I’m reading the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling which legalized same-sex marriage, paying particular attention to the dissent portion. The dissent is excellent and all should take the time to read it.
One point brought up concerned the disastrous Dred Scott decision of 1857 which ruled that black people were property of their Southern masters.
Justice Roberts, in his dissent, wrote on page 12 that the “Dred Scott’s holding was overruled on the battlefields of the Civil War and by constitutional amendment after Appomattox…”
In essence, it took a Civil War and the loss of over 600,000 American lives to correct that infamous ruling.
But what, in your opinion, has more importance to our American way of life: slavery or the concept of marriage? Though we all agree that slavery as practiced in our country was a great evil, was that institution—slavery—as important to the continued health of the nation as the institution of marriage?
Clearly not; marriage is the far greater and more important institution because our survival as a nation depends on it: marriage “…forms “the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress…” (Roberts in his dissent, pg. 7)
Here is the frightening paradox: Americans fought and died in a bloody, destructive Civil War to right the wrongs of the evil and misguided Dred Scott decision, but what is America’s attitude toward the far more injurious and potentially catastrophic ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges? Mostly, “business as usual.” On to the next problem.
And this is the crux of our problem in America: we have lost our moral compass, and we cannot see, or we refuse to see, where our priorities as a nation lie. We no longer have an ever growing army of influential single-minded men and women of God who see things clearly, who, like John the Baptist, call the wicked King Herod to repentance for his unlawful marriage to his brother’s wife.
We lack men of conviction in America today, fearless men, men who will not compromise with the fickle world and who are wholly divorced from the allurements and temptations of that world with all of its charms, pleasures and conveniences, who will fearlessly and unreservedly call this erring nation to repentance.
We will not have a Civil War to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. We never did for Roe v. Wade, so why for Obergefell? Because the very heart and soul of America is rotten and compromised, drunk with ease and luxuries, fixated on the natural and temporal, we have no leaders to lead us, no men we can look up to and say, “I will follow you to the death because you represent all that is good, righteous and holy.” We thought that way about George Washington, didn’t we? Where are the Washington’s today?
Football season begins soon, and the attention of America will forget all about Obergefell v. Hodges as we root, cheer, debate, party and fight over who is the best football team this year.
But there is another sound most of us fail to hear, and this is the rumbling of the distant thunder of God’s wrath and judgment as it rolls across this land in an awful magnificence, increasing in might and fury as it draws closer and closer until suddenly, the downpour falls.
America will not—America cannot—survive this evil Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. And unfortunately, we as a nation are refusing to wake up and see how near our national disaster looms.