by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/19/2012
I think I’m starting to make people think about religious freedom. I’ve been talking a lot about it lately and some people are starting to wonder if I can discuss anything else. It’s not that I can’t discuss anything else, it’s just that a discussion of anything else will lead back to religious freedom because most of the moral and civil laws of our country are founded on religious freedom.
If religious freedom is removed from the equation in our society we can reasonably expect to see other freedoms based on this single principle erode and disappear as well. For instance, the conviction that life is sacred from its natural beginning to its natural end is based on biblical principles found in the Bible. If religious freedom is removed, and the Bible is no longer used to establish a basis for moral and civil law, as it was at the founding of America, there is no reason to adhere to the pro-life viewpoint. At that point life along with other issues become purely philosophical, social, or just plain opinion.
Let’s take a closer look at sexuality. Where did the prevailing, centuries-old view of human sexuality come from? It can be found in the pages of the Bible and has been passed down for generations as part of a faith-based worldview. It stands to reason that if we remove the foundation for the predominant view of human sexuality – the religious freedom to believe the Bible – the view of human sexuality presented inside will also crumble.
What follows is a view of human sexuality based on culture, political agenda, or man’s sinful urges. The end result is a society that trumps homosexuality as “enlightened,” monogamy as “prudish,” and relationships with multiple sex partners as “freeing.” In reality though, sex has all but been reduced to a mere human act deserving of no more thought than eating or taking a shower.
The problem is that the devolution doesn’t stop there. Without a foundation like religious freedom to use an absolute document like the Bible to establish moral and civil laws there is no end to the downward spiral of immorality except for man’s imagination; which has proven historically to have no end.
To high light this fact let’s consider a bit of history. At one time the idea of “one man and one woman for one lifetime” was a standard view, no one argued. As time went on the desire for “no fault divorce” became more acceptable until divorce is now just a byword of American culture. (Incidentally, among other marriage reforms associated with strengthening traditional marriage we are in desperate need of divorce reform.) From divorce came the idea of co-habitation. From there we fast forward to present day when homosexuality and civil unions are desirable among a minority and ideas like polygamy and polyamory have strong proponents as well. The devolution of marriage is evident.
The argument that any idea of what constitutes a relationship is not the intended goal or end is false. Homosexual advocates use it to say they don’t support polygamous relationships but it’s a non-argument because if our government seeks to redefine marriage once it will have to continue to redefine it for others or be guilt of the discrimination it now accuses traditional marriage supporters of.
The dark side to this discussion is in the gutters where pedophiles lie in wait to argue that adult-child relationships are nothing more than an alternative lifestyle; just like homosexuality. About 20 years ago such a claim would land any person in a stretcher or even jail, but in today’s underage, sex-crazed society the acceptance of the claim is shockingly more widespread than I care to acknowledge.
Chelsea Schilling, writing at WND.com, has recently asked the question “Has the normalization of pedophilia begun?” in her latest article. Citing a story recently featured by CNN with homosexual psychologist James Cantor, the article quotes Cantor:
“It appears that one can be born with a brain predisposed to experience sexual arousal in response to children…The science suggests that they are people who, through no fault of their own, were born with a sex drive that they must continuously resist, without exception, throughout their entire lives.”
The article goes on to explain that advocates like Cantor, and groups like B4U-ACT and NAMBLA are seeking to normalize pedophilia as just another alternative lifestyle. How do I know they are seeking to normalize it? They are taking the same steps homosexual advocates took in the 70’s and 80’s by calling on the APA to remove pedophilia from its list of mental disorders. Advocates like Fred Berlin of Johns Hopkins are publicly seeking “acceptance of and compassion for people who are attracted to minors.”
A recent symposium had the following major themes to share with attendees:
- Pedophiles are unfairly “demonized” in society.
- The concept of “wrong” should not be applied to “minor-attracted persons.”
- “Children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult.
- “An adult’s desire to have sex with children is ‘normative.’”
- And the Diagnostic Manual “ignores that pedophiles ‘have feelings of love and romance for children’ the same way adult heterosexuals have for each other.”
This is only shocking in a society where there is absolute foundation for moral and civil law. Without the religious freedom necessary to use the truth of Scripture to establish absolute moral and civil laws we are left with an immoral and shifting position based solely on culture and opinions. And in a society where abuse scandals are growing and children are increasingly being told that sexuality is flexible and non-moral, the necessary end is a place where people believe it’s acceptable for adults to indulge their deviant desires; including sex with children.
Parental involvement is not an option. Christian involvement is not an option. It is time to stand up and speak up for biblical truth.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.