There are only three divinely ordained institutions in our world, the government, the church, and the oldest of the three, the home.
THE GOVERNMENT: The God-given responsibility of government is the protection of its citizenry from evil (Romans 13:1-7). This explains why government alone is given the sword to wield in criminal prosecution and national defense. Any individual attempting to usurp government's God-given role is guilty of being either a vigilante or mercenary.
THE CHURCH: The God-given responsibility of the church is the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:18-20). The church, as the lone recipient of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, serves as the lone steward of Christ's Gospel in the world. We alone have "the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16:13-19). If we fail to confess to others that Jesus is "the Christ, the Son of the living God," we lock them outside Heaven's gates. On the other hand, if we faithfully fulfill Christ's Great Commission, we unlock the gates of Heaven so that all men everywhere have an opportunity to be saved.
THE HOME: The God-given responsibility of the home is procreation and the proper rearing of children, both of which are obviously necessary for the preservation of the human race and of orderly human society (Genesis 1:26-28). As goes the home, so goes the government and the church, for it is the home alone that can produce the next generation of good citizens and good Christians. The importance of the home cannot be overemphasized or exaggerated, since it serves as the bedrock institution of the three divinely ordained institutions.
The healthy and happy home intended by God to serve as the bedrock of all orderly human society is conceived in the concept of traditional marriage alone. All the variables of the so-called modern family are found to be seriously wanting when weighed on the scales of sacred Scripture. Whether we're talking about single-parent homes, unmarried couples, or same-sex marriage, all are found to be seriously deficient when it comes to the proper propagation of the human race and the preservation of orderly human society. We simply cannot compromise the biblical concept of traditional marriage without:
1. Revolting against God’s divine design.
2. Unraveling the fabric of orderly society.
3. Robbing children of needed role models—father and mother.
4. Robbing children of needed relationships—paternal, maternal and sibling.
5. Robbing children of a secure and healthy development.
6. Endangering the future of the human race.
Every civilization in the history of the world has been built upon the home. If the home flourished, the civilization flourished. If the home decayed, the civilization decayed. And whenever the home collapsed, the collapse of the civilization quickly ensued.
For decades now the home has been under assault in America. It is as though our nation is suicidally determined to slit the wrists of its core institution. It all began in the sixties with the Sexual Revolution. Whereas past propriety restricted sex to the sanctity of a lifelong and loving marital relationship, which alone provides for the proper propagation of the human race and the proper upbringing of well-balanced children, the Sexual Revolution reduced sex to something casual. As a result, sex ceased to be equated with the lofty ideals of love and commitment and was abased to a mere matter of lust and consent. Rather than meaningful intimacy between a loving couple committed to one another for life in the holy bonds of matrimony, sex became a casual encounter between consenting adults in which each used the other for their own momentary sensual pleasure.
Contrary to the claim of the sixties Flower Children, "Free Love" actually exacted a heavy toll on America. Not only did it bring us an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases and an eruption of teenage pregnancies, but it has also resulted in millions of aborted, abused, and neglected children.
Thanks to the Sexual Revolution, many children are no longer intentionally conceived in their parents' love and welcomed into this world by a doting mom and dad. Instead, they are accidentally conceived by relative strangers during a momentary sexual tryst. As a result of being the unwanted off-spring of the sexually wanton, these children end up tossed into the dumpsters of abortion clinics or to the side in abusive homes where they're neither provided for nor properly parented.
Along with the Sexual Revolution and its reducing of sex to something casual, the sixties also brought us no-fault divorce laws, which trivialized marriage. The nuptial vows "till death do us part" and "so long as we both shall live" went from being hallowed to being hollow. Marriage itself was reduced from a permanent social contract to little more than a non-binding agreement.
Prior to no-fault divorce laws, courts sparingly issued divorce decrees. To obtain a divorce required proof of wrongdoing. Divorces were only granted on the gravest of grounds. One's spouse had to be proven guilty of some serious offense; such as, cruelty, adultery, or abandonment. All of this changed, however, with the passage of no- fault divorce laws. Today, divorce decrees are liberally issued by courts and easily obtained by all petitioners. The martial contract, once indissoluble without proper cause, is now easier broken than a cell phone contract. Anyone anywhere can divorce an exemplary spouse at anytime for any reason, even for no reason at all. Consequently, our country's divorce rate has skyrocketed to the point where the majority of modern-day marriages end in divorce?
Today, the only difference most Americans see between marriage and cohabitation is the possession of a marriage certificate, which, thanks to no-fault divorce laws, is believed to be worth no more than the paper it's printed on. This explains to us the cohabiters' common refrain, "Marriage is just a piece of paper." In addition, it explains, along with the sexual promiscuity spawned by the sixties Sexual Revolution, why almost half of the babies born in America today are born out of wedlock.
