Is it me or are there just many more wedding bells ringing? This past weekend, I went to a lovely wedding of two wonderful, devout Christian young people. The wedding was officiated by a number of priests and deacons, one of whom was the bride’s father. It was a magnificently beautiful wedding, and deeply Christ-honoring in every way. And at the reception, the food and the band were terrific, too. Next month, I have two more weddings I have been invited to, both of which are between devout Christian believers. So, I will rejoice with them and their families as well.
The Pentagon, in keeping with its affirmation of same-sex (“SS”) marriage, has now implemented a policy to encourage more weddings in the future. You may have heard that on September 3, 2013, the Pentagon extended to legally married SS couples the same privileges and programs that are provided to legally married heterosexual couples, including benefits tied to military stores, health care, housing, separation allowances, and other government welfare programs. So how will the Pentagon encourage more weddings? The Pentagon announced an early wedding gift to SS couples: if military personnel are stationed in any one of the 37 states where SS marriage is illegal, military personnel will now be offered up to ten days of leave so that they can travel to one of the other 13 states, or the District of Columbia, to obtain a SS marriage license and to enjoy their SS honeymoon. This also applies if military personnel are serving overseas. This is in addition to the normal 30 days of leave available to military personnel. (Incidentally, doesn’t this discriminate against heterosexual soldiers who do not get a special marriage leave? It certainly seems so on its face. In any event, how many civilians have 30 days of paid vacation every year?) Mark Mazzone, spokesman for the LGBT military advocacy group, Spart*A (yes, really!) said, “We don’t want the country at large to think that these couples are getting special treatment. There will still be expenses and difficulties, but we feel like [the uncharged SS marriage leave] is a fair compromise.” So there you go: homosexual honeymoons at taxpayers’ expense are a good “compromise”; heterosexual honeymoons are bad, and those couples can pay for it themselves.
Of course, traditional Judeo-Christian values are no longer welcome in Obama’s America. There is a particular irony in all this. For those who deny biblical Christian faith, most support and believe in the theory of evolution. Those who believe in naturalistic, nihilistic evolution understand that each generation is compelled to improve the survivability of the human species through procreation between a man and woman. Survival of the fittest, and all that. Thus, supporters of evolution must logically conclude that the one percent of adult males, for instance, who are exclusively homosexual constitute an evolutionary defect. (Could this be why no homosexual gene has yet been found, even though proponents will often say how homosexuals are born that way? What if there isn’t really a genetic basis to homosexuality after all, particularly since the human genome has been mapped and relentlessly studied? The implications at the Pentagon could be too fearsome to contemplate.) Further, on the far more practical side, what is to prevent two non-homosexual males or females, for instance, to “marry” in order to obtain extra leave, as well as all of the military benefits that will be paid by you, the American taxpayer. So, I can certainly imagine two soldiers stuck in a barracks wanting to “come out” of the barracks and into more comfortable married quarters. Such things have happened before in other nations.
We can never negate or ignore the important biblical principle that one reaps what they sow, and the biblical principle of sowing and reaping also applies to our nation, or to any nation. I am sure that there are countless active-duty military personnel who are contemplating these days that they didn’t join the military to fight for al Qaeda in the Syrian civil war, or for homosexuals and lesbians to get the benefits of matrimony, especially as military benefits are being cut for all other active-duty military personnel and especially for veterans. I am reminded of Psalm 2, where the Psalmist declares:
Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath,
Sadly, the laughter of God leads to judgment on any nation that rails against a holy and righteous God and His people. But I give thanks to a great and holy God for the wonderful wedding I recently attended, and I look forward to two more in October as well. I hope that you also had a relaxing and peaceful Labor Day holiday. Continue to pray for the many suffering people of Syria and Egypt, and particularly for those of our household of faith. Please also pray for God’s protection over those who serve in our nation’s military, and that our God will pour out His Holy Spirit calling many to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.