Homosexual Marriage: We Have Sown The Wind, And Now Reap The Whirlwind.

Homosexual Marriage Is The Logical Conclusion For A Culture That Celebrates Sterility!  Widespread Acceptance Of The Homosexual Lifestyle Is God’s Punishment For Sin!

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Msgr. Charles Pope – There is, among faithful Catholics, a dismay, and even an understandable anger at the events unfolding at the Supreme Court these past days related to gay unions. And even if the court were to uphold traditional marriage (which does not seem likely), or merely return the matter to the States,  it seems quite clear where our culture is going regarding this matter, approving things once, not so long ago, considered unthinkable.

What then to do with our dismay and anger? It is too easy to vent anger, which is not only unproductive, but in the current state of “hyper-tolerance” for all things gay, angry denunciations are counter-productive.

Rather our anger should be directed to a wholehearted embrace and living out of the biblical vision of human sexuality and marriage. Our anger should be like an energy that fuels our zeal to live purity, and speak of its glory to a confused and out-of-control culture.

The fact is, traditional marriage has been in a disgraceful state for over 50 years, and heterosexual misbehavior has been off the hook in the same period. And, if we are honest, heterosexual misbehavior and confusion has been largely responsible for bringing forth the even deeper confusion and disorder of homosexual activity, and particularly the widespread approval of it.

We have sown the wind, and now reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7).

Our anger, dismay and sorrow are better directed inward toward our own conversion to greater purity as a individuals, families and parishes, than outward toward people who will only interpret it as “hate” and bigotry” anyway.

A few thoughts to frame our own reflections in how we have gotten to this place of darkness in our culture.

1.  The fundamental flaw in modern thinking about human sexuality, the “Ur” (root) problem, is the (sinful) declaration that there is “no necessary connection” between human sexual activity and procreation. Here is the real taproot of modern confusion about human sexuality and all the disorders that flow from it. Such notions began as early as 1930 in the Lambeth Conference where the Church of England was the first Christian Denomination to serious brook this sinful notion. The thinking gained steam through the 1950s, via Margaret Sanger et al. and came to full (and ugly) flower in 1960s with the pill and the sexual revolution.

2. Any 8th grade biology student ought to be able to see the flaw in the “no necessary connection” argument. For if sex has no necessary connection to procreation but can be only for fun or pleasure, then what are the sperm and ova doing there? Did not nature and nature’s God intend some connection. Alas, what even an 8th grader can see, was set aside and/or became unintelligible to a generation obsessed with its passions. Claiming to be wise they became fools and their senseless minds were darkened (Rom 1:22-23)

3. Once the necessary connection between sex and procreation was set aside, contraceptives moved from being something related to prostitution to being a downright “noble” thing to use and promote. Sex became a frivolous plaything and promiscuity became widespread, since the most obvious consequences of sinful, frivolous and out of control behavior, now seemed to be to largely preventable. Promiscuity exploded on the scene and was celebrated in popular culture, in the music, on T.V. and so forth. Enter the further explosion of sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, single motherhood and exploding divorce rates. Because guess what? Contraceptives were not full-proof (or should we say “foolproof”). Its not nice to fool Mother Nature and our “no-necessary connection” insistence cannot thus ushers in all these disorders.

4. But never mind all that, we didn’t learn we just doubled-down. Next we put marriage in the shredder by further declaring that there is no necessary connection between marriage and procreation. More pills and condoms please. Divorces continued to skyrocket, as birthrates plummeted.

5. In a parallel trend single parent families entered the scene in a big way. For if it is true that marriage does not have any necessary connection to children, then apparently having children has no necessary connection to marriage. As single parent families rise, so do juvenile delinquency rates, and teen suicides. SAT scores and graduation rates, however, went down.

6. But never mind all that. What was needed is more condoms! Never mind that contraceptives and the underlying “no necessary connection” distortion ushered all this pain and distortion in. No! what we need is some more hair of the dog that bit us. More contraceptives! The government should promote and provide them free.  In fact, start giving them to children and teens. After all, with decades of sexual misbehavior, who is really able to control themselves? And any one who suggests we ought to try is called puritanical, judgmental, unrealistic and a likely Christian. Let’s add free abortion to the mix and pass laws that permit parents to be kept in the dark when their daughters are taken to abortionists.

