Thursday, May 15, 2014

Right side of God

Ron Fournier says opposing same-sex marriage is a waste of time. Liberals say things like this because they want to help conservatives focus on battles conservatives can win. Balderdash. If liberals thought conservatives were destroying themselves, they would follow Sun Tzu’s advice and let them.

He begins with a (yawn) false equivalence to skin pigment:

Donaldson, the black Baptist minister from St. Louis, wrinkles his nose when I tell him about the gay marriages underway at the nearby courthouse, not to mention what’s happening in the NFL and Idaho. “I’m not for gay marriage,” he seethes. “I’m against what God’s against.”

But, wait. That’s precisely the justification given by segregationist politicians of the civil rights era. In Georgia, Gov. Allen Candler said, “God made them Negroes and we cannot by education make them white folks.” Ross Barnett became Mississippi’s governor in 1960 after claiming that “the good Lord was the original segregationist.”

As much as race/class warfarers would like to believe it, Israel was not, nor is it now, a race. Israel accepted the prostitute Rahab. It accepted Moses’ Midianite wife. It cast out members who worshiped other tribes’ gods and did what was abhorrent in the Lord’s eyes. Israel is a culture of holiness and oneness with God, not a racial hegemony. Israel emphasizes—get this—content of character.

When people attribute to the Bible things that are not in the Bible, Fournier thinks we should ignore the Bible, not the people. That’s illogical, but who needs logic when you’re on the “right side of history”? It’s just filler for Fournier, because “inevitability” is the crux of his non-argument. Ironically he quotes Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who, being a Baptist, believed in the Bible and would be seen as a homophobe today:

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” Martin Luther King said of the fight for racial equality. Five decades later, Donaldson and his wife posed for pictures in front of the Little Rock Nine monument and dismissed the fight for sexual equality. In the not-too-distant future, their views on homosexuality will pass into history. Nobody can stop the arc of justice.

Fournier is too smart to believe violations of the rights of speech and of conscience are just, and he’s too proud to admit we are fraught with evil now as much as we were in the 11th century. One of the great fallacies of modernity is that our ancestors were backward bigots and we’re all better now. But human nature is as flawed as ever. The power grid didn’t save us from original sin. In a way, we are more evil now because of the reach and power we have through quasi-mastery of the material world and the personal autonomy and lack of group accountability that bestows.

The moral universe does not follow a timeline. It begins and ends in God, who is eternal. Ultimate justice is meted out in heaven, not on earth. John in the Book of Revelation exhorted the churches in Asia to keep the faith in the face of Roman persecution, that God would rescue their souls on the day of judgment. Much of King’s language mirrors John’s, especially this quote about the “arc of the moral universe.”

None of that matters without a proper view of justice. When Fournier speaks of “justice,” he does not mean justice for the 56 million babies aborted since 1973. He means equality of sin and virtue, sexual license and the destruction of the family.

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