Iowa is still celebrating it’s entry into the ‘MODERN’ world this week. The state began issuing marriage licenses to homosexual “couples” (and let it be noted, there is NO mandatory three day waiting period). Ralph Smith, pastor of the Mitaka Evangelical Church (CREC) in Tokyo, Japan, made an observation about this that needs to be heard:
“It is interesting to me that the homosexuals, more than anyone else perhaps, understand that the real fight in America is about Christian ethics and ontology versus humanism.
It is the daily nuts and bolts reality of what Christian faith means that brings offense. We have to remember that there is no other religion or philosophy in the world that teaches “radical” monogamy. Only the Christian Bible (OT plus NT) teaches monogamy (though the OT teaches it, it is not so clear).
One-man-one-woman-for-life marriage is perhaps the most profoundly concrete cultural teaching of the Bible — the kind of thing that offended Aldus Huxley and his friends.
“For myself as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political and economic system because it was unjust. The supporters of these systems claimed that in some way they embodied the meaning (a Christian meaning, they insisted) of the world. There was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and at the same time justifying ourselves in our political and erotic revolt: we could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever.”
[The quotation is from Huxley's Ends and Means.]
The homosexuals are the most self-conscious rebels against God in America today. If we recognize that American definitions of sexual orthodoxy are based solely on Christian teaching, we realize clearly that the fight about laws forbidding homosexual marriage, adult-child sex, incest, bestiality, etc. are all about whether or not the Bible is the ultimate standard for human life. If the Bible is not our standard, why shouldn’t men have sex with animals, fathers with children, brothers with sisters, men with men, etc.?
There is no basis for forbidding any sort of sexual liaison outside of the Bible. That is the reality. That is why the fight is all about sex and marriage.
Here in Japan, a daughter could be sold into prostitution at her father’s will until the year 1948. That is three years after the war ended. It took time even for Macarthur to end this “beautiful,” old Japanese tradition. Buddhism and Shintoism do not respect women or teach monogamy in any way. Neither do Hinduism or Islam.
Christianity and Christianity alone of all the religions and philosophies in the history of the world treats women with the high respect that God created them to receive. In the Bible, hsband and wife are one in Christ. The man is the head who dies for his bride, just as Christ died for the Church.
Only the Bible offers this sort of vision for the Christian home, because only the Bible offers an ultimate ontology of love.”