Archives for the month of: January, 2014

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There is a new wrinkle in the gay marriage debate.  The State of Oklahoma is proposing to make it a private institution as a way of avoiding the Federal government’s ruling that they cannot ban gay marriage.  Some view this as a an act of discrimination against the homosexual community in the same way that schools in the South closed their doors rather than implement desegregation laws.

I think it is a great idea.  As a Christian, I view marriage , not as a legal institution , but as a sacred ritual instituted by God, not man.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Ephesians 5:31

Legalizing marriage for me, is like legalizing other Christian rituals like baptism and communion.  In my opinion, this is a gross violation of the much touted principle-separation of church and state.  For those who do not adhere to a religious faith, who insist on participating in this ritual, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual, it seems hypocritical to me.

I am not opposed to a civil union for those who have no religious principles.  I am not opposed to equal protection under the law for civil and marital unions.  I am opposed to the diminished value of something holy to a government regulated institution.

I think to be fair we should understand what is really driving the marriage issue-money.

For some reason, when it comes to government funded programs there seems to be a marriage penalty.  A couple with children receive less government aid if they are married rather than single.  As a result of this based on a study in 2001 81% of working households were married as opposed to 40% who were on government subsidies.

This bias is also found in social security recipients.  Many divorced and widowed senior couples remain single to avoid cuts in their ss payments. With the newly subsidized Affordable Health Care Programs there is a similar bias.  A married couple is forced into a higher premium than a couple who remain single.

When it comes to American taxpayers, the government favors married couples.  Single head of household Americans pay the highest taxes and have the fewest credits available to them.  The tax system forces the homosexual and the non-religious couple to fight for marriage regardless of their beliefs in this religious institution, in order to improve their quality of life.

I know of a business woman in my area who was about to end her civil union because of the crushing tax consequences it placed on her prior to the repeal of DOMA.

Speaking of DOMA, the case that caused it to be overturned was based on inheritance taxes that were imposed on a gay domestic partner.

So based on these facts it is clear that the source of the conflict in the gay marriage issue is unfair penalties imposed by the government.  The victims are too busy attacking each other to address the true enemy.

If we correct these inequalities in our system, we can create a better life for all Americans.  We can get government out of marriage and make it a private matter between a man and a woman and their God.  If there is no financial incentive they will marry as a commitment to live out their faith only.  Couples who are committed to their faith as a lifestyle have lower divorce rates.

Specifically, the research shows that couples who are active in their faith are much less likely to divorce. Catholic couples were 31% less likely to divorce; Protestant couples 35% less likely; and Jewish couples 97% less likely, which in itself is quite impressive, I must say. (Ed Lester Christianity Today 9/27/2012)

Now that’s romantic.

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……in order to form a more perfect union.  A more perfect union-that is what the writers of the Constitution were creating.  A more perfect union of imperfect people, where there would be Justice, peace, protection, provision and freedom for now and generations to come.  It is a beautiful assurance of a new way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It was based on inalienable rights.  Rights that were given to mankind by a higher power.  We who are made in the image of that higher power are born to this earth with His power within us.  We are also born with the fallen nature that was rooted in the first act of evil. This Constitution was created to assure our birth rite, while impeding our evil nature.  It is a nature that is self-serving, proud, greedy, and hungry for power.

According to Oliver de Mille in We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident, there are 12 checks in our system of government in the United Sates of America.  These checks are meant to balance the power that would corrupt the government and destroy our inalienable rights.

There have been 11 presidents in my lifetime-11 regimes attempting to promote their interpretation of the Constitution on the unwitting masses.  Each one, because of the Constitution, were unsuccessful in their attempt.  The Constitution lays in the hands of those unwitting masses the power to control the destiny of the United States of America and control it they have.

My first understanding of this power was during the protests of the Vietnam War.  We the people stood up against the loss of life in what some perceived to be a senseless war.  As the protests got louder the votes of the people led to change in leadership that ultimately ended the war.

As an adult, when Clinton came to office, I feared for what his policies might do to our country.  Once again, the checks in our government prevailed.  As the people experienced policies that were detrimental to our way of life, the voice of the people was heard and there was a shift in leadership in the Congress and Senate.  This shift kept the harm at bay.

We are currently under the greatest violations of those inalienable rights that I have ever experienced in my lifetime.  There are more laws inhibiting our freedom, less protection of our privacy, and more imposition of our government.  I had nearly lost all hope for   America.

Once again, however, the people are rising.  The true power of this country has kept us out of war in Syria, demanded our privacy be returned and soon, I anticipate the imposition of the government on our healthcare will be abated.

I am reminded about when Jesus spoke of freedom to the Hebrew people.

John 8

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?

Those in authority have tried time and time again to enslave us, but we as Americans stand up and say “We have always been free men and women in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we had the power all along in our ruby slippers- better known as The Constitution of the United States of America.