by Vaughn Ohlman from True Love Doesn’t Wait – Love, Acceptance, and Pragmatism
Editor’s note: This is one of the most frightening things about the Quiverfull movement, the attempt to seize and redefine language in order to force ones religious and political beliefs on another group of people, to legislate morality. There’s a great deal in the unquoted parts about banning abortion, doing away with same sex unions and forcing young marriage on people that we’ll not quote here. But the semantics of seizing the language that we use to discuss those things is a terrifying thing and how fundamentalism forces their views on others legally. No matter what Von says that is not love.
The difference between pragmatism and Christianity seems to come back around to the word ‘love’. Christians are called to love their neighbors. Our Lord taught us that this includes those who hate us. Along with the issues of young, fruitful marriage; the issues of Sodomy and Child-murder are significant to what we do on this site. Both stand in blasphemous and abominable contradiction to God’s path and plan for marriage.
Our interest in these things is not merely academic. Nor is it pragmatic. It is based on the fact that these issues, these sins, destroy those involved; both as individuals and as societies. You cannot say that you love your neighbor and ‘accept’ his sin. If we love our neighbor, and love our society and nation, we need to stand clearly against the sin that does so severely beset it.
We need to see that unless we can clearly see, and speak of, those things that are right, and those things that are wrong, then we cannot call ourselves and our neighbors to right and wrong. To speak clearly, we need to use words that clarify the underlying rightness or wrongness, not words that blur them.
Unless and until we do this, we cannot be said to be ‘loving our neighbor’.