This past week was disappointing for those who thought Republican gains in the House would slow the tide of the culture-of-death in our nation. 12 Republican Senators announced support for the Orwellian Respect for Marriage Act, which will degrade marriage further in the interest of Egalite. That it will also punish those who engage in wrongthink on the issue is not an accident. It was an odd decision: The election is over; the next election is too far away for people to remember this vote. House leadership changed; it is not a compromise to win votes for other legislation. There is no political advantage. The only conclusion is the 12 believe this is the right thing to do.
The LCMS has declared repeatedly and loudly our defense of marriage. It is the foundation of family, and all society. Despite what is claimed by secularists, children are best raised in a house with their natural mother and father. Individual exceptions do not negate this rule. The secular science on the issue is so one-sided as to be incontrovertible.
Normally, the church is not surprised by such machinations on the part of the world. We are told, “put not your trust in princes.” But this announcement was particularly troublesome. One of the twelve is a member of an LCMS congregation. From my perspective, it is especially galling, because she is from my own district.
There are political truisms; we accept them without question. One party is the party of family and life. The LCMS stands firm. Combine these two, you have: “We should elect members of one party over the other, and especially so if they are members of our own church. This will advance the cause of family and life in our nation.” The disappointment is not that leaders fail. It’s that our truisms were a lie. The easy answers we sold ourselves are neither easy, nor answers.
How do we respond?
We turn to our Lord’s Word. “It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in princes.” “My kingdom is not of this world.” We will never live in a utopia in this world. We must be ready to suffer for God’s Word of Truth.
When all worldly hopes fail, Psalm 2 offers consolation, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and his anointed… He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall have them in derision.”
This latest effort of Satan to corrupt God’s good creation of marriage will fail. The eternal truth of marriage as the foundation of society will endure. No society can reject marriage and survive. Either our nation will repent and return to the Lord, or it will fall.
Saint Paul admonishes us, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that “intercessions be made for kings and for all those in authority.” Our task is to pray. In this case, we pray for our mislead sister in Christ. We also pray for her pastor and congregation: that they be given the grace of God to approach her in Christian humility, so they might restore her in all gentleness. If that fails, we pray they be given the courage to speak the word faithfully to her, and not yield for the sake of worldly acceptance.
We respond as we always have: Prayer and the Word of God.