By Nathan Barton
A recent article in Reason Magazine Online is headlined, “Christians Started the Wedding Wars.” The article, overall, is actually pretty good in addressing the way that Tranzis, especially associated with the Democrat Party and proud to be “Progressives” and “Liberals” (neo-Liberals), are trying to suppress freedom of speech and expression in the name of the “rights” of various groups (in this particular case homosexuals who want to “marry”) to be accommodated and affirmed in their beliefs and practices.
And rightly, Reason and Stephanie Slade (the author) compare this to the FedGov war against the LDS in the last half of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th; the Morrill Act and other crimes against “Mormons” (members of the LDS church). And (mostly) her history is accurate.
But where she is wrong is to blame “Christians” (here I use her upper-case version, which is not something I agree with, but a separate issue) for either starting or prosecuting the “marriage” wars now being waged regarding whether or not marriage can include same-sex couples, polyamorous groups, human-animal or human-machine “unions” and so forth.
As the discussion in the article itself points out, the initiative and the actions in this series of incidents over a half-century, applauded though they may have been by “Christians,” were NOT started by, nor done by people acting as “Christians” but as agents of government – as representatives of the States and the people of the States.
And indeed, I argue that those agents, representatives, and even those private citizens – the clergy and religious organizations and everyday people (members of these churches and such) who demanded that something be done about the evil practice of polygamy by Latter-day Saints were not christians in any meaningful way.
Those who are true followers of Jesus Christ do NOT use the government, or advocate the use of government and military force to act against people of other religions. We do have an example of Paul getting government assistance to protect himself from those of another religion who wanted to kill him, but we have no example in the Bible, or for the first several hundred years, of those who claimed to be christian, demanding that government pass laws and take actions against those who practiced things which they believed either to be sinful or damaging to society.
It is obvious that those in DC, Vermont, and elsewhere, who banned the practice of polygamy, stole properties from the LDS church, imprisoned those who committed polygamy were (despite their claims otherwise) NOT christians as defined by the Bible, and usually not even by their various religious affiliations. (Though those various groups – not even the Roman Catholic Church – have any authority to “define” what a christian is; just what a member of their particular group may be.)
And, if not by their actions (or rejection of actions) against the members of the LDS church, then by their actions as “representatives” of the people and agents (as those who have executive authority) of the people, the states, or the FedGov. Lincoln, who signed the Morrill Act outlawing polygamy (and in effect, the entire Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints), is a well-known warmonger who has a long list of crimes against him. Those who enacted this and other laws, and then enforced them, and the judges who denied basic human freedoms and liberties, virtually all CLAIMED to be Christians.
But as Jesus Himself said, “by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:20). And He also said, (a couple of verses earlier (Matthew 7:18), “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.”
Government is not, and was not, “a good tree,” as demonstrated by its bad fruit. And even the “good fruit” that it seems to produce (that people claim it produces) is in fact bad to at least some degree. What are we to do with bad trees? In the same passage He tells us, “Every three that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
Can it be any clearer?
Reason – don’t blame false “Christians” for the marriage wars – and many other evils: lay it at the feet of the government(s) that claim to act on the behalf of those so-called religious folks as they pander and abuse.
Enough is enough.
Mama’s Note: As always, it is the lust to control others and their property at the bottom of all this, no matter which god they claim is giving them the “authority” to do so.
It is the lack of integrity, self responsibility and self control in far too much of the population that allows these power lust driven people to assume “leadership,” and ultimately enables them to inflict the eventual destruction of all. The current political insanity all over the world is clear proof.
We do live in “interesting times.”