Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday ramblings

Was watching the news this morning and it caused me to ponder something. Hillary Clinton was talking about the Egyptian situation, how Mubarik (I don't know how to spell his name) was placed back on the ballot in the elections despite the will of the people. The Egyptian people had rebelled against his regime and wanted him out. Now he is back on the democratic ballot, not by the will of the people but by the will of the government. She was saying how this way wrong. (Understand that I am not claiming to know the ins and outs of what is going on in Egypt. Nor do i have an opinion on what the Egyptians should do or not do. That is up to them, not me or the U.S.A.) She stated that the government should not go against the will of the people.

Then I thought to myself, "Isn't that interesting? Hasn't the government in America gone against the will of the people?" How has it done that you ask. Thanks for asking. I have thought about the issue of same-sex marriage. In California, the voters decided overwhelming to say that marriage is between one man and one woman and to say "no" to same-sex marriage. That vote was declared unconstitutional and was overturned by - wait for it - the government. Gasp! Could it be that the very thing we are saying is wrong to do in Egypt - the government going against the will of the people - is going on right here in the good ole' U.S. of A.? In other states (which I can't think of right now and I don't feel like checking on line to find out), it was decided to stay with traditional, one man and one woman marriage, and the government overturned that and said that the voters didn't have the right to decide such a thing.

I am amazed how the morality of our society has changed so much. What is morally wrong is declared to be morally right. And when you speak out against such moral evils you are called unloving, uncaring and a whole host of other terrible things.

Never is it asked, "What does the Lord say?" In fact, we have done our best to remove the Lord from our society. Is it any wonder then that we are having such problems - moral, economic, etc.? Just as in Israel of years ago (translate that to mean in the Old Testament time, the time of the prophets and the divided kingdom), so it is today. As we turn our backs on the Lord, can we ask Him to bless our nation? "God bless America" we sing. But why would He? We have told Him to butt out of our lives and leave us alone, so why would He then turn around and bless our nation?

Why? Because He is a gracious God, merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love. He doesn't treat us as we treat Him. He sends the rain on the just and the unjust. He gives food to the righteous and the unrighteous (when in reality He is giving food to all the unrighteous because none of us can claim to be righteous). So He will continue to be with us and our nation even when we aren't with Him or we don't want to follow His will.

Thank You God for being You! Please forgive us for turning our back upon You and Your will. Help us, individually and collectively, to turn our hearts from ourselves and our sinful desires to following You and Your perfect will.


  1. Where are you reading that Mubarak is on the ballot in Egypt? He was sentenced to life in prison, wasn't he? Could you reference the Clinton quote?

    Our courts don't base decisions on the popularity of an idea. They base their decisions on whether or not a law supports or conflicts with our constitution. Would slavery have been abolished if it were just up for popular vote in the 1860s? Would inter-racial marriage be allowed if it weren't for a court decision?

    Civil rights are not always "popular".

    Since I can't find Clinton's statement to which you refer and since I don't find any evidence that Mubarak is truly on the ballot in Egypt, I can't comment intelligently about her statement. But, if she is commenting that the Egyptian's court ruling is contrary to the new Egyptian constitution, then she has a valid point - and it would be the same point the US court made when they declared California's anti-gay marriage bill unconstitutional.

    Blaming our economic issues on our society's acceptance of difference in sexual orientation seems to be very closely aligned with the Westboro Baptist Church's protests throughout our country as well as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell's statements on the reasons people were murdered on 9/11 by terrorists.

    Our economic issues aren't mysterious. They are easily explained by the economic polices of the Bush administration. The immorality of corporations like Bain Capital have much more to do with our economic woes than two men who want the rights and benefits of being recognized as a legal couple.

  2. I don't know how same sex marriage or any other alternate lifestyle can be construed by our modern courts as being constitutional when none of these aberrant lifestyles were condoned by those who framed the constitution. It seems like the will of the people is trampled according to the rapidly evolving views of an oligarchy of social engineers, judges, and politicians.

  3. The will of the people being trampled is a bit of a stretch. The vote was 52.24% to 47.76% with 2.48% of the votes not counted. The numbers nationwide are probably even closer than that.

    As for those who framed the constitution, they were perfectly accepting of other aberrant lifestlyes - slavery, wife abuse, extra-marital affairs. Thomas Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings is one good example. I'm sure there are others - many that we will never know about.

    In reversing Proposition 8, the Court cited the 14th Amendment. It basically provides for each citizen to have the same rights. That means every citizen - every person - not just those who share a specific belief system.