OK, you get the point, we heterosexuals have been involved in a down spiraling series of distortions and sexual misbehavior for over fifty years now. And this misbehavior is widespread and even celebrated in our culture.

Add to this terrible picture, the scandalous silence of pulpits, the shrugging over flagrant fornication, cohabitation and high divorce rates by Church leaders, parents, and other community leaders.

Yes, we have sown the wind. And now comes the whirlwind. Enter the “gay” community who have in effect called our bluff and illustrate the absurdity of our “no-necessary connection” philosophy. For, if sex has “no necessary connection” to procreation, and can just be about what pleasures you, or is just your way to show “care” for another, if this is the case, what’s wrong with homosexual behavior? And if marriage is just about two adults being happy and there is “no necessary connection” to procreation, why can’t homosexuals “marry”?

Welcome to the whirlwind. Yes, we heterosexuals have misbehaved for over fifty years now, and, in process dispensed widespread confusion about sex and distorted its purpose. We have loved the darkness, and now the darkness deepens with the obvious absurdity of homosexual “marriage” a misnomer before it is even uttered. But so is contraceptive marriage.

Is Homosexual activity disordered? You better believe it. But so is contraceptive heterosexual activity since it is no longer ordered per se to procreation. In fact, it is rightly argued that contraceptive sex is really just mutual masturbation, it is not true or ordered human sexual activity at all. It is disordered, for it is not ordered to its proper end.

The grave disorder of homosexual acts and the equally grave celebration on them in our culture is a very deep darkness. Scripture calls homosexual activity παρὰ φύσιν “para physin” (contrary to nature – cf Rom 1:26). Any cursory examination of the structure and design of the human body (which is revelation) makes it clear that the man is not for the man, the man is for the woman. The woman is for the man, not another woman. Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? (Mk 8:18)

In Romans 1:17ff St. Paul and the Holy Spirit describe a culture that has gone very dark. For the men of St. Paul’s day “suppressed the truth by their wickedness” (v. 18). And this suppression of the truth led to an ever deepening darkness wherein their thinking became futile and their senseless minds were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools (vv 21-22). And darkness led to depravity wherein: God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lieBecause of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in their bodies the due penalty for their error. (v 24-27).

Some Protestant preachers have warned over the years that God would punish this nation for celebrating homosexual activity. But St. Paul’s point is even more poignant: The widespread acceptance of homosexual activity IS God’s punishment. It is a punishment that does not single out homosexuals, it is a punishment on us all. We are collectively very confused, and the darkness grows ever deeper. We have sown the wind, we are now reaping the whirlwind.

The faithful Catholic is right to be dismayed and angry. But allow this anger to fuel commitment to living and speaking the truth. Do not direct it merely to wrath or scapegoating. Let this anger fuel your commitment to speak the truth about human sexuality to your children and grandchildren, to be silent no more, embarrassed no more. Speak plainly and boldly, clearly and with charity. But let your anger fuel commitment to the truth, by what you say and how you live. Be angry, but do not sin (Eph 4:26).

Most of us have contributed to the darkness of these times and need to repent. Perhaps we have bought into the lie of contraception and spread it. Perhaps some have been promiscuous. Other too may have been pure, but were too silent to the impurity around them. And having sown the wind, we reap now the whirlwind. It’s time to repent. It’s time to be angry but sin not.

Originally posted at:  http://blog.adw.org/

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9 comments to Homosexual Marriage: We Have Sown The Wind, And Now Reap The Whirlwind.

  • Kenneth Smith

    What we see today is sad. These last days are filled with trials and difficulties. My hope is that the church will stay together to combat the evils that will come from within. Sadly, the worst has not occurred as of yet. When it does, I hope that the church will remain steadfast.

