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Whom Will You Serve?

27 Jun

serveIf somehow Catholics didn’t realize it before Friday, I hope the realization has dawned. We have a choice to make.

If you’re a Catholic who feels like celebrating this wretched Supreme Court decision to impose same-sex “marriage” on the nation, may I strongly suggest that you reconsider your cheers.

I saw a lot of that on Facebook all day on Friday. Catholics, using the transparent rainbow on their profile pictures; Catholics repeating the secular line about “not imposing their beliefs” on anyone; Catholics talking about their unwillingness to “judge” anyone who supports same-sex “marriage”, and so forth.

It was discouraging to say the least.

It means that too many Catholics have been catechized only by the secular culture and not by the Church. They believe the lie that by speaking the truth, they are “imposing” their beliefs on others. They fear the accusations of hatred and bigotry from friends or family more than they fear the Lord.

That may sound harsh, but let’s cut through the crap and get right to the point. Each of us must choose whom we will serve. We can no longer live as though agreeing with the world isn’t disagreeing with God.

We’ve gotten away with such duplicity, it seemed to us anyway, until now because the culture tolerated it.

Those days are over.

The Supreme Court has declared a “new orthodoxy”, as Justice Samuel Alito called it. How fitting that he used religious terminology to describe Friday’s ruling and this new mandated form of “marriage” that we must all accept, by their decree.

“Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”

Dissent from this new orthodoxy will certainly not be tolerated, even to the smallest degree. This brings us swiftly to the decision point: Who will it be? God or Caesar? There is no middle ground — that earth has been scorched.

If there remains confusion about what our Church teaches on the subject, let’s clear it up. From Canon lawyer Ed Peters:

“Catholic doctrine and discipline can never, ever, recognize as married two persons of the same sex, and any Catholic who regards “same-sex marriage” as marriage is, beyond question, “opposed to the doctrine for the Church” (Canon 750 § 2). I am sorry so many Catholics apparently think otherwise and I recognize that many who think that Church teaching on marriage can and should change, do so in good faith. But they are still wrong and their error leads them, among other things, to underestimate how non-negotiable is the Church’s opposition to the recognition of same-sex unions as marriage.”

And from the United States Catholic Bishops:

“Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.”

It doesn’t matter how popular same-sex “marriage” becomes. It changes nothing, because the truth of the human person and marriage will never change. Catholics need to understand that marriage has an ontology that cannot be changed. There are no such things as round triangles; or green made from two similar shades of yellow; and there is simply no such thing as marriage between two men or two women. It is an impossibility.

In the beginning God created them male and female… Do we now think that God made a mistake? Are we really so arrogant as to insist that what God designed and ordained can be altered because the present age demands it?

On the one hand, I believe there are those, as Ed Peters said, of good will who think Church teaching should change. They are wrong, but I don’t doubt their good will.

I think there’s something else at play here as well though, and that’s self-image, fear, and personal cost. We want to be nice. No one wants to be called hateful. No one wants to be branded a bigot. Nobody wants to lose friends or family over the “issue” of marriage. No one wants to risk being publicly ridiculed and persecuted for not riding the rainbow parade float.

It’s hard to stand against the crowd. When the crowd looks like they want blood, nobody wants to offer theirs.

It’s very hard to withstand the accusations of being narrow-minded, discriminatory, homophobic, backwards, bigoted, and hateful. It means being very unpopular in a world that prizes popularity.

Christians who’ve not suffered for their faith often romanticize persecution. They imagine themselves willing to lose their jobs, their liberty, or even their lives for standing up for the Gospel. Yet when the moment comes, at least here in the United States, they often find that they simply can’t abide being called “hateful.” It creates a desperate, panicked response. “No, you don’t understand. I’m not like those people — the religious right.” Thus, at the end of the day, a church that descends from apostles who withstood beatings finds itself unable to withstand tweetings. Social scorn is worse than the lash.”

Indeed. It’s terrifying to risk great personal sacrifice; even real persecution in the loss of a business or job or position; or agonizing grief at losing a loved one or a friend. It takes some real inner steel, some unshakable conviction to stand firm in the face of all that.

But there is no compromise. If we choose to obey the world’s mandates, we will forsake the God we claim to love and forfeit our eternal inheritance.

Some will read those remarks and recoil, saying how can a God of love condemn me for supporting “equal rights” for all people?

Catholics need to understand there is no “right” for two men or two women to marry, just as there is no “right” to kill the unborn child in abortion. Just because people may want to do something doesn’t mean they have the right to do it.

Feelings are not the barometer of moral rightness. Love is not a feeling!

Is all this hatred toward homosexual persons? No, it is not! At least not what is being called hatred. If by hatred, you mean saying that homosexual sex is not licit and morally right, then there’s the problem. If by hatred, you mean saying that marriage only exists between a man and a woman, then there’s the second problem. If by hatred, you mean upholding the Natural law and the truth of the human person created male and female, then that’s the trouble.

It isn’t hatred to say what is true. It isn’t hatred to obey the sovereignty of God’s law, and to recognize the Natural law. (For the record, it’s also true that adultery, fornication, and pornography are also immoral, illicit, unacceptable. It isn’t hatred to say so.)

Frankly, Catholics have got to stop being so emotional about all this. We’ve got to stop worshiping everyone’s feelings, including our own.

Don’t be deluded into thinking it ends with marriage. Oh, no. Far from it.

