|Remarks on Righteousness
|The following appears on the Columbus Dispatch website today:
Senate gay-marriage bill rolls on to defeat
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
WASHINGTON — The constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is headed toward certain defeat
today, despite a fresh appeal for passage by President Bush.
The nation's opinions on homosexuality have changed over the past several decades. Those
of us who are old enough to remember thirty years ago, would "gay marriage" have been
considered a controversial issue?
I still remember the first gay couple I saw showing open affection for each other. It was my
senior year in high school at a fast food establishment a friend of mine was managing. I was
in shock. They were classmates of mine in a small town high school. I mention this to show
that the underlying problem of "gay marriage" is not a big city, or a west coast phenomena.
Homosexuality is a reality even in small town America.
A concentrated effort has been made in the USA to make homosexuality appear to be an
acceptable lifestyle, whether by choice or by birth. It has been effective. That is why the
constitutional amendment is quite possibly going down to defeat.
What has allowed this to happen?
My opinion is: a change in the perception of what the Bible is in the opinion of the public.
Where once the Bible was read by almost everyone; it is now read rarely. Where once the
Bible was considered the inspired, inerrant word of God (2 Timothy 3:16); now doubt has crept
in even amongst religious people. Thus, the morals of the Bible, although once considered
the ultimate authority, are now mere suggestions as to what might be right or wrong. Even
"churches" have opened the door to the acceptance of homosexuality, flying in the face of clear
Biblical condemnation (Romans 1: ; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
The question is: What do you think about the morals of the Bible? What do you think about
the Bible? Is the Bible the word of God? Is the Bible the final word in what is right and
wrong? Do you follow your convictions?
"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to
build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." [Acts 20:
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