Friday, August 6, 2010
Answering a question about a theocratic state
After I posted Our sad day... and linked it on my Facebook status an interesting discussion occurred between myself and a nephew. This is a nephew that I highly regard because of what he has made of himself and because of how he has overcome adversity with great grace. Nonetheless we strongly disagree on several subjects. Homosexuality is one of them. And the argument has boiled down to a question.
“Aunt Viola, you certainly aren't suggesting that the United States should become a theocratic state, are you? If you are basing the justification to eliminate rights on a verse in which Paul is using a metaphor to encourage a healthy relationship between two people then you really are walking on thin ice.”
I was using Ephesians and Paul’s equation of marriage with the image of Christ’s care for his bride, the Church. I was trying to explain why Christians care so much about this issue and the biblical definition of marriage. But the question led my thinking in a more political direction.
No, I am not advocating for a theocratic state. Given that we are all sinful by nature, I do believe that democracy is the best form of government. However, as I thought about this I think that morality is very deeply tied to democracy and conversely democracy to morality. I think it must be that way or democracy will not survive. And we have a very good example in the twentieth century of a democracy that turned in on its self and died. Many people do not realize that Hitler did not throw out the government of Germany by rebellion but was instead voted into office.
Morality has served the United States well. It helped us as a nation overcome slavery and segregation. It secured the rights of women and led the charge against the use of child labor. But think about this. What if the United States was made up of only those who thought that slavery was acceptable or at least people who didn’t care about the issues of slavery?
So, to go further what if a democracy started out well, changing over time as moral issues were addressed but then suddenly the society became decadent. Suppose everyone, or most everyone in that society either became a murderer by intent or by not really caring. Then the right to all life would be at stake and democracy would die as it did, for that very reason, in Nazi Germany.
Or to address the present: What if most of society is obsessed with all forms of sexuality including deviant forms or else they simply don’t care about sexual morality one way or the other. After one particular group demands their rights others will follow. Remember this is a moral issue- so the rights demanded will be a demand for new forms of morality most of which are not moral in the traditional sense of morality. So democracy will become disconnected from morality and lose its importance.
And many will lose, when democracy is lost. Oh not just Christians and Jews or even atheists, but those who wish to live a homosexual lifestyle will lose. They did in Germany.