Sunday I had a “brother” at church call me an extremist for my position against gay marriage and refuse to shake my hand. Now, if I have my facts right, no other nation or people in the records of earthly history have ever allowed those involved in deviate sexual relations (in reference to the way God made us) to marry. Marriage was for the protection of the family including the children of those so married and is ordained by our creator.
Is it just me or is it that the person calling me an extremist is the extremist on the wrong side of the issue?
Then along comes Jeremy Westbrook in another paper who denigrates Conservative Christians and their views and writing that we should keep “religion out of politics.” His insinuation is that his position is the old position and Conservative Christians positions are new.
President John Adams once said, “We have no government armed with power, capable of contending with human passions that are unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
The constitution only works for a righteous people. In 1787 George Washington said, “The propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained.”
Those like the Viewpoint writer have no firm basis for their “morality.” It is really a feel good “morality” and whatever makes one happy standard.
Our Founding Fathers understood something that we seem to have forgotten as a nation. That is that there is a direct connection between the righteousness of a nation and the blessings of God upon that nation. The security of a nation is directly tied to the purity of a nation. America was established as a great and mighty nation for no other reason than she was a nation born in righteousness and a nation with a profound trust in God. That might be why the Ten Commandments hang throughout the Capitol and in the Supreme Court and religious reference abound. As it was then, so it is today, and so shall it be forevermore. It is righteousness that establishes and upholds a nation, and it is wickedness which abolishes a nation.
That is something we used to know as a nation and it is what we should remind ourselves today— “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34).
So let us remember who the extremists really are in these situations and recognize what long standing and God ordained righteous positions they want to ignore or throw out or deny.
Dallas D. Erickson