Returning Moral Clarity To American Life

We are confronted with a dangerous enemy. The erosion of the American family and the moral values that define us as a people and a nation have been under attack for more than 50 years. Redefining what constitutes marriage, accepting that gender is determined by personal choice, excluding the voice and choice of people who appose changes in America’s moral history. Taking God out of every resemblance of government, schools, and public offices. Degrading the United States until it no longer resembles its former visage intended by the framers of our Constitution.

This generation has no idea of the former glory of America when people really cared about their neighbors and lived together in peace. The line between morality and immorality has been eroded until its barrier is no loner detectable by young people today.

It is seldom understood why morality is so important to the survival of our nation. Only when we examine the history of the world do we discover that no nation has survived which permitted perversion to be normalized, and the sanctity of human life diminished.

Why we should stand in opposition to LGBTQ issues is not clear today to a great number of Americans. Under the guise of acceptance and equal rights, many people who formerly opposed gay rights, now feel that these relationships are acceptable. Not wanting to exclude any person from the blessings of our great land, kind hearted people have decided that it would be better to accept those with non traditional moral values rather than discriminate against them.

What is seldom understood is that opposition to same-sex issues is not a matter of human rights but the very fabric of human society.

From the beginning, God determined that all people should accept the boundaries He established for how human beings may live their lives and His absolute and singular right to determine these limits as our Creator. There is no place where these boundaries have greater importance than in the area of human sexual relationships.

Why What We Do With Our Bodies Is So Important To God

It is difficult sometimes to understand why God places restrictions on how we use our bodies. In order to grasp this importance we must go back to our origin and see how and why we were created.

God made us like himself. This means that we have many of the same attributes that He possesses. Our desire for creativity, love, relationships, a need to feel useful, compassion, and kindness, all come from the heart of God that He created inside us. Anything that is contrary to the very nature of God is also contrary to our nature.

You were made as an extremely precious and valuable part of God’s creation. He intended that you would be perfect even as He is perfect. The power to live a life of immense pleasure and joy comes from how closely we live to God’s perfection. The reason that so many become disillusioned with life and feel empty and unimportant is because they have moved so far away from God’s ideal purpose.

Those who once lived in this manner but later choose to come and live near the heart of God, in the way He has prescribed, have found tremendous satisfaction and purpose for their life.  God knew this and because of His great love He gave us rules to live by that will ensure our happiness.

I have lived both far and near to God and there is no comparison to living in the way that the Lord has prescribed. I have never felt deprived by restraining myself from doing what my body demands. I understand from the scriptures that as fallen beings, our bodies demand that we fulfill its lusts. In God’s attempt to restore us back to His glorious ideal, He has caused us to be Born Again into a new life where His Spirit lives in us and causes us to live a transcendent life. The struggle that people feel as believers in Jesus Christ as a new Creation, is understood by the demands that continue from the old flesh they still live in. We are going to feel this struggle and need to make decisions whether to give our flesh what it wants or deny it for the sake of conscience, until this life is over.

When the Lord gives us our new eternal body, we will no longer be plagued by a constant desire to sin as these bodies now do. We will finally be free of temptation and the power of the old nature.

The fight to deny the flesh its desire is one that human beings have been struggling with since the beginning. Heterosexual people feel the urge to do things contrary to God just as strongly as homosexual individuals. The difference is that those who have come into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ understand that to surrender to these urges will destroy their lives. We know that the demands our body makes are not always good for us and will not convey real and lasting happiness to our life.

One thing that I have noticed about same-sex individuals is their abiding dissatisfaction. These persons seem to lack peace and a real sense of joy that comes from knowing that their life is right and pleasing to God. When we violate the conscience that God has given to us, we soon become immensely unhappy. God gave us the gift of conscience so that we can remain satisfied and feel peace. When we do something or say something that is wrong, we feel it in our heart. This is one of the preeminent pieces of evidence that God exists because it is how He speaks to us. If we will listen to this voice and make decisions that do not violate our conscience we will be happier and lead vital and productive lives.

God determined before He created us that a man and woman were made for each other. This is self evident by the way that we exist as living beings. In this union, there is a foundation for a family which undergirds and supports the entire premise of American life. Without the family there would be no nation. Without the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, everything else in human society begins to degrade.

When we examine the Constitution and Bill of Rights upon which our nation was founded, we do not find the guarantee of rights for any person who wishes to live contrary to the laws of nature and natures God. By this, we mean, what is natural and clear in the function of the human body as it was created.

