In Triumph, Is Trump Affirming America’s Turn Away from God?
…For human beings will be self-lovers, lovers of money, boasters, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without natural affection, unappeasable, slanderers, listless, without love of goodness, betrayers, reckless, self-blinded, loving pleasures rather than loving God: Having a form of piety, but rejecting the power thereof. Turn away from them. (2 Timothy 3:4)
This past Sunday Mr. Trump again reiterated his acceptance of the SCOTUS’s patently unconstitutional jurisprudence with respect to homosexual marriage. He did so more clearly and explicitly than ever before. Asked about “gay marriage” he replied “I’m fine with that.” He went on to say that “it’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”
If Mr. Trump thinks acceptance of homosexual marriage is a settled issue, what sense does it make to believe that he will choose candidates for the Supreme Court who recognize that the SCOTUS’s Obergefell decision on homosexual marriage construes the Constitution in precisely the fashion the U.S. Constitution’s Ninth Amendment forbids? Apparently, Donald Trump’s notion of ‘strict construction’ allows Justices of the Supreme Court to construe the Constitution as they please, even when its words plainly and explicitly forbid the construction they are determined to impose.
What use is it to build a wall to defend the nation’s sovereign borders, while supinely surrendering the nation’s political sovereignty to the abusive whims of elitist faction judges brazenly defying its Constitution terms? That is a question all Americans should ponder, but especially the Christian voters tempted to idolize Donald Trump as their champion. It appears to be the case that Mr. Trump would not have won the popularity contest for President, except for the fact that such voters turned out to support slates of Electors pledged to vote for him when the actual Presidential election is held in December.
Since many of these voters profess to rely on the authority of God’s Word to guide and justify their actions, it makes sense to assume that they accept the Biblical view that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”; and that “God created man in His own image: in the image of God He created him: male and female He created them”; and that “God blessed them, saying: increase and multiply, and fill the earth….”
Of course, since they profess to live by the presence of Christ within them, it also makes sense to assume that they understand these words from the Bible as Christ understood them when He prodded His listeners with the question: “Have you not read, that He who made man from the beginning, made them male and female”; and when He inferred that “ for this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife and they two shall become one flesh.” (Matthew 19:4-5)
Thus, Christ characterized the institution of marriage, and the fruitful activity of procreation that is the outward enactment of the inward and mutual surrender to God’s good will that unites a man and woman in marriage. But our day corresponds all too well to the Apostle’s God-inspired foreboding. So, many people now exhibit all the self-worshipping, self-degrading vices he lists in his letter to Timothy.
The love of pleasure, pretending to arm itself with the force of law, now denies, disparages, and persecutes the love of God. A self-willed human fabrication legalistically exalts human self-gratification to the status the Creator, God reserved for the self-perpetuation of humanity as a whole. For the sake of this idol of human making, people who faithfully adhere to Christ’s understanding of marriage are being stigmatized, persecuted, and hounded toward destitution, civic death, and even criminal punishment.
Many of the Christians who upheld Donald Trump to be their representative in the White House profess to uphold Christ’s standard of truth when it comes to the God-endowed institution of marriage. They also profess to believe that America’s Courts of law have no just power to enforce upon them the oxymoron involved in the very idea of “homosexual marriage”. They claim, as an imperative of conscience, the prerogative of revolting against the view that human decisions can raise an activity that commingles the seed of life with its excrement, to be equal to the activity that consummates God’s will for the existence and perpetuation of humankind.
Some of these conscientious Christians are even well informed enough to know that this abuse of judicial power directly contravenes the U.S. Constitution’s Ninth Amendment. That Amendment’s language plainly and explicitly forbids construing the enumeration of rights in the U.S. Constitution in any way that denies or disparages unalienable rights.
Such rights, endowed by the Creator, are antecedent to all human government. They are encoded into the very substance of our humanity. They are retained, along with their humanity, by everyone in whom the presence of that programming is made manifest. The American people upheld this endowment of right when they revolted from the rule of the King of Great Britain. Using its logic, they justified their decision to sever their obligations to his sovereignty.
At its heart, therefore, the issue of homosexual marriage is not just the denial and disparagement of the right to marry. Because that right is unalienable, it involves God’s endowment of humanity itself. It involves the just claim by which we, the people of the United States, have the right to govern ourselves, from which right we derive the authority to ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States.
The foundational premise of Constitutional government of, by and for the people of the United States is therefore at stake. This logically apparent fact compels us to question Donald Trump’s supine acceptance of the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision is the law of the land. It forces us to question the credibility of his pledge to nominate Supreme Court Justices likely to construe the Constitution’s provisions according to its terms.
Will Mr. Trump’s professedly Christian supporters sit silently by while he accepts a status quo that the discards the premises of God-endowed right? If we discard them, we discard the Constitutional liberty of our country. But, as self-proclaimed representatives of Christ, we will also degrade the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. We become as those who preserve a form of piety, but without the power that helped Christ emboldened Christians throughout out history to inspire our nation to do right and justice. Of course, that was in the day when people professing to accept Christ were not content with political victories made hollow because they affirm our country’s turn away from God’s authority.
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