A while back the House voted to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Then over this last weekend the Senate voted to repeal the policy as well. The major news agencies are lauding it as some great civil rights victory. It was on every channel I looked at while I was waiting to go to my granddad’s 90th birthday dinner. I have been watching one of my favorite sites, the Foundry Blog at the Heritage Foundation, but I have not seen any response yet. I know my Representative, Pete Olson, stands against the repeal, but I also know Representatives such as Ron Paul have been fighting for its repeal for some time. So who is right? If I am anything I am often blunt and to the point so I will just say it. If you are a Christian and you support the repeal of this policy or other similar policies that would promote homosexual activity as acceptable behavior then you are wrong. If you are a libertarian who believes that the founders would have supported a repeal of such a policy then you are wrong as well. And if you are a progressive then you more than likely don’t care what the Bible or the Founders said…but you are still wrong.
Now that I got that out of my system here is why I take the stand that I do. For Christians it should be very simple. Homosexual behavior is one of the things that the Bible is extremely clear on. From God’s original design to its affirmation by Jesus and later Paul. Here is what the Bible says.
The Original Design
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”( Gen 2:18)
And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, ”This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Gen 2:22-24)
The Old Testament – God views it as a sin
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)
The entire Chapter of Genesis 19, which is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Cities destroyed by God because of their sexual immorality, specifically pointed out are their unnatural (homosexual) sexual behaviors.
A recount of the story…just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)
Jesus References Old Testament
He answered, ”Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matt 19:4-6)
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. (Mark 10:6-8)
Paul addresses homosexual behavior
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:23-27)
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, (1 Corinthians 6:9)
So the Bible is pretty clear on its view on homosexual behavior. The next argument that I usually hear (and usually from libertarians) is that none of that matters because civil government is separate from religious matters. As a Christian, this is not supported biblically. We as people love to take credit for things, but civil government was instituted by God to promote the good and punish evil. There are numerous passages in the Bible that teach us this point, starting with the Old Testament. The first is found in Genesis when God says that the punishment for killing another human being is death. It continues with the Mosaic Law and then is addressed again in the New Testament. Here are 3 definitive passages that illustrate this point in the New Testament.
Jesus answered him [Pilate], “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11)
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:1-7)
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. (1 Peter 2:13-14)
For those who have chosen liberty (today’s definition) as their God instead of following the Bible, you will surely hear that the Founders would not support such an infringement on people’s freedoms. This is a pretty distorted view of the Founders and what they believed. Entire books have been written (and ignored) on the subject. I would like to point out that they certainly believed their new country was indeed granted by divine providence.
The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations. – George Washington
Here is another one of my favorites from George Washington, which basically says that you can hardly call yourself a patriot if you try to separate government from religion…pretty strong statement.
“Of all the dispositions and habits which least to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indespensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness”
You could take similar statements from just about all of the Founding Fathers, but we do not have time here. I do believe that a statement from a body…such as the Continental Congress would be worthwhile so here is a good one.
“Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness: Resolved, that it be, and it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effective measures for the encouragement thereof” (October 12, 1778)
So the founders had it right. Civil government should be used to promote the good, and, of course, punish evil. Before judicial activism took hold, our civil government actually did punish evil. Now evil has become relative. People forget that Jefferson and Madison enacted the death penalty for bigamy and polygamy. Jefferson proposed castration as a penalty for sodomy. Laws on such sexual behavior came from their Biblical belief that marriage and thus sexual relations should be between one man and one woman. Laws that supported the idea were upheld by earlier courts such as Davis vs Beason in 1890 and Murphy vs. Ramsey in 1885. In the latter ruling the court declared
“Certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self governing commonwealth…than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; [the family is] the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guarantee of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement.”
Other cases such as The Commonwealth vs. Sharpless in 1815 upheld laws against pornography saying the defendant was corrupting the morals of the youth and people of the commonwealth. So you can see that those of the founding era were actually much tougher on legislating morality, something people say we should not try to do today. Which is silly to say really because all laws are legislating morality. Consider John Witherspoon’s statement on the subject.
“Consider all morality in general as conformity to a law”.
The real question is whose morality are we going to legislate. I say we use the Bible, what say you. I hope the same.
So those that support the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell have a difficult realization to face. Do they support what the Bible says and what the founders supported or do they support the progressive mindset and what activist judges have created. For Christians it should be easy. Same goes for progressives. But for some libertarians I know, they could be testing the very definition of irony.