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

This term: “the laws of nature and nature’s God,” defines the boundaries of human sexuality and all behavior. We must live in this nation according to what is natural and self evident by nature. Every person understands that a man was made for a woman and not for another man. There is no ambiguity in whether or not we have a specific function as determined by our physical existence. The idea that some people are living in a body that is unnatural for them, implies that a mistake has been made. Somehow, God placed theses persons into a physical body that was not right for them and they are simply correcting the mistake.

Let us be reasonable, which is more likely: that God made a mistake or people are making mistakes? To imply that God made an error is to deprive Him of His perfection. If God is not perfect in every way and incapable of error, He is not God. If God must learn then He is not God. The very nature of God demands that everything He does is good and perfect, forever.

Unnatural Behavior And The Founders

When people begin to determine their own behavior based upon what they think is right, all of human society is in serious trouble. Laws must exist which are independent of individual feelings and superior to human understanding. In all societies which sought to establish principles that were just and righteous, it was the basic laws of God that were chosen to make civil life possible.

Even nations and countries who did not believe in God have adopted the tenets of human relationships that are found in the commandments which God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. Prohibition of murder, theft, adultery, misrepresentation of facts, honor for parents, and coveting a neighbors wife or property.

There is little disagreement in all civil societies that these six precepts of law are beneficial for the lives of people who wish to live together in peace. Adultery is commonly understood as an erosion of any relationship between a man and woman. In the same manner, same-sex relationships were also defined by God as extremely harmful to the fabric of society in that they also erode the uniqueness and sanctity of human existence. What people do in the privacy of their own homes also affects what they do in their public lives. If a person is willing to compromise the manner in which they use their body, they will find it equally easy to compromise how they live in every other area of their life.

The reasons to exclude unnatural sexual relationships as protected under the Constitution was clear to the founders. Men like Thomas Jefferson saw the unnatural relationship of two men in a sexual union as a perversity that was extremely dangerous to the fabric of the nation. Jefferson proposed legislation that would make homosexuality a capital crime and punishable by dismemberment.

When the government of the United States was founded, homosexuality was considered a capital offense.[1] In all of the original thirteen colonies and later, all fifty of the United States, sodomy was punished by severe penalties with several states invoking a sentence of death, such as New York, Vermont, Connecticut, and South Carolina.[2] Thomas Jefferson authored a bill that called for dismemberment as the punishment for sodomy in the state of Virginia.[3]

Thomas Jefferson’s Proposal Of Capital Punishment For Sodomy

The founders of our nation and the authors of our Constitution, recognized the threat of Same-sex relationships for American society. When these men constructed the laws of America, the foundation that was used for the Constitution came from Blackstone’s commentary on the Law. In Blackstone’s commentary, he details the acts of homosexuality as a “crime that is malignant, detestable, and against nature…”[4]

During the institution of laws for the state of Virginia, in 1610, the 9th law of the New Colony of America, stated:

“No man shall commit the horrible and detestable sins of sodomy”

The Founding Fathers would find it unbelievable that our government, today, has granted the same rights of marriage and family to Same-sex couples, that are guaranteed to heterosexual couples. These men understood that to accept homosexuality as a socially viable alternative and right of the people, would undermine and erode the entire moral foundation of our nation. The methods by which homosexual activists have pressured lawmakers and government leaders; using the guise of equal rights as the basis for their arguments, has astonished those who have watched this take place.

If we examine the timeline for America we see that as the nation has accepted same-sex relationships and excluded God from society, the people have suffered a degradation of their quality of life.

The Basis of Law For Moral Behavior

Man’s happiness does not depend upon an abstract set of rules and precepts that will allow a person to do whatever they desire, in the pursuit of their own happiness. The natural laws that God has established are the methods by which a person may be able to effectively achieve their own person happiness. Those who violate the laws of nature, or natural laws which God has established, will cause their own destruction and forbid themselves the attainment of genuine happiness.

This law of nature, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other-It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times; no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.

Any laws that man may institute, which are contrary to the natural laws that God has dictated to us, are inferior. These natural laws are binding to all persons, over the entire earth. No human law which is in opposition to the natural laws of God are valid. The entire authority for laws are derived, and receive their authority, from God’s original natural laws.

