Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Monstrous Moral Leviathan - By Doug Mainwaring

Having grown up within a mile of the Beltway during the Cold War, the greatest fear dominating my childhood and adolescence was that I might one day look up and see a brilliant mushroom cloud rising over DC. At the time, it never occurred to me that the biggest threat to our nation would come not from a foreign enemy, but from within the halls of power in our nation’s capital. 
Our government Leviathan is very real and has grown to previously unimaginable proportions. Its ever-increasing reach seems to know no bounds. And what was once perceived to be Leviathan's mostly fiscal threat to the health and well-being of our nation is now a monstrous moral threat.  
Leviathan's vast bureaucracies are now its foot soldiers, who have busied themselves with weaponizing executive edicts, errant court rulings and out-of-control regulatory powers against all who disagree with our Ruling Elites never-ending social/moral engineering experimentation.
When will a critical mass of Americans of every race, creed, and color wake up and recognize Leviathan’s hot breath on the napes of all our necks, and finally exclaim, once and for all, “Enough is enough?”………….             

A blanket of dullness, darkness and depravity has been settling over our nation and the rest of the ‘civilized’ world for a hundred years, eclipsing light and truth for many. And while we might correctly recognize evidence of this as it plays out in society – in popular culture, in politics, in our judiciary, in our educational system – the real battle begins and resides elsewhere: What we now see happening is occurring because Christians have allowed their own minds to become dull, darkened, and depraved. We’ve allowed this to happen, not out of malice toward God or bad intentions, but because our dull minds have resulted in weak wills and a weakened, impotent, often confusing and contradictory witness to the Gospel – a cafeteria Gospel, an a la carte form of faith which allows us to embrace the simple and easy while steering clear of that which is more difficult and challenging, requiring thought and determination, honest self-examination and change.
The fact is, whatever the battle for religious liberty was preceding Obergfell, it was a more manageable one until the lie of the century -- or the euphemism of the century, if you will -- was enshrined by the Supreme Court.  This has been followed by an avalanche of moral consequences. Now tyranny is at our doorstep. Just ask certain bakers, florists, photographers, reception hall and B&B proprietors.  Just ask children who are held in contempt by bureaucrats in our school systems if they refuse to share bathrooms with members of the opposite sex. They’ll tell you it’s true………..

Our stories are not based on “reparative therapy,” so-called attempts to “pray away the gay,” or other efforts to change sexual orientation. Rather, we fully accept the reality of our same-sex attractions and fully affirm our individual self-worth, just as we are. We also attest that our attractions do not dictate our relationships. While we may not have a choice about our attractions, we do have a choice about our relationships. And rather than choose the now culturally acceptable and popularly celebrated “traditional” same-sex relationship, we instead have chosen marriage to a woman.
Here’s what the proponents of same-sex marriage and the many who have passively accepted its arrival may never be able to comprehend: Sex within marriage is about generously giving of ourselves, not taking what our eyes and minds covet. I would rather live freely according to reason, in harmony with the universe, than as a prisoner living according to the dictates of nothing more than hormone-triggered impulses.
The Supreme Court has now finalized and federalized the message -- that for the same-sex attracted, marriage to a member of the opposite sex is an impossibility, even meaningless, and only same-sex marriage can bring gays and lesbians the personal and family fulfillment and happiness that is the universal desire of the human heart.  

That one-size-fits-all message is false, yet this is what five members of the court have set in stone. The bright shining light of natural law is there for all to see, as it was for the authors of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as for every single major world religion and tradition throughout human history, yet last year five sets of eyes turned their gaze away from that bright light, as if truth had been eclipsed, and instead they peered covetously into the surrounding penumbra, dragging marriage -- and the very meaning of male and female -- into a twilight world.

Portions adapted from Doug Mainwaring’s forthcoming book, Marriage, Ground Zero: The Real Battle Dawns. Last year he originated and coauthored an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated same-sex marriage cases (Obergfell v Hodges), popularly known as "Same-Sex Attracted Men and Their Wives". Doug can be reached at