Because Republican platforms over the years have been much closer to my values than Democratic platforms, I’ve voted Republican for as long as I can remember. But when it comes to bringing about moral and cultural change in America, I don’t turn to any political party. No chance. There is a moral compromise in both major parties, and the battle we are waging for the soul of the nation is a spiritual battle long before it is a political battle. The recent House vote to codify same-sex “marriage” was another reminder.
As reported by Fox News on July 19:
“A vote to codify same-sex marriage into federal law divided House Republicans on Tuesday, with about a third of the GOP conference voting with Democrats in favor and the rest against.
“In a vote of 267 to 157, the House passed legislation repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and enshrining protections for same-sex marriage into federal law. Overall, 47 House Republicans voted with nearly all Democrats to support the measure, dubbed the Honor Marriage Act.
Let that sink in for a moment.
It is bad enough that this bill is called the “respecting marriage act”, since the “marriage” it speaks of represents a radical and fundamental redefinition of the institution of marriage.
And it was to the shame of the Democratic Party that “nearly all Democrats” voted in favor of the measure.
But it’s no surprise that Democrats voted this way, given that they are openly and proudly pro-LGBTQ+. Perhaps the only surprise is that some didn’t toe the line.
But that 47 Republicans vote this way, representing nearly 25% of all Republicans in the House, is both surprising and shameful.
This is because the Republican Party is supposed to be the pro-life, pro-family party, the party that upholds traditional Judeo-Christian values. If not, why do so many conservative Christians vote Republican if not for these fundamental moral and social values?
The fact is, the Supreme Court’s 2015 redefinition of marriage represents one of the most sweeping social developments in our country’s history, fundamentally changing the meaning and purpose of marriage.
In fact, the same Barack Obama who lit up the White House in rainbow colors to celebrate the 2015 decision is the same person who said during his campaign in 2008 that as a Christian he believed that marriage was the union of a man and a woman.
Not only that, but Proposition 8, which was on the ballot in 2008 in California and upheld the historic definition of marriage, passed with the help of strong turnout from African American voters. They voted for Barack Obama, but in keeping with their largely conservative family values, they voted for Proposition 8. In their minds, the man they were voting for shared their views.
This is how the tide has changed dramatically and rapidly in our country, from Candidate Obama affirming male-female marriage to President Obama changing his mind in his first term.
This is part of the reason why we find ourselves in the midst of such cultural madness today, where the very meaning of “woman” is hotly debated, where medical websites use acronyms such as AFAB and AMAB ( meaning, assigned female at birth and assigned male at birth) rather than “feminine” and “masculine”, and where even the Merriam-Webster dictionary has extended her definition of “feminine”.
The normalization of same-sex “marriage” was simply the proverbial camel’s nose entering the tent, followed by: 1) the escalation of radical trans activism in schools, the workplace, on television and on the networks social, and in sport; 2) the rise of drag queens, to the point where the American Library Association endorses drag queens reading stories to small children in libraries; 3) the growing marginalization of those who hold to conservative Christian values both on the ground and legally.
In fact, if I only provided links to my relevant articles on these topics over the last 7 years (since Obergefell), this entire page (literally) would be filled with “see here and here and here . . . .” The list is nearly endless. (For now, if you want devastating proof of #3 in the list above, go here.)
Truly now, redefining marriage wasn’t even on the radar of mainstream gay activists just a few decades ago, because by no means was cultural change of this enormity even contemplated. Yet here we are today when 47 Republicans voted to codify this sweeping redefinition of our most fundamental social institution.
Again, as I’ve said many times, by saying this, I don’t mean that gay couples don’t love each other deeply. And I don’t deny that many of them are incredibly dedicated parents. I simply mean that marriage throughout history, with rare and minor exceptions (like Nero marrying a man who took on feminine characteristics), has always been the union of a man and a woman. And from a biblical point of view, the idea of two men or two women getting married would be quite odious.
That 47 House Republicans vote to protect this new version of “marriage” is deplorable (in the worst sense of the word), regardless of what Republican senators decide to do.
And it’s another reminder that, while I continue to prefer Republican politics over Democratic politics, on the whole, I absolutely do not see either party as major agents of just moral and cultural change. This remains the vocation of the Church and the role of the Gospel.
As I say in my next book, The political seduction of the Church, confusing the role of politics with the role of the gospel is a fatal error. We cannot afford to do it again.
Dr. Michael Brown (www.askdrbrown.org) is the host of the national radio show Line of Fire. His latest book is Revival or We Die: A Great Revival Is Our Only Hope. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitteror YouTube.