When the founders of America sought guidance for laws that would ensure the survivability of our Nation, they used a time-tested and reliable source:. Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law stated that all human laws which provide a foundation for a nation to survive, are based upon the laws of God. The men who penned the Constitution and the Bill of Rights understood that the acceptance of homosexual behavior would erode and undermine the moral foundation of the nation. During that time same-sex relationships were referred to as “sodomy.” In Blackstone’s commentary on the law, same-sex relationships were seen as so dangerous to human society that they were punishable by death. These were not archaic and outdated views of human sexual interaction designed to repress and inhibit but to free and cause enjoyment in sexual relationships, under the boundaries of marriage.

The Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone became the preeminent legal source of the Founding Fathers. Using the Fourth, Chapter the Fifteenth, “Of Offences Against the Persons of Individuals,” Blackstone stated:

IV. WHAT has been here observed…, which ought to be the more clear in proportion as the crime is the more detestable, may be applied to another offence, of a still deeper malignity; the infamous crime against nature (homosexuality), committed either with man or beast…. But it is an offense of so dark a nature…that the accusation should be clearly made out….

I WILL not act so disagreeable part, to my readers as well as myself, as to dwell any longer upon a subject, the very mention of which is a disgrace to human nature. It will be more eligible to imitate in this respect the delicacy of our English law, which treats it, in it’s very indictments, as a crime not fit to be named; peccatum illud horribile, inter chriftianos non nominandum (“that is such a horrible sin that should not to be named among Christians”). A taciturnity observed likewise by the edict of Constantius and Constans: ubi fcelus eft id, quod non proficit fcire, jubemus infurgere leges, armari jura gladio ultore, ut exquifitis poenis fubdantur infames, qui funt, vel qui futuri funt, rei (“When that crime is found, which is not profitable to know, we order the law to bring forth, to provide justice by force of arms with an avenging sword, that the infamous men be subjected to the due punishment, those who are found, or those who future will be found, in the deed”). Which leads me to add a word concerning its punishment.

THIS the voice of nature and of reason, and the express law of God, determine to be capital. Of which we have a signal instance, long before the Jewish dispensation, by the destruction of two cities by fire from heaven: so that this is an universal, not merely a provincial, precept. And our ancient law in some degree imitated this punishment, by commanding such miscreants to be burnt to death; though Fleta says they should be buried alive: either of which punishments was indifferently used for this crime among the ancient Goths. But now the general punishment of all felonies is the fame, namely, by hanging: and this offence (being in the times of popery only subject to ecclesiastical censures) was made single felony by the statute 25 Hen. VIII. c. 6. and felony without benefit of clergy by statute 5 Eliz. c. 17. And the rule of law herein is, that, if both are arrived at years of discretion, agentes et confentientes pari poena plectantur (“advocates and conspirators should be punished with like punishment”—DM) (1769, 4.15.215-216).

It was upon the text above that the Framers of the Constitution and those who sought to establish laws for the United States as a Nation, gathered their thoughts for the moral fabric of our nation. These precepts were translated into laws which would allow religion in American government to express its views so that no immoral uprising could be successful.

As the First Amendment was first eroded by the suppression of religious expression in American government, the immoral movement to accept gay rights further sought to degrade the foundation of the family. Americans being unaware of the intent of the founders of our nation, believe today, that gay rights are human rights. In fact, gay rights are the force of erosion that has now placed the entire nation near the precipice of cataclysm.

There are two ways that Christians can stop the continued onslaught of gay rights and the erosion of America’s moral fabric:.

First, daily prayer in asking the Lord to turn the tide of acceptance by Americans for immoral sexual behavior amongst same-sex couples. To open the eyes of good people who have accepted gay rights because of their sincere desire to be accepting and loving. Not realizing that in their desire to be fair they have opened a floodgate of immorality that has changed the moral fabric of our nation.

Two, oppose gay rights based upon the basic premise of its immoral actions. Standing up for the Biblical definition of marriage and against the inclusion of gay couples as married individuals. Opposing the inclusion of transgender persons as members of society, resulting in special allowances for their inclusion into public restrooms and special rights as individuals.

See Also:
America’s Spiritual Heritage
Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law
The Founding of America as a Christian Nation
When America Abandons God: The Signs And The Consequences
Gay Marriage is the Law of the Land; So Also is the Right of Free Speech


NOTES:
[1] Robinson, B.A. (2003), “Criminalizing Same-Sex Behavior, Sodomy Laws” [On-line], URL: http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_laws1.htm.
[2] Barton, David (2002), pp. 306,482 Original Intent (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilders), 3rd edition.
[3] Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress, Bill authored in: 1781, Query 14; cf. 1903, 1:226-227.
[4] Blackstone’s Commentary on the Law, The Fourth, Chapter; “Of Offenses Against the Persons of Individuals.”