Up to Our Earlobes in Alligators: Marriage, Religious Freedom and Fiscal Cliffs, Oh My!

Alligators

We are up to our ears in alligators folks

Trying to respond to all the challenges to faith, sanity and the future of Western Civilization these days is like playing a game of whackamole on speed. 

But there are things you can do. Pick one and do it. Then tomorrow, pick another and do that. 

Here are a few ideas. If you have others, please add them in the comments section.

 

 

Marriage

Now that the president has come out swinging for gay marriage, and Britain and France have heads of state who are doing the same, we appear to be in a losing battle on this one. States are passing gay marriage referendums, poll numbers keep piling up in favor of redefining marriage essentially out of existence, and in Britain and other places where they are further along with this than the USA, the refuse from this change is already piling up.

Christians are losing their jobs, being sued and excluded from public life in those countries because they will not compromise on the Gospels. I’ve been told that Britain is talking about doing away with the legal notion that marriage has anything to do with sexual fidelity, since, (I guess) they think that somehow tracks with gay marriage.

So, what are we to do?

First of all, we are to stay the course. We are to stand our ground. Do not quit on the Gospels of Christ because polls tell you that other people are doing that. Do not ever make following Jesus a matter of what is popular or trendy. 

Second, we need to take good care of our own marriages. Love your spouse. Raise your children. Be there, at home with your family as a true husband or wife; father or mother.

Third, we can pray/fast and offer our concerns about the future of marriage up to the Lord, uniting them with His sufferings. Kathy Schiffer, who blogs at Seasons of Grace, published a post about a suggestion from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Here is what part of what she said:

The U.S. Bishops have an idea:  With the Supreme Court about to hear an important case on the rights of homosexuals to marry, the bishops invite you to fast today.  Dedicate your penance, they urge, for the intention of marriage:

For the justices of the Supreme Court, that when they consider two marriage-related cases later this month, they would uphold the authentic meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a good in itself and for all of society.

This is a good idea.  Just publishing their flyer today, on the day of fast, is NOT such a good idea—I’d have told you (and told myself!) yesterday, had I seen anything in the news about it.  (Of course, it may have been pushed aside due to the dramatic news yesterday, namely, the resignation of our Holy Father.) 

Nonetheless, late is better than not at all; so if you’ve already had breakfast and lunch and some snacks (as I have), consider sacrificing in whatever way you can today:  have dinner an hour late; skip the dessert; don’t eat between meals.  Let us join together to offer our minor mortifications in defense of the sacred institution of marriage.

As Kathy notes, it’s too late to skip eating between meals today. But it’s not too late to engage in another simple type of penance. I am going to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and offer that up. I’m sure you can think of something that will work for you. 

Fourth: We can go to Washington to participate in the March for Marriage on March 26, 2013. We are having our annual Oklahoma March for Life on the 25th, so I don’t know if I can manage to go, but I am looking into it. A reader asked me a couple of weeks ago if I knew how we could manage to communicate with the Supreme Court. I didn’t answer her, because I wasn’t sure what to say. Now I know of one way, and this march is it. 

You can find details at the March for Marriage website here. The March for Marriage Facebook page is here

Frank Weathers, who blogs at Why I am Catholic, has also written about this march. You can check it out here. I got this great logo from Frank’s blog:

Marriage March



Religious Freedom

I already gave you a “to do” for this one. You need to call or email your United States Senator or Congressperson and ask them to make the repeal of the HHS Mandate their bargaining point in the Fiscal Cliff/Sequester fight. You can find who they are and how to contact them here

You might also drop a note to the National Democratic and Republican Parties, letting them know that you oppose the HHS Mandate and support religious freedom. 

You can email the Republican National Committee here.

You can email the Democratic National Committee here.

Do not underestimate the power of these national parties where issues like this are concerned. In a Congress of Puppet People, they are often the ones who ultimately pull the strings. 

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  • Bill S

    I’ll try again.

    “Christians are losing their jobs, being sued and excluded from public life in those countries because they will not compromise on the Gospels.”

    Where did Jesus say anything about same sex marriage in the Gospels. I really want to know.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Again, I’m far too busy to explain this to Bill. Does someone else want to try?

    • SteveP

      Christ Jesus did not speak of untrue things. An adult education class – probably available from your local parish – would help you form questions regarding the Faith as well as provide the basis for answers.

      • Ted Seeber

        Bill isn’t about to listen to anything anybody has to say on the subject anyway. His mind is closed to truth.

      • Bill S

        Steve P. What I am trying to say is that someone is not going to lose their job for refusing to do something specifically prohibited by their religion. Marrying someone of the same sex would be prohibited by the Catholic Church. But recognizing the rights of a same sex couple to marry and treating them accordingly is not against any religion. Furthermore, Jesus never condemned half the things that people claim that he did in the gospels. Someone might think that Jesus spoke to them and told them not to associate with gay married couples or not to recognize their marriage, but that is not the same thing as reading it in the Bible.

        So as far as Christians losing their jobs for staying true to the Gospel, that doesn’t apply to someone offending gays or discriminating against them. There is nothing in the gospels that would justify a Christian doing that.

        • Oregon Catholic

          1. Moral relativists believe they have no right to tell anyone else how to live (even tho it’s a bald-faced lie on their part). Christians disagree, we are to preach the Gospel and we are to protect the Body of Christ. Telling someone how they should live is not the same as forcing it. Society tells other people how to live their lives every day through the laws that are passed. This is one way Christians attempt to tell other people how to live their lives, by passing laws they agree with, and it is exactly what every other citizen does as well when they vote. SSM advocates have no trouble at all telling others to accept it, which is to me telling me how I have to live my life. I’m not an island and what other people around me do effects me.

          2. Gays are intolerant and offended by too many things. In hundreds of ways they can force a Christian in practical terms to violate their religious beliefs. I was discriminated against in a prior job because I did not wear a rainbow ribbon when the business I worked for ‘celebrated’ GLBTQ day. I never said a word, I just didn’t wear it. The institution decided to single out a politically correct but controversial group to promote and through their efforts and attitudes made it very uncomfortable for anyone not to participate in ‘celebrating’ them. My direct supervisor, who was very openly homosexual, saw that I was not wearing one, commented on it, and our previously good relationship was never the same after that. He took personal offense and it led to problems that cost me my job when it came time to reorganize. This is one example from quite a few years ago when ssm was not even a serious possibility. As Catholics clash more and more with the larger relativist culture it will get worse. And when things get worse, people start feeling like they can begin to ‘force’ people to comply in more and more agressive ways.

        • SteveP

          BillS: I realize you have questions but have a difficult time forming them given that your self-selecting group believes Ernie and Bert are “same-sex married.” However, stick with your intellectual curiosity and attend some Catholic adult education classes.


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