  we were reconciled by the death of Christ"  It's hard to believe that someone would die in the place of a good man, but Christ went the extra mile and "died for the ungodly."  (Romans 5:6-10)  And that is exactly the point of God's love - that sin and ungodliness were so repulsive to God that HE would rather die than let US keep living like that.  God loves us so much and homosexuality is so  damaging to those who practice it and to society that he was willing to go to extreme measures (death on the cross) to save every kind of sinner  from the sin, guilt, sorrow and sadness of a life away from God that accompanies all sinful lifestyles.  The greatness and depth of God's  love is demonstrated by the fact that he loves people who are repulsive to him!  Not just people who might be nice or good.  If God's love was described as accepting all of us without concern about how any of us act, we would call that complacency and apathy, but not love.  "Go ahead run out in front of a speeding car, it makes no difference to me." But he does care how we act.  And in fact that's what makes love what it is.  God loves me so much he wants to save me from the speeding car - no matter what label or sin it is.  That's why he sent Jesus.  That is love!

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