And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read,
that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother,
and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Blow the Trumpet
Proclaiming the gospel as a witness
January 20 , 2009
The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear Mr. President,
When writing to the church at Rome, the apostle Paul made an extraordinary observation concerning how a society blessed by God could lose all contact with it’s moral compass. His words declare that if such a people ever decided to abandon their benefactor and His wisdom, they would find themselves actually embracing depravity as virtue. Notice Paul’s words.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly… And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Ro. 1:21-28)
Mr. President, contrary to what you may believe these words are NOT a part of some obscure passage in the Bible. They are clear and direct and leave no room for the semantical trickery employed by those who wish to defend what the creator of heaven and earth condemns. Furthermore, the very nation you now lead finds itself acting out the fulfillment of these ominous words. That's right, America, which was once a nation that viewed sexual depravity as morally abhorrent, now sees it as an acceptable part of our culture. And believe it or not, the rise in its acceptance began with a rejection of the true God in our national conscience and knowledge.
The Expulsion of God
Perhaps the greatest single decision effecting America and its culture today was rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. In this decision, the court determined that the Union Free School District in Hyde Park, New York had violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it facilitated the following prayer at the beginning of each school day.
"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country." (Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421).
In a very real sense this decision reversed nearly two centuries of legislative and judicial pronouncements, not to mention several longstanding traditions that have played a significant role in American life since the founding of our nation. So appalling was the court’s ruling that Representative Frank Becker of North Carolina called it “the most tragic decision in the history of the United States.” Senator Sam Ervin likened it to the “segregation of God” from society.
Since Engle v Vitale, numerous rulings by our nation’s highest court have affirmed that any expression of faith by children attending public schools now poses a imminent threat to our liberties and as such is a violation of our most sacred legal document, the Constitution. For example, in 1963 the High Court prohibited the reciting of the “Lord’s Prayer” or the reading of Bible passages in public schools. In 1980 it banned the posting of the Ten Commandments. In 1985 it forbade "daily moments of silence" if during these moments students were invited to pray. Furthermore, in yet another attempt to protect our children from the potential dangers of faith, the High Court saw fit to outlaw prayers led by members of the clergy at public school graduation ceremonies. This particular piece of judicial wisdom was handed down in 1992.
Tragically, America's war against God and the Bible is not limited to our schools. Today there is a full assault on all public expressions of faith, especially Christianity. Whether it is attempts to remove "One nation under God" in the pledge of allegiance or "In God we Trust" on our currency, this nation now expresses its contempt for the true God, with impunity. It has even criminalized the displaying of the Ten Commandments in our courts. It is now undeniable that America has declared WAR on faith and the momentum is intensifying. However, the most dramatic shift in our legal pronouncements is not only what our courts oppose, but what they now defend.
In just a few short decades after Engle v Vitale our courts have become the great antagonists of Christianity and the Bible while at the same time the great advocates of a host of ills, not the least of which is sodomy. Because of a relentless and well calculated movement to blur the moral lines concerning what constitutes normal sexual behavior, homosexuality has now won the tacit acceptance of an entire civilization. Today, gay and lesbian lifestyles are viewed as just another part of man’s expression of love. Our schools now proclaim homosexuality is the moral equivalent of traditional relationships. Libraries carry books proclaiming that two mommies or two daddies are just as normal as "traditional parents." Businesses now require sensitivity training in order to maintain the self esteem of people regarded as DEVIATES just a few years ago. Even opponents of “gay rights” legislation speak with great deference when addressing those who practice this lifestyle.
Today the latest fight in this cultural "jihad" is being waged over the legalization of "same sex marriage." Sadly, without the enduring moral voice of the scriptures our nation is left to navigate its own moral path--one that Paul spoke about so very long ago.
The Bible and Homosexuality
It is easy to see why the defenders of same sex marriage would wage a relentless war on Christianity and its influence on American values. Quite frankly, the Bible speaks with great force concerning this practice, and its words are not charitable. In truth homosexuality is identified in the scriptures as an egregious act and God Himself has a profound contempt for it. Consider how God’s Great Moral Voice thunders out His indictment against this perversion. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul called homosexuals “lawless and disobedient” (1Tim.1:10). Additionally, Moses declared that their sacrifices were not acceptable to God (Dt.23:17-18). In the Old Testament the penalty for such behavior was death (Lev.20:13). In the New Testament the pronouncement is even worse. When writing to the church at Corinth, Paul included homosexuals among those who would not enter into God’s Kingdom (1Cor.6:9). The scriptures proclaim without apology that sodomy is an obscene act. It is a crime against both God and nature.
This is not to suggest that homosexuality is a sin that is beyond God’s power to forgive. Quite frankly He is fully capable of extending His mercy to those who genuinely repent of this and a host of other evils. But God is not mocked (Ga. 6:7). The repentance must be genuine and the change must be REAL. Regrettably, America has decided to take a different path—one that embraces moral depravity as a right that deserves to be protected while at the same time shuns real faith as the expression of fanatics. Nothing more graphically illustrates this point than how society accepts and even embraces those who threaten the most sacred institution in history
An Assault on Marriage
Mr President, contrary to what you may believe the real gay agenda is not about equality, it is about the annihilation of the most sacred institution in human history. One only has to read the words of its champions to understand this truth. For example: Michelangelo Signorile, writing in Out! magazine, has stated that homosexuals should,
"...fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely … To debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution. … The most subversive action lesbians and gays can undertake-and one that would perhaps benefit all of society-is to transform the notion of 'family' altogether."
Furthermore, Andrew Sullivan, a homosexual activist writing in his book, Virtually Normal, argues that once same-sex marriage is legalized, heterosexuals will have to develop a greater "understanding of the need for extramarital outlets between two men than between a man and a woman." He notes:
"The truth is, homosexuals are not entirely normal; and to flatten their varied and complicated lives into a single, moralistic model is to miss what is essential and exhilarating about their otherness." (Sullivan, Virtually Normal, pp. 202-203)
Now consider the words of Paula Ettelbrick, a law professor and homosexual activist. Ms. Ettlebrick expressed her view this way.
"Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. … Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family; and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society. … We must keep our eyes on the goals of providing true alternatives to marriage and of radically reordering society's view of reality." (partially quoted in "Beyond Gay Marriage," Stanley Kurtz, The Weekly Standard, August 4, 2003)
Mr. President, this is the perversion that festers secretly within all the cries for justice paraded before our legislative and judicial leaders. Regrettably, our nation seems to have fallen for a deception that would never have beguiled our founding fathers. Why? Because the men that built this great nation would never consider trifling with the injunctions of morality recorded in your Bible. These great men rightly understood that to do so would spell certain doom for our country.
Finally, Mr. President, although the vast majority of American’s have been numbed by the great problems that threaten their quality of life, a real disaster is brewing in numerous courts and legislative chambers across this land--one that threatens our very survival as a free people. The question that stands before us today is: DO YOU UNDERSTAND? CAN YOU GRASP THE TRUE DANGER THE UNITED STATES FACES? AND DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO ACT ON THIS UNDERSTANDING?
Blow the Trumpet