Commentary on world events that relate to Bible prophecy and on Rapture Ready issues world events.

Aug 9, 2010

The Gay-Marriage Ruling

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban. The landmark case will most likely come before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gays have a constitutional right to marry.

"Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their unequal treatment," the judge wrote in his 136-page opinion. "Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents."

Over 7 million Californians passed the measure with 52 percent of the vote in November of 2008. After losing at the voting booth, gay activists turned to the courts. The ruling is a result of a lawsuit filed by two gay couples who claimed the voter-approved ban violated their civil rights.

The liberal media has been pushing very hard to mold public opinion around the idea that this is a simply matter of equality. The press has largely ignored the views expressed by the supporters of Proposition 8.

I am a bit shocked that evangelicals have dropped the ball in this case. The two most visible groups supporting Prop 8 have been the Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Cardinal Francis George of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said, "The misuse of law to change the nature of marriage undermines the common good. It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support for the institution of marriage. No court of civil law has the authority to reach into areas of human experience that nature itself has defined."

Michael Purdy, spokesman for the Mormon church, said, "California voters have twice been given the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in their state, and both times have determined that marriage should be recognized as only between a man and a woman. We agree... We recognize that this decision represents only the opening of a vigorous debate in the courts over the rights of the people to define and protect this most fundamental institution—marriage."

The biggest secret in the trial is that Judge Vaughn Walker is gay himself. He is one of only two federal judges who admits to being a homosexual. When I found this out, I was ticked at the liberal media. Here they had portrayed him as an open-minded conservative who was nominated by President George H. W. Bush. Of course, the press is ignoring the possibility that he may have a huge conflict of interest in this case.

Public opinion isn't supposed to play a role in legal decisions, but we know that judges follow the daily news. I can see an agenda being set up that will persuade the Supreme Court to follow the trend set by California.

The most important vote on gay marriage may be the one cast by Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Supreme Court has long been divided between four conservative and four liberals, with Kennedy being the deciding vote. Over the years, Kennedy has generally sided with gay groups. On the other hand, Kennedy is very cautious about getting too far ahead of the country.

The validity of gay marriage should not be based on the opinion of voters or judges. The focus should be on what God thinks of the matter. The Bible is very clear on this issue:

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is praised forever amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. (Rom. 1:24-27)

I don’t understand stand why gays would want to legitimize their relationship by using the rituals of a religion that condemns them. The whole idea of homosexuals choosing to confine themselves to a monogamous relationship is a bit silly. The story of the gay lifestyle is one of casual sex, with most homosexual men having over a thousand sex partners in their lifetime.

The reason gays want the right to marry is because evil naturally seeks to destroy that which is good. This is why darkness is sweeping over the land. Once all the moral barriers are removed, the wicked will turn their attention to Christians, the last source of light.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-20)

-- Todd

Handwriting on the Wall

Think with me for a moment--back to the time on September 11, 2001, when you first learned of the World Trade Center tower being hit by the commercial jet. All eyes quickly went to television screens everywhere in America. Then the second tower was hit, and we were awestruck at the ensuing carnage that took the lives of nearly three thousand people who couldn't escape the horror.

Remember when the huge monoliths collapsed to rubble with billowing clouds of smoke and dust--a holocaust of flaming fuel and the blood of crushed, burning humanity.

Those of us who look through the prism of God's prophetic Word couldn't at that stunning moment help but consider that we were witnessing an event that punctuated the fact that the very end of the age was upon us. The United States of America was somehow, in the collapsing of those giant towers, brought front and center into God's focus for judgment and wrath about to be unleashed upon a world that has rejected Him.

Fast forward to this week. Another God-rendered exclamation mark seems to have punctuated the handwriting on the wall that began the final sentence of human history. The message written across the New York City skyline this week is not just ironic or even eerie. It is, I think, staggering in its supernatural import.

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled by a vote of 9-0 that some buildings at 45 Park Place, a few blocks from where the World Trade Center towers stood before the attacks of the radical Islamists, will not receive historic status. This ruling opens the way for the construction of a huge mosque and Islamic complex on the site. The building that stands where the mosque will be built was struck by one of the commercial jet's landing gear after the plane crashed into one of the 110-story towers. But in my view, that is not the truly unfathomable thing regarding the matter of having a super-mosque erected right across from the place where thousands were murdered by those who claimed Allah as their deity. The supernatural nature of all of this is wrapped up in the fact that the mosque builders are, as of this moment at least, claiming they will begin construction of the mosque itself on September 11, 2011. Imagine the audacity! And the mayor of New York City, an American--even more than that, a Jew--said the following in giving an approving nod to opening the way for, again in my view, the desecration of "Ground Zero" where so many died and where is scheduled to be constructed the "Freedom Tower."

"[The World Trade Center site] will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves–and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans–if we said ‘no’ to a mosque in Lower Manhattan."

One writer has encapsulated well the incredible foolhardiness of the action in allowing such a slap in the face to New Yorkers and to all Americans.

Can you imagine back in 1950 if there had been an effort by Japanese-Americans to build a Shinto center honoring Emperor Hirohito just two blocks from Pearl Harbor? Furthermore, imagine that the building was planned to open on December 7, 1951, just in time to celebrate the tenth-year anniversary of this cataclysmic attack. Faster than you can say "Tora Tora Tora," one can hardly contemplate the absurdity of such a plan.

Fast forward to now and imagine the family of Timothy McVeigh. They have plans to build a thirteen-story addition to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, which opened in 2001, where the Murrah Federal Building once stood. The family would like to commemorate McVeigh’s life and help foster understanding and tolerance to those who hate the federal government— in hopes that a future domestic terrorist would visit the McVeigh Wing and decide against blowing up a federal building killing 168 innocents like McVeigh did on April 19, 1995.

The perfect timing for the construction of this wing, the family says, would be April 19, 2015--the twentieth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. I am sure the city council and the mayor of Oklahoma City would vote a resounding NO.

You know where I am going with this.

On September 12, 2001, do you think anyone in New York City could imagine that nine years later a mosque would be approved at 45 Park Place, to be completed in time for the tenth-year anniversary of 9/11? One would guess not. (Myra Adams, "Building the 9-11 Mosque Will Not Breed Tolerance," 8/5/2010, http://dailycaller.com/2010/08/05/building-the-9-11-mosque-will-not-breed-tolerance/#ixzz0vksg3xWp)

America and the world have long been holding a debauched banquet to which the God of heaven was not invited. America disinvited Him in 1963 by the judicial act of doing away with prayer and Bible reading in public schools.

The True Deity and His prescription for living life, given through His love letter to humanity--the Bible--has been evicted from all public places, for the most part. Thus with this exclamation point of supernatural irony--Islam's achieving its mocking tribute to its symbolic conquest of America--the finger of God might be writing upon the wall America has erected to separate the nation from Him. This nation's and the world's prophetic fate might thereby be in the heavenly process of being sealed.

Tragically, the message might indeed be one not unlike that Nebuchadnezzar's grandson, Belshazzar, saw being written across the wall of the Babylonian banquet hall that housed the party during his last day on earth.

And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. (Dan. 5:25-28)

Time to do what we can for the cause of Christ might be very short. The time to do the Lord's business is fleeting swiftly. Whatever contributions we have to put into heavenly bank accounts must be done now. "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" (John 9:4).

-- Terry