“Same Sex ‘Marriage’ isn’t” – Southern Baptists

June 21, 2012

The Southern Baptists tell it like it is. Not always and not perfectly but they understand the role of religion in a free society.

Fox News quotes from the Baptists’ findings on same sex “marriage.”

marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”

It acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience “unique struggles” but declares that they lack the “distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections.”

I’m reminded of the Catholic Church’s official teaching on homosexuality.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

see http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_P85.HTM

Also I’ve posted about this previously April 2009.
I’ll say this just so it gets said.  God made all people.  Some are attracted to people of the same-sex.  (and some  have disordered attractions to all manner of things).  That is not bad or good; only acting on these disordered attractions is wrong.  This doesn’t in anyway affect the Church’s – or any decent thinking person’s – love for them as God’s created handiwork.  The Church uniformly tells us also to absolutely love these people.

A religious argument for action

December 18, 2009

This is interesting and well written.  From a Christian and Catholic perspective the purpose of social activism is to reform the society to better reflect the Truth of how God made us.  Even without accepting this premise the content of this essay is enlightening and wise.

All the problems that we see today in society and in our church can be traced to these three fundamental strategies. It is the basis of the politically correct movement and of the heresy of individualism. These strategies are the fuel that powers feminism, the engine that drives liberalism, and the vehicle of the post-modern worldview that dominates our world today and that contaminates the Church.

These three secret strategies are:

  • All opinions are equal
  • Never judge anyone
  • Never step on toes
  •  read the entire essay at:  http://www.saint-mike.org/warfare/library/wp-content/docs/secret.pdf

    “Moral” killing – a fallacy part2

    November 14, 2009

    From the Jan 25, 1995 issue of  Christian Century by David P. Gushee

    Whatever their views on abortion, Christians need to understand the forces behind abortion-related violence and move rapidly to offer a response.

    …Thus, Christians may be not only morally permitted but morally obligated to protect innocent lives by preventing abortion through the use of violence. That is the argument.

    and then clearly states:

    In the context of a commitment to the sacredness of human life from conception, and in the context of opposition to the current state of abortion law in the U.S., we nonetheless unequivocally rejected the use of violence to achieve desired change.

    I contended:* (1) The use of intentional premeditated lethal force by private citizens to defend the innocent from harm is morally unjustifiable.

    * (2) However one describes the innocent, it is clearly unjustifiable to use lethal force in their defense when such defense could have been achieved through nonlethal means–means which are unambiguously available today through the moral, legal and nonviolent forms of pro-life activities. The absence of nonlethal means, moreover, does not in itself provide suffcient warrant for using lethal force to protect the innocent.

    * (3) The killing of abortion doctors does not constitute a meaningful defense of unborn life, because the woman seeking the abortion drives the process, not the doctor. Thus if we really seek to prevent abortion, we will lovingly provide the pregnant woman with appropriate support and viable alternatives to abortion.

    * (4) The use of lethal force is not justifiable as a form of privately initiated capital punishment, as some have claimed.

    * (5) The killing of abortion doctors is not morally legitimate as an act of civil disobedience.

    * (6) The use of lethal force cannot be viewed as an act of resistance to a government which has lost its legitimacy by permitting abortion. The U.S. government retains its legitimacy, and Christians should continue to seek redress through the political system.

    * (7) The transition from nonviolent to violent forms of action for sociallegal change is a perilous and almost always morally unjustifiable step, particularly in a functioning democracy.

    * (8) The resort to violence as a means leads to a morally disastrous shift of ends, the focus of the activist becoming the destruction of wrongdoers rather than the prevention of wrongs.

    * (9) A social movement’s resort to violence tends to escalate rapidly. The strict limits imposed by just war type thinking are supplanted by crusade-like approaches leading to ever more indiscriminate violence.

    * (10) The resort to violence is indisputably hurting the cause of the pro-life movement.