  • Marlyn

    The Church further needs to take responsibility for not having fought for marriage (indissolubility/permanence) when the no fault divorce was beginning, and for allowing human faults/frailty to become ‘grounds’ for Null decisions to the point that people think that they have a ‘right’ to a Null verdict from our Tribunals. Then we blame ‘catechesis’ for it is easier to go this route than to ‘offend’ those in the pews who walked out on their first families. Instead of defending the first marriage adequately, esp in the midst of an affair on the part of the one leaving the marriage, the promise of a Null verdict ‘lures’ them to ‘come home’, but leaves that first family defenseless. No effort to remind anyone that it is a command from the Lord in 1Cor 7:10-11. So we lose the children of the first marriage who leave the Church, and we now have serial ‘first marriages’ … wonder what this looks like in God’s eyes? I’ll bet Jesus sees it as He calls it…
    Jesus said it four times… read the red Letter editions of Matt 5:31-32, Matt 19:3-9, Mark 10:2-9, and Luke 16:18 as He covers every single person involved in any divorce and subsequent marriage. He does not just speak to say nice things to quote. He MEANS what He says. Lord, have Mercy on all of us.

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    I pray people will listen to me since I lived in this lifestyle for over
    forty years. Society is seeing one side of homosexuality, therefore
    they support same sex marriage. They fail to see the sinful dark side.
    Trust me. Shows like Will and Grace, and Modern Family are portraying
    homosexuality as something beautiful. Its not the reality of homosexuality.
    Homosexuals will argue to no end that they are happy. I did this for years.
    I actually convinced myself I was happy. All that so called happiness brought
    me drug addiction and Aids. By the grace of God I’m free from that destructive
    life. I can now say I’m truly happy because I’m walking a new path with God.
    We must love our gay brothers and sister and pray they find their way out of this
    darkness. I pray each day that these men and women hear my story and find their
    way out.
    I can’t help to think of homosexuals when I say these words. ” Lead all souls into
    heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.” However they must amend their ways to get there.

  • Andy

    TG

    I am sure that not all women you nephews age with children are from sleeping around. My wonderful wife of 32 years had a child that today I gladly call him my son. This was from a divorce and I am so happy that I found my life partner my wife.

  • TG

    Father, as usual, you are right. As a woman, it breaks my heart that so many young women allow themselves to be sexual objects and just live with men and have their kids but the man never marries them. Of course, they’ll say they’re not ready for marriage. You have a man’s kid and live with him but you’re not ready for marriage! My nephew wants to marry but can’t find a woman his age (late 20’s) who has no kids. He calls young women a “rather unkind slur” that I can’t use here and says it’s their fault for being easy and he’s just going to use them. My nephew is wrong but this is the state of dating today. I’m going to stress chastity and self respect to my granddaughter and of course, pray.

  • lisag

    Pray for wisdom and obedience.

  • Bill

    Where did Ralph’s message go?

    _______________________

    Hello Bill,

    Ralph called Father a closet homosexual. That is very unprofessional and lacks charity. So, it was deleted.

    God bless,
    John Quinn

  • Bill

    This seems appropriate:

    Jansenism was a Christian theological movement, primarily in France, that emphasized original sin, human depravity, the necessity of divine grace, and predestination. The movement originated from the posthumously published work of the Dutch theologian Cornelius Jansen, who died in 1638. It was first popularized by Jansen’s friend Jean du Vergier, Abbé de Saint-Cyran, and after Saint-Cyran’s death in 1643 was led by Antoine Arnauld. Through the 17th and into the 18th centuries, Jansenism was a distinct movement within the Catholic Church. The theological centre of the movement was the Parisian convent of Port-Royal, which was a haven for writers including Saint-Cyran, Arnauld, Pierre Nicole, Blaise Pascal, and Jean Racine.

    Jansenism was opposed by many in the Catholic hierarchy, especially the Jesuits. Although the Jansenists identified themselves only as rigorous followers of Augustinism, Jesuits coined the term “Jansenism” to identify them as having Calvinist affinities.[1] The papal bull Cum occasione, issued by Pope Innocent X in 1653, condemned five cardinal doctrines of Jansenism as heresy — especially the relationship between human free will and efficacious grace, wherein the teachings of Augustine, as presented by the Jansenists, contradicted the teachings of the Jesuit School.[1] Jansenist leaders endeavored to accommodate the pope’s pronouncements while retaining their distinctives, and enjoyed a measure of peace in the late 17th century under Pope Clement IX. However, further controversy led to the bull Unigenitus, issued by Clement XI in 1713, which marked the end of Catholic toleration of Jansenist doctrine.

  • Bill

    Ralph is on to something.

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