Episcopalians will be meeting at their annual convention this week in Indianapolis, and one of the items on their agenda will be same-sex marriage. The question is whether or not they will adopt the blessing of these in their liturgy.
When God called me back to the church, I gave a lot of thought to which, if any, denomination I would belong to. I was born into the Catholic faith, but one of the reasons I strayed away form Catholicism was I felt it was too restrictive. Having grown up in the late sixties and early seventies, a time when many my age were questioning everything, I felt that I knew better than the Catholic church did, In a time of “If it feels good do it” anything that went against this philosophy couldn’t be good, therefore who in their right mind would want to be Catholic?
Now, some thirty years later, and after looking at various other religious doctrines, I am back in the Catholic church, and more a part of it than ever. And the reason I came back to it, instead of finding another, is exactly because it hasn’t changed its teachings in 2,000 plus years of existence.
As a person who also follows politics, I am convinced that the secularists out there are trying, and in many cases succeeding, to remove religion from the public square. They have been blurring the lines between what is right and wrong, eroding our moral compass, turning what once was right into a wrong, and what was once wrong, into a right. Why would they want to do this? They want to create a system of have and have-nots, a system where people depend on them for everything they have. Through their socialistic policies they will convince enough people that they are more important than God, that they are the ultimate authority, that everything comes from them. This is how secular progressives will gain control and then they feel they will be able to establish their vision of a utopian society.
God gets in the way of this plan. As long as enough of us realize what they are doing, when we see how they are trying to destroy our religious freedom and liberty because we believe in His teachings and His laws, they can’t win. As many of us did in the sixties and seventies, the secularists want to convince us they know better than God, but many of us now realize this just isn’t so, God knows better than all of us.
So what has all this got to do with the conference of Episcopalians? If they accept same sex marriage as okay in God’s eyes, it will further erode our moral laws, not to mention natural law. It sets a precedent to change other “laws” as well. We have already said murder is okay by legalizing abortion, in some states, including my state of Massachusetts, we will be asked to vote on assisted suicide laws, what will be next?
We cannot, and the Catholic church hasn’t, change what the Bible teaches depending on the public mood at the time. The Bible is God’s law, it isn’t open to amendment due to popular opinion, This is why I came back to Catholicism, the Catholic Church still based on the truth, not public opinion.
“Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
Who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
Who put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20