September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday, I probably do not need to remind you of what happened on that particular day, but to say the least there was a vicious attack on Americans on American soil. September 16, 2001 was a Sunday; what I may need to remind you of is that most churches, no matter the denomination, were filled with people seeking comfort in the midst of a suddenly scary world. Attendance in many places approached what would normally be only reserved for Easter Sunday.
June 26, 2015 was a Friday; it was the day the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was now legal and had to be recognized in every state; a most vicious attack on the Word of God. All day long on Friday and Saturday, there were posts from Christians of all denominations, lamenting the court’s decision, and wondering what this meant going forward for both the church and for the country. June 28, 2015 was a Sunday, the pews in most churches showed no noticeable change from any other Sunday in June.
An attack on the nation fills the pews, but an attack on the Word of God goes largely unnoticed?
Now you can point out the many differences between the two: we react differently to the death of nearly 3000 people through unprovoked violence than we do to the ruling on a case that has been in the court system for nearly 10 years now. June is also a different month than September is; and life was not disrupted with a court ruling as it was when buildings collapsed.
Or maybe it is because the ruling on marriage attacked the Word of God, and most people don’t read or believe it anyway.
After all, what are the leading arguments against gay marriage and homosexuality? The scientific reason that only a man and a woman can procreate; the societal issue that children grow up best in homes with a female mom and a male dad; and then there are arguments about the divorce and the abuse rate being so much higher among homosexuals.
Hardly anyone argues from the Word of God, because the people in favor of traditional marriage don’t believe the Word has authority any more than the homosexual community believes the Word has authority.
The same ones who argue in favor of traditional marriage can’t argue from Genesis, because if they did, then they would have to give up their beliefs in evolution. The ones who argue in favor of traditional marriage can’t argue from the Epistles of St. Paul, because if they did, then they would have to acknowledge what he says about the role of women in the Church, or what he says about fellowship in the Lord’s Supper.
That is the problem, when you argue from the Word of God, you have to take the whole Word of God, not just a few verses here or there.
So how do most people argue against homosexual marriage? They point to science and statistics and to tradition and to the constitution; all good arguments, but not the best argument, and certainly not arguments that will drive you to Church on Sunday morning.
The reality is that both the homosexuals and the heterosexuals left the Church a long time ago, because neither one of them believes the Word of God has any meaning.
And so when the Supreme Court rules on marriage on a Friday, and the Word of God is viciously attacked, hardly anyone notices on Sunday.