soul of madnessMadness reached these shores long ago. Just like the frog sitting in a slowly heating pot of water, the souls of the West soak luxuriantly in an ethos heating up by imperceptible degrees. Death has been kept at bay by the cooling effects of moral capital amassed by our forefathers, but the moral reserves are nearly exhausted. The corrosive effects of liberation ideologies on the American soul have been dramatic. Dark ideas have blotted out the light of moral truth. We have stood as witnesses to the transformation of our national character from honest inquiry into blind relativism. We are soul-sick, and soul sickness precedes physical death the way day precedes the night. We are in the twilight of our days.

Freedom has been traditionally understood as the freedom from vices so as to be virtuous. Modern madness claims that freedom is freedom from traditional morality, from the life of virtue expressed by religious adherence to the Creator. Freedom in the distorted terms of this debate is to be uninhibited by conscience or government to do one’s own will, to be licentious. Our moral inversion is nearly complete. Nowhere is this inversion more troubling than in the area of human sexuality. Instead of the created order’s obvious sex categories of male and female, we can now enjoy up to fifty-six different gender choices. The confusion is exponential. No longer are homosexual unions the only unnatural sexual pairings encroaching on public morality and public policy—and though they are not in the limelight yet, there are now too many aberrations to mention, but each one takes as much offense as the homosexualists to the suggestion of disorder. And each one will demand their day in court for public affirmation.

The pink wooly Mammoth in the room is the enormous double-standard of free speech. One can scream from the rooftops an erotic love for animals, for oneself, for several folks at the same time, for relatives, for small children and any number of unhealthy liaison, without fear of public scorn, and indeed with the expectation of being greeted by sympathy and perhaps even applause. Yet when a well-ordered and ethically-cultivated man expresses a belief in a moral standard concerning monogamy and properly ordered sexual acts (these occurring solely inside the bonds of sacramental marriage), there will be hell to pay. Simply to hold a belief that sex acts outside the bonds of sacramental marriage are intrinsically disordered will draw insults and threats at the least, and, very likely, lawsuits and jail time down the line.

Hitching-Post-Idaho-638x425Who can really imagine an age that does not flinch at the absurdity of the charges against David and Evelyn Knapp, a couple married for forty-seven years. They are Christian ministers and run a wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They refused to perform a “same sex wedding” because it goes against their Christian beliefs. They have been sued. In the lawsuit they are threatened with penalties wildly out of proportion to any imaginary offense. By the misapplication of the anti-discrimination law, the Knapps are threatened with three years of jail time and a seven-thousand-dollar fine if they refuse to perform a “gay wedding” within the week. If they refuse for thirty days. they risk fourteen years in jail and $30,000 in fines. And if they refuse for a year, they risk jail for 180 years and fines exceeding $365,000.

The case of the Knapps is a thermometer indicating an unhealthy rise in the temperature of our body politic. Externally, this is an attack on Christians and good men and women still in possession of a Christian worldview that holds virtue and vice in their proper spheres. Is it really no longer “allowed” in this once great land to hold that the sex with which one is born carries with it an ontological weight too heavy for applied science to transform? Is it really an offense to believe that sex acts outside the bonds of marriage are immoral and do real damage to real human souls and their families? Does holding this belief call for time in prison or exorbitant fines? Does one deserve to be stripped of his First Amendment rights just because he believes that sex acts between two people of the same sex are unnatural and disordered? It is very troubling to note that our laws are transmogrifying to support one group of disordered souls in absurd claims, and to punish well-ordered souls for holding positions grounded in moral law.

The sides of this tragic moral debate have been cast in false stone to the detriment of our future. The sexual liberation debate is similar to other reductionist ideologies in that everything is reduced to the grounds of pathology. Those in favor of sexual liberation call themselves nice and tolerant. Those against sexual liberation are said to be mean and intolerant. However, this is a false dichotomy. On the right side of this fiasco we are not intolerant of persons, but intolerant of immoral behavior because we know it decays civilization and harms the very souls promoting it.

Those in favor of sexual liberation are intolerant of persons who stand morally against their licentious behavior but are nice and accepting of all manner of immoral behavior. Our objections to sexual license are for the good of our opponents and society. Their objections to a morally ordered society are destructive, and they mean to harm us as evidenced by this sham of a lawsuit against the Knapps. There are mounting cases of homosexual activists attempting financially to ruin folks who by conscience cannot provide particular services.

The side promoting sexual license is hateful towards their opponents. They wish real ill on Christians and moralists alike. They would see real and measurable loss inflicted upon souls of good will simply because they hold an opposing view. In contrast, excepting of course the pharisaical moralist, the rightly ordered Christian loves his enemy. If we are on the right side of things we will wish goodness and reconciliation on those afflicted with disordered habits, not for their own sakes, but for truth’s sake. In short, we welcome civil discourse; they do not.

All this ought to concern us much more than it seems to. We do worse than nothing if we stand idly by and watch our children suffocate in this moral quicksand. We must at least stand together and object to the above-mentioned lawsuit and similar movements to quash the rights of conscience and remove Christianity from public life. We must object to these efforts of our enemies on the grounds of truth measured by natural and divine law. The very existence of Western Civilization is at stake. Let us stand up and defend our sons and daughters from this encroaching madness.

caabchurch2If we are not willing to risk public persecution for binding ourselves to natural and divine law, let us at least in the privacy of our own homes lead our children upwards to the narrow path of virtue. It is nearly impossible to shelter our kids completely from the moral squalor so ubiquitous in the present climate. Yet it is our moral duty to arm our children both intellectually and morally against the prevailing and shifting “norms” of the day. Let us confront this soul of madness by prayerful courage and then cooperate with grace for the sake of all in our society.

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