Thursday, June 27, 2013

No Consequences

   Maybe it's strange, but the rulings made by the Supreme Court yesterday forced me to think of two things: My dad and microwaves. You see, he's sometimes used a microwave as an example of how our culture thinks things should happen: quickly. Don't wanna wait for the oven to cook something? Zap it in the microwave. Similarly, don't wanna wait for the postman to deliver a message? Just zip out an email. My generation is not used to waiting for anything. We want it, and we want it NOW--regardless of the quality, meaning, or consequence.
   Microwaves are cool and all, and I in no way mean this to be a post about the positives and negatives of using a microwave but the truth is, the microwave is not the best way to cook something. Microwaves zap out nutrients from their food. And let's face it....emails carry very little meaning. We get letters in the mail and think wow, this person put time and thought and energy into send this. Emails...well...they just ooze the idea of convenience.

   Our culture thinks very little of consequence and it was screamed loudly from the rooftops yesterday. Everyone, it seems, is just over the moon about the Supreme Courts rulings on DOMA. I could hardly escape it from my news or RSS feeds. There was nary a whisper of the consequences of the rulings both politically and culturally.

   Okay, so, Prop 8 (stating that marriage is between a man and a woman) was struck down. This seems like a victory to those who want marriage to be redefined as....well....I'm not sure what. Redefined as a union between whoever? A union between two people? A union between a man and three women? A 60 year old man and a 12 year old boy? I shudder to think that there are varied answers on this but anyway, those who support "same sex marriage" view the ruling against Prop 8 as a win but whatever political or moral side you stand on, the fact that 5 people can overrule a law brought into being by the majority should scare you. The Supreme Court was never designed to have this kind of power. Essentially, the American idea that the people should be able to say what happens in the country is being decimated, one major court ruling at a time.

   Ah, but my generation, they don't see this. All they see is their friends, the minority, getting what they want, in this moment, and how "happy" their homosexual friends supposedly are. This is because those who live only for the pursuit of their momentary happiness know nothing of consequence--yet. Momentary happiness doesn't ask, but what next?

   And what is next? If marriage can be redefined, why not redefine it again, for those who find their happiness in plural marriages? Incest marriage? On what grounds do we judge them and withhold from them their "happiness"? And if 5 people can say "No" to what the majority votes for, do we the people actually have a voice anymore? What do we vote for? What if the tables were turned and the majority voted in support of gay "marriage" and 5 "justices" overturned their vote? What would be shouted from the rooftops then?

  I can't help but think of Roe V. Wade. Ah, the dancing on the rooftops. The "freedom". The bloodshed of millions of babies now on our hands--the consequences of the "sexual revolution." Could we have known then what the abortion industry would look like now? If mothers could see their babies faces in utero like we can now, what would have happened way back then?

  Mostly I can't help but think of Paul, and what he wrote in the book of Romans,

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, tothe dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:18-27, ESV)

We are living this, right now. It's happening right in front of us. Our culture might not believe in consequences, but I would suggest the consequences are already here.