June 18, 2012
The American Spectator's James Antle has some interesting thoughts today about homosexual, or same-sex, "marriage."
Consider the following two quotes from his piece:
... gay marriage is conceivable precisely because heterosexuals have made such a hash out of traditional marriage. It's straights who have separated it from procreation, who have achieved astonishing divorce rates, and who have rested the institution on the tenuous bonds of human affection.
Men, women, and children need an institution that does what marriage does. The question remains how well marriage can perform its vital functions when redefined to make men, women, and children optional.
Yikes. You mean there's more to marriage than affection, contraception, and a ceremony? And that a male father and female mother might actually be important to the well-being of a child?
Novel thoughts, these, in the era of RU-486, "Glee," and Roe v. Wade. Yet the moral philosopher J. Budziszewski wrote a number of years ago, "Nothing new can be written on the heart, but nothing needs to be; all we need is the grace of God to see what is already there." In other words, we know marriage is between one man and one woman, that children need a mom and a dad, and that marriage is about more than joint incomes and cozy retirements.
We can only "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18) so far, and then the conscience "the law written on the heart" (Romans 2:15) rises up and stares directly at us, quite calmly and immovably.