Our Center

ThinkerAs Memorial Day approaches, the pace in Washington to repeal the law that prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military is picking up. Yes that is the law often mislabeled as Bill Clinton’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy whose purpose was to circumvent the law by allowing homosexuals to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation.

Military service is not a right and repealing the law is not about service. Just as the percentage of Americans who serve and have served in our all volunteer force is miniscule there is also not a huge homosexual force out there just waiting for their opportunity to serve their country in the Armed Forces. Those who truly do want to serve, like everyone else, do so and keep their sex lives private. No, this is not about service just as homosexual marriage is not about marriage. It is about normalizing homosexual behavior. American society must decide if they will accept or reject the normalization of this behavior.

When the law is repealed and military service becomes a right, albeit man-given, and we have that great surge of homosexual patriots knocking down the doors to enlist into the Infantry, how then do we turn anyone away from military service? Will we need to accommodate the physically and mentally disabled? A right after all cannot be selectively distributed. Can it? If it is indeed a right?

The world’s greatest society made it legal to murder unborn children. Millions of the most innocent and defenseless among us have been killed by all of us. It is a holocaust greater in magnitude than any genocide known in recorded human history. In that respect, I suppose that accepting homosexuality as normal does not make us any less moral. It just removes another stone from our crumbling national foundation.

Maybe it is time for each of us to do some soul-searching. What is it that we accept and reject? What do we stand for? What is at our center? What is at America’s center?

I spent some years in Europe. I have pictures taken of gargantuan churches. Typically in the oldest cities the church was built first in the center and the town spread out around it. These huge structures are great architecture to view and photograph, but on Sunday they mostly sit empty. Once at their center, the churches are now mostly rejected.

For many years in America, there has been an all out assault on anything related to Christianity. Our Churches are closing faster than they are opening and the open ones are far from filled to capacity. You hear it all of the time from people who say they reject Christianity because they believe Christians are hypocrites. Everyone needs to be honest. Either you accept God or you reject God. At the root, it is not about any group of people or about any religious denomination. It is about you and your relationship with God, period. So what do you accept and what do you reject.

What do you stand for? What principles guide you? What is it that you feel strongly enough about to lay down your life to defend? Anything? What about the unalienable rights endowed to you by your creator as outlined in our Declaration of Independence? Are you willing to defend those with your life? Are you? A fitting question to ask yourself during the time we set aside to remember those who made that very sacrifice for you.

What is at your center? Is it man-given things that can be taken from you or lost in the blink of any eye? When those man-given things at your center are taken way, will you crumble into a heap?

What is at America’s center?

Romans 1:21-32 (New International Version)

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore 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 of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural 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 indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Presidential Proclamation Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

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One thought on “Our Center”

  1. I am an American, I am a proud veteran (Vietnam ’67-68) and also gay. I hope you don’t mind listening to the other side of this issue. I served my country well when I was in the 1st Calvary and saw many of my comrades die. When I finally came home after almost two years in hell I was not met with open arms but by clenched fists. This wasn’t because I was gay or because I disgraced my nation. It was because I was an American soldier who fought an unpopular war at the request of his nation. The fact that I was gay did not stop President Johnson from asking me to serve and it certainly didn’t change my 1A draft status. My sexual orientation was never an issue but then, back in that era we didn’t have women in the foxholes with us either. Why is it that you can accept women serving side by side with other soldiers in Iraq and other war zones but you feel threatened by a gay soldier doing his duty for our country? Could it be your own homophobia or is there really another reason here? It is a proven scientific fact that 10% or more of the world’s population is gay. We are not that way because we chose to be gay but because that is what we are. I don’t hate women, I am just not sexually attracted to them. Pardon the pun, but some of my best friends are women.

    From there you branch out to gay marriage and for that I have a much simpler solution. Get the government out of the marriage rites entirely. Civil unions should be the only thing the government sanctions. If two people want to get married in a church, they should find a church who has the same beliefs they do and get married. The government should only be concerned with the legality of the union and not the moral or religious beliefs of the participants.

    One last point, your assault on the handicapped. When a soldier is wounded in combat, is it your belief that he should be drummed out of the military because he can no longer serve on the front lines? If he is a committed serviceman, shouldn’t he be given the right to serve his country in any way possible? Why does the paymaster have to be an able bodied fighting machine? Couldn’t a crippled soldier fill that roll and release the clerk to serve in a combat roll?

    Believe me when I say that I am not attacking you. I just don’t feel that you are looking at things from any viewpoint but your own. If I had a choice, do you think that I would have chosen to be gay? No, not in a million years! But, and you may not like this or agree here either, God made me as I am. After years and years of hiding in the closet I am finally living my life the way God intended me to live it. My God is one of love, empathy and compassion. I trust you believe in that same God.

    Note: It isn’t important to me if you choose to post this or not, but I would certainly appreciate you opening your mind to the points I bring up. I deserve that as a veteran, as the holder of a Bronze Star, and as a fellow American. God Bless you, always.

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