    A biblical defense of Life

    May 10, 2009

    Participants at the Topix forum have asked for biblical mandate opposing abortion. Of course, the very simplest would be the fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill; however, some of the pro-“choicers” on that site are adamant that the preborn child is not a person (she is human, she is alive, they acknowledge, but they insist that she is deprived of personhood until she is born), and so they are not satisfied with those four direct words. Therefore, it becomes necessary to take a deeper look into the Christian scriptures to examine how we come to the conclusion that abortion is never justified

    Our respect for the sanctity of human life finds its provenance in Genesis 1-3, where God creates man(kind) in His own image – male and female. This creation, this “Theology of the Body” gives an inherent dignity and worth to every human being, from the moment of conception to natural death.
    With this creation, too, comes the command to “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:28) From this, in the very early history of humankind, pregnancy is recognized among the righteous as a sign of God’s favor and blessing; infertility, childlessness, is seen as a rebuke and a sign of reproach and judgment. –  (Ex. 23:26, Deut. 7:14, I Sam. 1:18-20, II Sam. 6:23, II Kings 4:14-17, Hos 9:11, Lk 1:7, 13. 57)

    Sarah, wife of Abraham, laughs when she overhears the messenger of the Lord telling her husband that within a year she will bear a son, after many, many years’ childlessness – and it is important to note that conception is associated with sexual pleasure, here (Gen. 15:13) Other women who are grieved in their infertility are Rebekah (Gen. 25:21), Rachel (Gen. 30), the unnamed wife of Manoah (Samson’s mother – Judges 13), Hannah (I Sam. 1:18-20), the Shunamite woman (II Kings 4:14-17), and in the New Testament, Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Lk 1)

    Jewish law recognized the dignity of the unborn, in providing legal remedy for the loss of a child through miscarriage, when said miscarriage was the result of others’ actions (Ex. 21:22-25)

    Now – it is critically important to recognize this: the deliberate killing of one’s children, including abortion, is identified throughout Scripture as a pagan practice.  When the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob repeatedly tells Israel in the Law, “I am the Lord your God…” He is reminding them that, as His people, they are to live in such a way as demonstrates His distinctive identity from the myriad of gods worshipped by all the world around them.

    In fact, there were two major distinctives that set Israel apart from the pagan world: the restriction of sexual activity to heterosexual monogamy (in which Israel, even her kings, failed terribly, but this becomes the standard against the pagan civilizations which practiced all manner of sexual licentiousness, which was expressly forbidden to Israel) and the prohibition of human sacrifice – violations of both being identified by some of the strongest condemnation in the Scriptures: an abomination.

    The practice of human sacrifice associated with worship of false gods and prohibited by the God of the Hebrews is noted in Lev. 20:1-5, Deut. 12:31, II Kings 3:26-27 and 23:10, II Chr. 28:3, and Jer. 19:5.

    Some of the posters at Topix are insisting that Christianity never prohibited abortion. This will take other research into the writings on the topic by the Apostolic Fathers and others, and will have to wait.

    However, we have a keen example of how abortion is not an acceptable course of action in the story of David and Bathsheba  (II Samuel 11). Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite, a commander in David’s army and his friend. David gets the hots for Bathsheba, seduces her and she becomes pregnant. What David does is despicable – he calls Uriah home from his military duties, hoping Uriah can be persuaded, later, to think the baby is his own. But Uriah – that noble hero – refuses even to go to his own house, saying it is not right (read the chapter to find out why). David’s desperate – he tries everything, even getting Uriah drunk,  and when he fails to get Uriah in his marital bed, he sends Uriah to the very front lines, where in the heat of battle that man is killed.

    Now – had abortion been an acceptable alternative, as some of the Topix posters have insisted, it would have been a simple matter for David to arrange it, yes? After all, he is the king; he gets to dictate whatever he wants and no one dares to question him. No one would ever have been the wiser. A simple, tidy remedy for a sticky, humiliating situation. But an abortion is not pursued.

    We also have the Psalmist’s sense of being known by God from the time before his birth – Psalm 139: 13-16

    ... my frame was not hidden from Thee…
    Thine eyes have seen my unformed sbustance;
    and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me,
    when as yet there was not one of them.

