By Dave Dicks
Have you ever heard it said, “so long as it doesn’t affect me, I don’t care.” Or let “those people do what they want.”
I find it rather interesting that a large number of people, even professing Christians, may not be apt to participate in certain morally depraved acts yet they are ok with others engaging in them. Furthermore, they are even willing to affirm such acts as “socially acceptable” practices. Even more interesting, those who do not practice, yet affirm what is immoral assume that it in no way affects them, so long as those who are participating in such acts “leave them alone.”
I have been thinking on this startling reality for some time. It seems like every time I turn the corner someone is thoughtlessly spouting these statements like an uncontrollable rush of water. Have we become a society where the idea of challenging anyone on moral issues is irrelevant and un-important? Have we bought the lie that tells us it is unloving to tell others the truth about God’s standards?
I am thinking specifically on the issue of same sex marriage. This blog is not so much intended to speak to those in the homosexual camp, living the lifestyle, as though to change their mind. The aim is to speak to those who would expect your own family to attain to the higher moral standard. To those of you who say in your mind, “Let them get married! After all, they truly love each other and who are we to get in the way of love. Plus, it doesn’t affect me anyway!” I submit to you, this is a dangerous statement to make and by even thinking along these lines, you have bought into an agenda that may change everything as we know it.
Recently I awoke to the news that Japan was hit with an 8.9 earthquake, believed to be the single most powerful earthquake to hit Japan. This devastating earthquake would have been bad enough all on its own, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing countless people. But there is more—this quake also generated a monster tsunamis. Of course, once I heard of this disaster, I had to do what most people do in an age with instant media gratification; I watched the devastation unfold on Yahoo. There is no doubt that this natural disaster is wreaking havoc in Japan. There is no doubt that it will affect hundreds of thousands of people in a most direct fashion. I also doubt any would disagree with that. Yet, I am certain that the automatic thought in the back of many of our minds is “at least it’s over there so it won’t affect me or the USA.”
If you are perhaps you would like to re-think that?
Judy McKinnon of Dow Jones Newswire has reported that, while certainly with less impact, the tsunami will reach places as far as South America. Hawaii ended up being hit by two-foot waves. Think about how far away Hawaii is from Japan, it would be very easy for some to assume that an event in Japan couldn’t possibly affect Hawaii, but it did!
No doubt, countless people in the state of Massachusetts who would find the homosexual lifestyle as something they would not want for themselves or their kids once said “so long as it does not affect me who cares.” Then in 2003 the Massachusetts Supreme Court announced its Goodridge opinion, ruling that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.” In spite of the fact that it was not legalized by legislation, six months later Governor Mitt Romney issued a mandate that Justices of the Peace perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired.
There were basically three different reactions to the order. The first was jubilation by the homosexual camp. The second was outrage by the community of people who hold that natural law is the greater issue to be fully respected. Third was a group of people who would say “well, they are being given the right to marry but it doesn’t affect me at least.”
Really? So it won’t affect you? Would you like to think that though a bit, or would you like me to simply spell it out for you? Here are some ways homosexual marriage will likely affect you, even if you are not “participating”. It will have a negative impact in the public school, Just ask those who live in Massachusetts.
In early December 2003 at a High School in Massachusetts, they held a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex “marriage”. In this assembly a teacher got up in front of the kids and announced that she is a homosexual with a partner and is looking forward to union with her. She wanted to convince the students that it is now a “normal” part of society and that they should embrace it. It was only a couple of months later that it was introduced to the middle schools. In September of 2004 a homosexual teacher in Brookline made it a normal part of her class to discuss gay sex with her students as explicitly as she desires, and I won’t fill you in on some of the details. The following year it was introduced to the elementary schools where a school in Lexington was giving Kindergarten students picture books expressing that same sex families are just “another kind of family.”
The idea that it will not affect you is a lie! It will affect you. I have mentioned only a small fraction of ways that it will affect you. I didn’t even mention public health where in Massachusetts they have produced “The little black book, Queer in the 21st Century,” which gives a pictorial description on how to perform certain acts of gay relations, which has been given for the distribution at Brookline High since 2005.
You haven’t been informed of the negative ways it affects every day business regarding insurance premiums, what a business like wedding companies are forced to accept and how it affects what the state expects of your tolerance of those who practice the homosexual lifestyle. I could cite many more ways this will affect you.
So you say it doesn’t affect you. Ok, you could go on living with you head buried in the sand and hope not to get bit in the rear, or you could accept the fact that allowing gay marriage in Iowa is not what the people want or need. In fact it is one thing we should never allow.
Just ask the people of Massachusetts, who have learned that moral tsunamis absolutely affect everyone.
(Dave Dicks is a former Republican candidate for the Iowa House.)