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February 1, 2014

Viewpoint: It is government's role to protect social order

No topic has grabbed the American media like “same-sex marriage.” It is the new “civil rights” movement. In fact, when the debate over homosexual unions was reframed in the light of “civil rights”, the discussion no longer included questions regarding morality, social values, or long-term consequences. It became a battle for personal rights frequently compared to the evolving struggle reflected in black history.

As a Christian minister I have to analyze the subject from two perspectives. First, the Bible exposes it as sin. When God gave the Law to Moses He commanded, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22). The apostle Paul instructed, “Do you not know the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God...nor men who practice homosexuality…” (I Cor. 6:9). Writing to Timothy, the Apostle made a similar statement (I Tim. 1:9-10).

There is another perspective we need to consider; that is, the social perspective. Our communities are filled with people who violate the basic precepts of Scripture. Yet, we do not require our legislators to pass laws against various forms of immorality. For example, adulterers can marry.

The basis of the social perspective rests in the importance of the traditional family (husband, wife, children) to the overall health of society. When the family begins to unravel, social problems multiply. For example, recent studies have shown that 72 percent of black births are to unwed mothers. How does this effect the black community? Statistics released by the NAACP state, “... If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime … African-Americans and Hispanics comprised 58 percent of all prisoners in 2008 ...” Let’s take another illustration, 66 percent of Native American births were to unwed mothers. According to the Indian Health Services the rate of alcoholism among Native Americans is six times greater than the US average.

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