    But the single most important reason for Christians to oppose abortion is the Incarnation. In Isaiah 7:14, we see the prophecy, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmauel: God with us.” – “And the Word was made flesh…” (Jn 1:14) That prophecy, we believe, was fulfilled and noted in Luke 1.  God, in the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, was conceived by Mary. He grew in her womb as all babies do, and this Incarnation – this taking on of human flesh – so greatly dignifies our humanity, even before we are born, that it is impossible for us to support the termination of life through abortion.

    Even Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth, gives witness to the unique personhood of the life in the womb. Hers has been a miraculous conception, occurring at an age where she had given up all hope. And when Mary comes to visit her, when she is late in her pregnancy, she greets Mary with a profound affirmation.

    She recognizes Mary as “The Mother of my Lord” and says, “When the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.” The pre-born John the Baptist demonstrates his own personhood in recognizing the voice of the Mother of God and the approach of her Child –

    Archbishop Dolan speaks out on abortion, marriage –

    April 24, 2009

    A fantastic interview with the New York Post – complete with video – is an intelligent discussion of the major issues facing Catholics in society today.

    For example, while calling abortion “intrinsically evil,” Dolan cited the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities arm for advancing a “pro-life” message by operating a nursery for babies born to inmates at the Bedford Hills women’s prison in Westchester County, which he visited this week.

    “That’s pro-life at its best, and that’s where we gain credibility for our message — if we are giving the kind of creative, life-giving alternative to what we call the ‘culture of death,’ ” Dolan said. “So it’s not just that we’re constantly condemning something, it’s that we’re proposing an alternative.”

    God bless the man! An intelligent discussion of morality from a universal philosophical perspective – and the reporter asks some decent questions, too. Good interview.

    Abortion, Liberalism and the War on Creativity

    January 30, 2009


    From a Catholic blog, Catholic Prodigal Daughter – well worth reading the whole thing.

    …This past week, it came to me that abortion isn’t just about killing off those babies who are “inconvenient.” It is a strategy straight from the pit of hell to destroy mankind. I saw a connection between those who politically feel it is “for the common good” to control society by placing government as the sole source of supply; and the attempt to stifle creativity by killing off what can be seen as human capital.

    Satan hates creativity. He hates it with such viciousness that he will do everything in his power to destroy it – for in destroying creativity, he destroys life. The two – life and creativity – are inextricably joined. One cannot survive well without the other. For instance, to live freely is to have the opportunity to exercise your creativity. To be creative, fully creative, you must be aware of living. As an artist, I know that I am most creative when I am aware of my surroundings and thoughts. Artists create from their interpretation of life. An artist’s heart sings the purest when she is completing perfectly the vision that is in her soul.

    Think of all the songs that have been sung! The songs yet to be sung! Then think of all those unborn babies, whose voices have been silenced; never having been given the chance to sing or teach someone else how to sing….

    Thanks, Mary Rose, for a very thought-provoking post.

    Bismarck Diocese Joins FOCA opposition

    January 19, 2009

    From the Bismarck Tribune:

    The Bismarck Catholic Diocese, along with other dioceses throughout the U.S., will participate in the “Fight FOCA Postcard Campaign” beginning Jan. 24-25.

    In Bismarck, volunteers will gather at the Church of the Ascension on Monday to insert postcards and information about the campaign into approximately 24,000 Dakota Catholic Action newspapers, which are sent to every Catholic household in the diocese, which covers roughly western North Dakota.

    The Fight FOCA Postcard Campaign has been organized to oppose attempts in Congress to pass the Freedom of Choice Act or other similar abortion-related legislation, diocesan officials said.

    The campaign is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment.

    Among those at the Ascension volunteer effort Monday will be Bishop Paul Zipfel, Sister Susan Lardy, vice president of Mission Effectiveness and chair of the Ethics Committee at St. Alexius Medical Center, and Christopher Dodson, executive director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference.

    Thanks to Mary T for sending this information.