Although the Sexual Revolution and no-fault divorce laws slit the wrists of traditional marriage, it is the Women's Liberation Movement that should be credited with decapitating America's homes. The feminist firebrands of the sixties and seventies were ignited by the biblical teaching that the husband is the head of the home (Ephesians 5:21-33). Dismissing this divine design for the home as antiquated, not to mention denouncing it as discriminatory, radical feminists launched an all-out assault on the God-ordained role of men in the home.
Along with their attack on the role of men in the home, feminists, with no less venom and vehemence, launched an all-out assault on motherhood, especially on stay-at-home moms. Believing housekeeping to be demeaning, childrearing undeserving of full-time attention, and a career outside the home a woman's only path to ultimate significance, radical feminists challenged America's women to take off their domestic aprons and to take on the business world's glass ceiling. Contrary to the poet, William Ross Wallace, who said, "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world," the fib of Women's Lib convinced many women that rocking the cradle only hindered their career and cramped their style.
The decapitating of America's homes—cutting off men as the head of households—has been accomplished in no small part by our government's aiding and abetting of the feminist movement. In the minds of many emancipated women, men in the home have been rendered superfluous by today's welfare system. Now that groceries can be provided by Food Stamps and shelter by public housing, women and children no longer need men to provide for them. Likewise, women and children no longer need the protection of a loving husband and father now that they have caring social workers to solve their problems and safeguard them from peril. This reducing of the value of men in the home to expendability goes a long way in explaining why the majority of Americans now see marriage as an obsolete institution and why the majority of American homes are no longer occupied by a traditional family—a husband, a wife, and their biological children.
Thanks to the teaming up of the nanny state with the feminist movement, a plethora of problems has been spawned in these United States. For instance, the chief cause of crime and substance abuse in America, especially in America's inner cities, is not racism, as is customarily claimed, but absentee fathers. Whereas almost half of the babies born in our country today are born out of wedlock, birth statistics in our inner cities are even more frightening. In our inner cities, eighty percent of African American babies are born to unwed mothers and into single-parent homes without a male bread-winner or a father's supervision. This is a formula for social disaster, as is being incontrovertibly proven today in beleaguered cities and towns across the fruited plain.
Make no mistake about it; the breakdown of American society is directly attributable to the breakdown of the American home. In addition, America's current financial crisis is largely attributable to the breakdown of the home. Our nation's rising flood of fatherless homes is swelling welfare rolls and entitlement programs to the point of bankrupting both our federal and state governments. Draining our government coffers and decimating our civilization, this perfect storm whipped up by Flower Children, no-fault divorce laws, feminists, and the welfare state needs little more than another huff and puff to blow our house down.
The final straw needed to break the back of the home in America has been provided by the legalization of same-sex marriage. It is the final nail in the coffin of traditional marriage, the God-ordained bedrock of all orderly human society. Now, I'm well aware that this assertion will be readily dismissed as the height of hyperbole and roundly denounced as hate speech. "All gays and lesbians want," proponents of same-sex marriage will argue, "is the same right to marry as everyone else." Yet, homosexuals have always had the same right to marry as everyone else; that is, the right to enter into a lifetime partnership with a member of the opposite sex for the purpose of procreation.
The truth is; homosexuals never wanted to marry, but only to legitimize homosexuality by redefining marriage, to include their sexual perversion, so that same-sex marriage could be enshrined in our laws. By opening this Pandora’s Box, homosexuals have not only been able to co-opt government’s coercive power, in order to coerce our citizenry into conformity to their radical agenda, by hanging over every citizen’s head financially ruinous civli litigation or even possible criminal prosecution, but they’ve also sealed our country’s fate. Here, human history serves us as an unimpeachable witness. Although history records periods within which homosexuality flourished in particular civilizations; such as, Sodom and Gomorrah, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire, it also attests to the fact that none of these civilizations survived. Furthermore, in each instance, the fall of the civilization came on the heels of flourishing homosexuality.
Now that the pebble of same-sex marriage has been cast into the pond, the ripples in our society will never stop. Marriage is now perpetually subject to redefinition in order to accommodate all sexual preferences and perversions. Having set a legal precedent, our courts are now obligated by stare decisis to allow two marriages for bisexuals, multiple marriages for polygamists, and even the marrying of consenting minors to adult pedophiles. All sexual relationships must now be deemed marriageable and any dissent is going to be denounced as discriminatory.
Truly, stretching the legal definition of marriage to encompass same-sex marriage on the false premise of anti-discrimination has inevitably lead us to redefining marriage to the lowest common denominator. Marriage will now be defined down by our courts until it is all-inclusive, nondescript, offensive to no one and agreeable to everyone. In other words, marriage is now being reduced to meaninglessness and our society to madness.