I was born in 1950 with several medical problems including neurological complications and a cleft lip and palate, which required immediate treatment and isolation from my mother – literally from the moment of birth. My sudden and violent separation from her resulted in two emotional (read: psychological) conditions universally recognized and validated by Christian and secular psychotherapeutic professions: separation anxiety and defensive detachment.
From Robert A.J. Gagnon: Coming
soon to a locale near you, thanks to supporters of homosexual practice
around the world: "Advocating for the right of consenting adults to
share and enjoy love, sex, residence, and marriage without limits on the
gender [= homosexual practice], number [= polygamy of all shapes,
heterosexual and homosexual], or relation [= incest] of participants.
Full marriage equality is a basic human right." Arguments by proponents
of "gay marriage" are no different from those supporting
adult-consensual polyamory or incest. Indeed, one has to leapfrog over
polyamorous and incestuous unions between consenting adults to validate
the even more extreme violation of sexual ethics known as "gay marriage"
since the twoness of the sexual bond (no polygamy) and the necessity of
embodied complementary otherness (no incest) is predicated ultimately
on a male-female paradigm. As this site says on its headline moniker.
Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements, doesn't lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen.
On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying
about their radical political agenda. She says that they don't want to
access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and
eventually eliminate it.
Pretty telling is this quote from Gessen:
"It's a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to
marry, but I also think equally that it's a no-brainer that the
institution of marriage should not exist. …(F)ighting for gay marriage
generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage
when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is
not going to change, and that is a lie."
To vote for it, to legislate it, to rule in favor of it, to tell your
friends at the office that you think it's just fine—all this is sin. To
support it publicly or privately is to "give approval to those who
practice" the very things that God promises to judge—exactly what we're
told not to do in Romans 1:32.
Further, same-sex marriage embraces a definition of humanity that is
less than human and a definition of love that is less than love. And it
is not freedom from religion that the advocates of same-sex marriage
want; they want to repress one religion in favor of another.
Christians must not go with the flow. They must instead love the
advocates of same-sex marriage better than they love themselves
precisely by refusing to endorse it.
I have some concerns with Marco Rubio, but I think at heart he is a pro-US, pro-liberty conservative who has simply to be corrected on a number of premises he’s adopted along the way, after which his message will resonate more completely with constitutionalists who remain dubious. In the meanwhile, I like this.
"Romantic love is blind to everything except what is lovable and lovely, but Christ's love sees us with terrible clarity and sees us whole. Christ's love so wishes our joy that it is ruthless against everything in us that diminishes our joy. The worst sentence Love can pass is that we behold the suffering which Love has endured for our sake, and that is also our acquittal. The justice and mercy of the judge are ultimately one." - Frederick Buechner
“THE terrible danger at the heart of our Society is that the tests are giving way. We are altering, not the evils, but the standard of good which is the only standard by which any evil can be detected and defined.” ~G.K. Chesterton
Keep your eyes on the prince of peace, the one who doesn't cling to his divine power; the one who refuses to turn stones into bread, jump from great heights and rule with great power; the one who says, "Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; blessed are the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness" (see Matt. 5:3-11); the one who touches the lame, the crippled, and the blind; the one who speaks words of forgiveness and encouragement; the one who dies alone, rejected and despised. Keep your eyes on him who becomes poor with the poor, weak with the weak, and who is rejected with the rejected. He is the source of all peace.
Where is this peace to be found? The answer is clear. In weakness. First of all, in our own weakness, in those places of our hearts where we feel most broken, most insecure, most in agony, most afraid. Why there? Because there our familiar ways of controlling our world are being stripped away; there we are called to let go from doing much, thinking much, and relying on our self-sufficiency. Right there where we are weakest the peace which is not of this world is hidden.
In Adam's name I say to you, "Claim that peace that remains unknown to so many and make it your own. Because with that peace in your heart you will have new eyes to see and new ears to hear and gradually recognize that same peace in places you would have least expected."
Adam's Story: The Peace That Is Not Of This World, Henri J.M. Nouwen.