(BTW: there is no such thing as "traditional" marriage. There is only marriage.)
What also puzzles me greatly is those Christians who feel that they have nothing to say, or they feel that this issue isn't that big of a deal. It is amazing to me how naive and uninformed Christians can be in to thinking that this homosexual agenda really is about homosexual "rights" when in fact it has nothing to do with "rights" but with forcing their agenda by the arm and sword of the state.
The original news report is on the theblaze.com, here.
Masha Gessen, an activist for the LGBT agenda, gave this speech some time in 2012, and she outright admitted that this issue over homosexual marriage isn't about the "right" to marry, but the opportunity to use this as a vehicle to eliminate "traditional" marriage altogether.
This is what happens when the authority of God's law is diminished or eliminated. This is what happens when the church decides that we have no place at all to love our secular neighbors to tell them of the moral truth of God (law and gospel). Once people or the state understand that there is no transcendent standard, they are left with the understanding that they can simply make their own morals and codify that into legislation because they feel that they are their own authority, and in fact, they are in fact their own authority because we as individual Christians and as the church refuse to speak up.
Even if the best natural law arguments are given, if they are never given with reference to the transcendent standard of the Bible, they end up becoming as arbitrary as any other argument. When this happens (and it already has) it is those that are in power that get to decide what is right and wrong.
I recently corresponded with a sociology professor in which he disagreed with me that laws were about reflecting morality. He told me that laws weren't about reflecting morality, but about power. For him, it was one or the other. While laws do reflect power (the authority given by God), that is not the purpose of civil laws because the authority that the magistrate has from God is never an autonomous authority, but a ***derivative*** authority to obey his moral law. The authority and power are the means by which morality is reflected in civil law, but it is never the ultimate purpose.
I don't know if that sociology professor really understood the implications of what he was saying, but regardless, this is a very chilling statement. If what he is saying is true, what is to logically stop the state from wielding utter and totalitarian power to crush those whom they please? And this is what is currently happening little by little every day in the US.
Here is a little bit of what Ms. Gessen said, "I agree that it is a no brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it is a no brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist." (Applause from audience at this point about how marriage should not exist..)... "...fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to with marriage when we get there.. You know, because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change, and again, I don't think that it should exist.... and really, I would like to live in a legal system that is capable of reflecting that reality and I don't think that this is compatible with the institution of marriage."
It seems amazing to me that churches will actively refuse to formally engage this kind of thinking head on, when in fact it is Christians who have the most superior understanding of nature through the aid and revelation of the Bible, and we have the revealed moral law of God, which clarifies, heightens, and in fact is the same as the natural law that non-Christians have in their hearts.
Please inform those that you know.
May God stir up our hearts to love our country through our gospel motivated actions and prayers.