Back in the WiFi parking lot! Well, actually I came in this time and am sitting in the McDonalds enjoying a (horribly) sweet iced tea and waiting for my iPhone software to update. I needed to get out and update the Branson Festival website with housing options and this was the place to do it! (Please forgive an increase in typos, by the way. It seems to happen every time I use my wife’s Mac!)
So, while the phone finishes downloading and installing, I decided to “cruise the news” and came across an item on Yahoo! (actually the Associated Press) making much ado of former governor and 2008 presidential contender Mike Huckabee’s comments concerning legalizing homosexual marriage. Read it yourself here: “Huckabee likens gay marriage to incest, polygamy.”
Now, I don’t know if Mr. Huckabee is planning a 2012 run, but let me simply say, “Kudos!” It seems few who have public attention are willing to make the obvious points that he does. If we can change the definition of “marriage” to include two men or two women, then what is to prevent it from being changed to one man and two women? Or two men and one woman? Or brother and sister? How would an argument that justifies allowing the former circumstances not also justify allowing the latter circumstances?
Some would say that all of those circumstances should be allowed and that none of them should be forbidden. These are those who would rather society be done with marriage and moral discernment in sexuality altogether (at least among adults). Some would say that the later things should not be allowed because they are still socially unacceptable. Of course, “still” is the operative word, here, and the same could have been said of homosexual relationships not too long ago in this country. These are those who believe that morality is not a constant — that it varies based on human whim, which, of course, varies from year to year and generation to generation.
The facts are that our society has plummeted to such an extent that the concept of “sin” is meaningless, and we actually have states taking a word assigned to one of the most beautiful creations of God — marriage — and applying it to perversion, without distinction between the clean and the unclean and between the sacred and the profane (cf. Ezekiel 44:23).
Of course, this is simply the meeting of two trends of societal degradation: degradation of the esteem with which marriage is held (“no fault” divorces, etc., “living together” as an equal alternative, etc.), and degradation of the regard with which sexuality is held (the detachment of sex from marriage, the view of sex that treats it as a “biological toy,” the idea that moral sexual boundaries are prudish and unnecessarily restrictive, etc.).
Actually, in light of what God has to say about the matter, Mr. Huckabee’s comments are quite tame and far less than what the nation’s plight calls for. Yet, compared with his fellow politicians (or former politicians) and talking heads, his willingness to be clear and straightforward is a breath of fresh air.