A Broken Heart for a Broken World
It's Not About the Stance
This isn't a hub about how I think Abortion is evil and murder and how I think it should be illegal. This isn't a hub about Catholics being forced to give contraception against their beliefs, and frankly, against what should be against better judgement and scientific findings. And this isn't a argument about why gay "marriage" isn't marriage at all. No, there are times and places for those arguments, and right now, that's not what I need to express.
Rather, this is a hub about cynicism vs. hope. This is a reflection on desolation and abandonment. This is a reproach, about how the country I love, the "greatest country in the world", has broken my heart. But mostly, this is a lamentation on the human condition--about how the world which I love is slowly killing itself. I must ask God why? I must ask God how can I handle it.
Is there any hope?
This morning in California, Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same sex marriage, was found to be unconstitutional, and this among a culture that increasingly supports the idea of "gay marriage":
"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples." -Judge Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Recently, ObamaCare has mandated that Catholic health professionals, regardless of their religious beliefs, must provide contraception to patients. According to some polls, 80% of America(n Democrats) is in support of this*, or a fortiori not opposed to this mandate, with most polls saying that even 52% of Catholics support this mandate.
*According to Rachel Maddow on meet the press--Feb 5, 2012. And which can be read more accurately in the politico link from above.
Prior to 1973, when states had the right to choose, only 4 states out of 50 (8%) had legal "abortion by request". In the 38 years since, a minimum of 50 million abortions have taken place in the US. That's roughly the population of California and Illinois combined.
Quite frankly, I have serious doubts about whether America will ever live with Christian values again... or at the very least with some shred of morality. It seems we are fighting a losing battle.
But again... this post isn't about killing babies, marriages, or the spiritual family. It's about how to live behind enemy lines.
Is God Dead?
Is Nietzsche right? Is God dead? Or more accurately have we killed him?
The answer of course is no, God is not dead, nor could we ever presume to kill Him. We have however, as a culture, forced him to the to the darkest corners of our lives, where none care to search or listen for His cries that we are killing ourselves . Most of America seems to think they're better off without God... without the lover of their soul.
And for those of us who still seek God. Who still listen for Him. Who still try to live by the teachings of the freakin' Gospel... well quite frankly the majority of us feel that perhaps God has abandoned us. Why has he left us in the exile of this foreign land? Why has he left us to fight this losing battle? Why hasn't he come again and let justice finally come?
Sometimes I think I should just leave this God forsaken country and move to Switzerland... or the Vatican. They seem to have things working out over there.
In the Desert
And then I realize... the problem is NOT really with the country or people, but with Humanity as whole. Humanity is broken, and we will continue to increase in sin until God deems it time to come again and wipe all inequity from the face of the earth.
Until then it doesn't matter where you go. There will always be a war on morality. Christians will always be thought to be the evil ones.
Why does God keep us here, in the metaphorical desert of sin and apparent abandonment? Because he wants those of us that are faithful to Him to keep leaning ever more fully on him, and to not despair, but to have hope in all things.
Honestly, and feel free to ridicule me for saying this.... I DON'T think any of our current moral problems will be fixed, and even if they are, something new (and possibly worse) will spring up.
But that doesn't mean we aren't called to try, not called to pray for a solution. Because even if we can save one baby from abortion, convince one married couple to not use contraception, or convince one homosexual that they can live a fulfilling life without sex, that person's life and more importantly, soul, will be worth the countless other defeats.
We are fighting a war of attrition against an increasingly evil society. We may come to feel weary and beaten. Be assured and hopefully however, that we are winning--for we have the Lord Jesus Christ on our side, and His battle plan is flawless.
© 2012 rdlang05
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