LCMS pastor, Grace Lutheran Church
Pastor Peters: here
…the rise of cohabitation lent some sense of normalcy to what every previous time had found an aberration and oddity. With sex free from the constraints of pregnancy and disease, marriage was deemed less essential to the blossom of human relationships. Free sex gave birth to the destruction of every constraint upon consensual sexual activity. The right of privacy meant that laws against sodomy fell and no one could regulate what happened behind closed doors.
Even the onset of the scourge of AIDS and HIV infection could not restrain the movement to bring homosexuality to the forefront. Queer soon became a badge of pride and the TV networks began including gay characters and even devoting whole series to pushing the gay agenda.
Again the legal system advanced the cause of gay marriage more quickly than the legislative process and, to the surprise of many, states enacted laws favoring gay marriage as quickly as courts began to strike down prohibitions as unconstitutional. This happened not merely in the expected bastions of liberal politics but also in the heartland of Iowa. Unbeknownst to the populace, however, gay marriage was not simply about opening the door to gay couples what had been available to straight couples. Instead the very institution of marriage is being redefined by those so new to its legal access. Sex is in. Children are out. Marriage is optional. Fidelity is a choice that may or may not come with marriage.
Now we have found polygamy struck down in Utah and gay marriage allowed — surprisingly among those who first favored polygamy and then became the most strident against homosexuality. Where will it all stop? That is the point. It will not stop. The genie is out of the bottle. But what remains so difficult is that the pace of this change has left us with a reengineered society that had little in common with its forbears and in less than two generations. It is as if we are all panting from the completion of a sprint none of us expected to run but we cannot pause too long or we will find ourselves hopelessly behind.