Nov 27, 2008

rant: who's right about rights?

I don't often get into arguments about "This country was founded on _____, so ______" with people. However, I posted this on a friend's blog regarding whether or not government should impose morality on people, especially in light of issues regarding the gay community, marriage, and everything else that combination stirs up.


Unfortunately, any time you have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, you run into the problem of who is the loudest voice. Our heritage has paved the way for marriage to be defined heterosexually, which in many cases stems out of a Judeo-Christian belief. So it isn't a reach to say that morality is a part of government since the people who started the government had a sense of morality to do so.

There was that whole, "What England is doing to us isn't right, so let's have a revolution." This is steeped in morality, is it not?

Since that whole thing is "worked out," why should we be surprised or objectionable when morality continues to be a factor in how we live and govern? Granted, the sinfulness of man keeps creating a snowball of obliviousness to our own blind spots and rationalizations, so why shouldn't we grab back onto the very values that started this country to begin with? Again, values in many cases have their roots in a Judeo-Christian belief?

As a Christian, I have no issue with realizing that the sinfulness of man will always rationalize manufactured rights while only an unchanging God gets to call the shots on what does and doesn't qualify. It's our understanding of God that changes, and sometimes that change isn't always for the better... other times it is.

I wonder which one this is.

Thanks for the dialogue.


As a side note, may we never presume that heterosexual sin isn't as powerfully rippling as homosexual sin. The Good News is that the love and direction of God is more powerful than us all, lest we be stuck in a place that our own weakness couldn't get us out of.