Saturday, August 2, 2014

Defining marriage down

Under the cover of chaos created by the overreaching, overstretched technocratic state, California redefines marriage as a contract between two consenting breathers:

The terms “husband” and “wife” have been deleted from California’s marriage law under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The terms will be replaced with “spouse” to accommodate same-sex marriage, which became legal in the state last year after the Supreme Court struck down a voter-approved ban on it.

Technically, the Court refused to rule on the case due to the plaintiff’s lack of standing—a bizarre situation brought about by California officials’ refusal to defend the law—thereby tacitly upholding Judge Vaughn Walker’s quackery.

Attorney General Eric Holder approves, and he is running with court precedent to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act his office is supposed to execute, in order to bring the states into line with federally endorsed hedonism. President Barack Obama chuckles:

During a trip to Texas last week, a cashier at a barbecue restaurant where Obama visited urged “equal rights for gay people” during his conversation with the president.

“Are you gay?” Obama asked, according to the Austin Chronicle.

“Only when I’m having sex!” the cashier responded, drawing a laugh—and fist bump—from the president.

The cashier’s joke is instructive. Sex is behavioral, not a permanent “orientation.” Whatever you want to do, you can do it or not do it.

Re: orientation, Albert Mohler rebuts Matthew Vines, the guy who, in an attempt to keep the Church relevant to a reactionary culture, rationalizes radically reinterpreting the Bible’s teaching about sexual immorality and marriage. Mohler writes in part:

Again and again, Vines comes back to sexual orientation as the key issue. “The Bible doesn’t directly address the issue of same-sex orientation,” he insists. The concept of sexual orientation “didn’t exist in the ancient world.” Amazingly, he then concedes that the Bible’s “six references to same-sex behavior are negative,” but insists, again, that “the concept of same-sex behavior in the Bible is sexual excess, not sexual orientation.”

Here we face the most tragic aspect of Matthew Vines’s argument. If the modern concept of sexual orientation is to be taken as a brute fact, then the Bible simply cannot be trusted to understand what it means to be human, to reveal what God intends for us sexually, or to define sin in any coherent manner. The modern notion of sexual orientation is, as a matter of fact, exceedingly modern. It is also a concept without any definitive meaning. Effectively, it is used now both culturally and morally to argue about sexual attraction and desire. As a matter of fact, attraction and desire are the only indicators upon which the modern notion of sexual orientation are premised.

When he begins his book, Matthew Vines argues that experience should not drive our interpretation of the Bible. But it is his experience of what he calls a gay sexual orientation that drives every word of this book. It is this experiential issue that drives him to relativize text after text and to argue that the Bible really doesn’t speak directly to his sexual identity at all, since the inspired human authors of Scripture were ignorant of the modern gay experience.

Of what else were they ignorant? Vines claims to hold to a “high view” of the Bible and to believe that “all of Scripture is inspired by God and authoritative for my life,” but the modern concept of sexual orientation functions as a much higher authority in his thinking and in his argument.

This leads to a haunting question. What else does the Bible not know about what it means to be human? If the Bible cannot be trusted to reveal the truth about us in every respect, how can we trust it to reveal our salvation?

A hundred years ago, satirist Ambrose Bierce wrote marriage is “a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all two.” Antebellum South aside, slavery is underrated. There is great pleasure and freedom in the one-flesh bonds of men and women in marriage, as well as man and God in Jesus.

To symbolize this, a couple is usually married at an altar. An altar is where you make sacrifices to God. At a wedding, the official starting point of marriage, husband and wife sacrifice themselves to unity with each other.

The meaning of marriage is lost on our consumptive culture. Marriage is not about getting sex, status, legitimacy, etc. Marriage is about giving. Ignorance of this impoverishes love and its offspring.

Apropos of marriage, John C. Wright talks about the best sex you can have:

Since sex is ordered toward reproduction, you have to love the woman first, and want her to be the mother of your children, and want it more than you want life itself. Since sex is spiritual, you have to protect your children and your wife and make them safe. Your wife cannot be made safe if you are allowed to abandon her. Hence, since sex is ordered toward reproduction, you must swear, swear by Holy God and your hope of heaven, never to leave her, but to love and cherish her, in sickness and health, for better or worse, until nothing less than horrid death itself you do part.

For her part, she must vow to love and honor and obey.

And if you do not understand about that obey part, you do not understand women. She wants a leader, an alpha male, a chief, a Christ, and you must be willing to die for her as Christ was willing to die for you, or she will not feel secure in your love. If she does not swear to obey, you are not a couple, not a dyad, not a unit, but are still two sovereigns dealing with each other at arm’s length, not intimate, and she cannot trust you fully, cannot love you fully, not with a divine and self-sacrificing love. And she knows you don’t love her fully, not with a love that is more than madness, more than sense, more than the universe.

Have you ever heard of a love like this? Love larger than the universe?

You have never heard of romance, except as a silly myth that does not exist in real life? Never heard about true love, except as a punchline? Never heard of love that makes the angels blush red as the planet Mars in October? Love that makes hell tremble? Never heard a rumor about it?

No? This is because you’ve been lied-to your whole life.

Sex is spiritual because sex is divine.

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