The Secular Danger—Redefining Morality
Secular thought in today's society would destroy the family. In the next few weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will make its decision as to whether states can decide if marriage remains only between a man and woman, or whether in their lofty view it’s time to change that millennia-old institution. The prospects are not encouraging. Responding to a question posed to the justices of that august body in April of this year pertaining to same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, “I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?” (See this)
Uhhh, because that's what marriage is?
I guess the other 111 Supreme Court justices that have served on that Constitution mandated bench since 1789 just weren’t astute enough to come up with that mind-boggling piece of logic. Of course, this whole same sex marriage thing isn’t really about discrimination or rights or tolerance or homophobia or so-called equality or whatever the latest nickel-dime term its advocates want to use. It’s about the secularization of our society. The unmistakable intent of powerful people to remove the influence of religion and its humanity-preserving mores from playing any significant role in our culture.
This movement’s been going on for a long time. We’ve watched, one by one, social laws that were in place to curtail immoral actions removed from being prosecutable offenses in the name of progress and tolerance. The list of it’s-now-okay-to-do stuff is lengthening: adultery, carnality, pornography, fornication, and most repugnant of all, "convenience" abortion. These once universally condemned behaviors are not only not illegal now, they are fostered and even promoted in literature, in media, and by all politically correct pundits. And if you dare raise your intolerant, intemperate, discrimination-laced voice to decry the immoral nature of these debasing acts, you’re an angel of the devil.
Whoops, I forgot. There is no devil.
With the current secular attack on religion and morality, aka same sex marriage, its proponents don't let aggravating laws that the people have established get in their way. They just disregard them. Like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown did when Proposition 8 defining marriage between a man and a woman was passed several years ago by a significant majority of the people. They refused to enforce it or defend it in the courts. Secularization driven judges took it from there. For them, the rule of law is passé and only applies when they are in agreement with whatever’s on the books. Otherwise, they just modify (or cancel) the law to conform to their, I’m-doing-what’s-best-for-you, mentality.
We’ve heard that approach to saving all of us somewhere before haven’t we? Skip the law. Ignore the will of the people. I'll be your savior.
I hope my obvious cynicism here doesn’t distract from the seriousness of what I’m saying. All of the moral aberrations we have witnessed and are currently witnessing with the promotion—and that’s what it is—of same sex immorality, have one grand objective.
Destroy the family.
That’s what Satan has been about from the git-go. The family is how we become as our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. In fact, it defines them! It is the only means whereby the immortality and eternal life of man can be brought about. No wonder Lucifer is so intent on its destruction.
Yes, this issue before the Supreme Court is far more than a question of equality or discrimination. It is a question of what the role of morality will be in our society. It is a question of the preservation of the family.
Commenting on the recent vote in the Republic of Ireland authorizing gay marriage, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state said, “I think you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity. The family remains at the center and we have to do everything to defend it and promote it. Hitting it would be like taking the foundations away from the building of the future.” (See this)
This good man sees clearly the grave danger that our entire civilization is in as the secular forces of what I would term the neo-Nehors seek to undermine the very foundation of viable society. Nehorism was the no-fault immorality insurance of those seeking to destroy the Christ-focused Nephite society. There is no sin, it proclaimed. Therefore, there is no right, no wrong. One is justified in becoming a law unto oneself. And the family and sacrificing and striving to become one with each other is relegated to obsolescence.
For the secular, the only sin is telling me I’m sinning.
I believe Cardinal Parolin’s plea for us to do everything we can to preserve the family is a courageous clarion call to arms. For me personally it means I need to make my voice heard, my vote count, and most important to redouble my efforts in strengthening my own family through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
To do less, I think, is to let a moral based society get run over by the secular bus and to pave the way for a totalitarian intolerance that may well be a type of the prophesied latter-day abomination of desolation.