The end goal is the family. The militant activists in this movement to normalize homosexual sex will not stop until they have decimated the family unit of father, mother, and children. They call it “heteronormative” as though being male and female is by its very nature discriminatory against homosexuals.

The movement to wipe out gender entirely is well underway and gaining tremendous steam. A man can chemically castrate himself, get breast implants, hair extensions, wear a push-up bra and make-up and voila! He’s a woman, because “gender is a social construct” that must now be rendered meaningless.

“Sex Ed” beginning in Kindergarten now will indoctrinate children into this kind of thinking, and cause healthy, normal, impressionable young kids to question their own sexuality, their own gender, and reject the natural differences between boys and girls in favor of “gender fluidity”. They will be taught to see their God-given bodies as separate and even opposed to how they feel, then told all that matters is how they feel.

We’re on a luge going at breakneck speed toward this depraved societal revolution. Catholics who are celebrating this as a “victory” for equal rights are as sorely deceived as the rest of the crowd, but far more accountable because they are obligated to know better.

Now that marriage means anything (and thus, nothing), now that being male or female either means nothing or whatever we want it to mean, the assault on the family by the enemy of our souls will gain a power and intensity most of us are not prepared for.

We have to stop being afraid of hurting someone’s feelings and start focusing on eternal truths.

The goal isn’t to discriminate against anyone or deny anyone their human rights. The goal is to not be deceived into believing that sin is no longer sin just because that sin has become wildly popular and celebrated by the whole world.

“And if you be unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

It’s decision time for every Catholic in America: the false gods of our culture, or the Lord. There’s no fence to straddle. It’s time for courage and fidelity.

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9 responses to “Whom Will You Serve?

  1. Richard

    July 1, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    I’m saddened that that my church that I have been part of for 60 years would promote hatred amongst brethren. The U.S. constitution stands as a document that separates the Church and State. Our constitution guarantees rights and freedoms to all Americans, I’m tired of getting hatred emails – lets spend time spreading the love of Christ vs. dogma created by men who live in a walled city and don’t even know what sexuality is.

     
    • catholicmoxie

      July 1, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      Richard, are you familiar with Church teaching on the subjects of sexuality, marriage, the conjugal union, family, and the human person? Have you read the content of these teaching in the Catechism?
      The U.S. Constitution grants no right to redefine marriage. The Supreme Court has imposed its own opinions about marriage on the entire nation. They have invented a “right” out of nowhere and nothing, just as they did in Roe in 1973.
      I would encourage you strongly to learn what the Catholic Church actually teaches and WHY. This isn’t about hatred amongst brethren. It is about the ontology of marriage, and the necessity of marriage as the foundation of the family and all of society. It is also very much about the rights of children.
      The doctrine of the Church is not invented by men living in a walled city who don’t know what sexuality is. That is quite a slam against the Church you claim as your own. Is it not Christ’s Church, against which the gates of hell will never prevail? He has promised to guide His Church, and He has and is. This distortion of sexuality and the normalization of homosexual acts is the work of the enemy of our souls. Sin is serious business, and God defines sin, not us. Any sex acts outside the marriage bed of husband and wife are sinful. It has always been thus. It will always be thus. That’s not hatred.

       
  2. Ched Salasek

    June 30, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    What a great read with the thunder rolling in the background!

     
  3. Sharon

    June 29, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Excellent article. We, as Catholics, are becoming to complacent with our religion. Are we on its way to becoming a boiled frog? I’m referring, of course to the proverbial frog that, placed in a pot of cold water that is gradually heated, never realizes the danger it’s in and is boiled alive.
    We as Catholic have a job to do and that is stand up for our religion before it is to late.

     
  4. Bill Sr.

    June 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Let’s stop kidding ourselves and drop the veil of self righteousness here folks.

    How naive it is that some are unwilling to recognize and admit that the world we live in is filled with and subject to demonic Evil “spirits”. Every generation of people since the garden has been infected with them. It is only by the grace of God and his love for humanity that they are held at bay and, through our choices or actions against such forces, that we have been given an opportunity to be free of them in eternity. Likewise, every generation in history must at some point face their own tests and trials. The fact that humanity has survived to the present is a definitive testament that when given these choices and the chance to act in faithfulness to the one true God and creator we can be retained within his grace and love. No nation or people before us or to come can claim immunity from the disease of death which these Evil spirits, taking residence in the hearts sinful men in every corner of the earth, desires to will upon humanity.

     
  5. mbrandon8026

    June 27, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    You have articulated very well the dilemma that all must face. Whom will you serve? Our God is a jealous God, not as we might understand it, but He will suffer no gods before Him.

    The time has arrived as the slope has gotten slipperier and mankind has lost its way. The false gods of our depraved sexuality, our financial selfishness, our sloth, our pride and arrogance must be turned from, and our hearts must turn to the One True God.

    If we will turn away from all this evil we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free.

    God Bless you. You are a voice in the wilderness.

    Michael Brandon

     
    • catholicmoxie

      June 27, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      Michael, my long lost friend? 🙂 God bless you!

       
  6. Maggie

    June 27, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    They are forgetting that Jesus has already won.

     
  7. Sherri

    June 27, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Excellent article!!! Thank you… My husband has been counseling those who want help for over 35 years…. It is a very disheartening time but, we place our hope in God and HIS truth will prevail!!

     

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