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Having four children 10 and under offers plenty of intimate, hands-on lessons on human nature. For example, sometimes, in spite of Michelle’s and my best efforts, good parental instruction is ignored and hard lessons have to be learned. I’m not talking about situations that lead to enforced discipline, but those that result in sad and tough natural consequences.
A good recent example for us is one that many families have experienced: the misplaced bike. What happens in this case is that the child not only fails to properly put away his bike, but he leaves it in such a place that it gets run over by the family car. Of course, much sadness and sorrow ensue, but this is also a great opportunity for learning.
A great biblical example of learning things the hard way is the parable of the lost son. In this story, Jesus described a father with two sons. The younger son approached his father and demanded his share of the estate.
Shorty after this, the younger son took all he had and left for a distant land. There he “squandered his wealth in wild living.” After losing all he had and staring at starvation and poverty, the son “came to his senses,” repented of his sins, and humbly returned to his father.
I’m afraid that similar such hard lessons loom for this nation.
After winning Nov. 6, gloating liberals boldly declared “The right has lost the culture war.” Who could blame them for such a conclusion? In spite of a weak economy, President Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history, and the only sitting U.S. president ever to declare support for same-sex marriage, easily won re-election.
In addition to Obama’s re-election, the results that form such thinking are as follows: For the first time ever, voters in U.S. states (Maine, Maryland, and Washington) approved same-sex marriage. Voters in two states (Colorado and Washington) passed ballot measures that allow for the recreational use of marijuana. Also, Wisconsin elected America’s first openly gay U.S. senator.
Liberals have also declared themselves the winners in the “class war.” Writing for New York magazine, Jonathan Chait noted that, “Like every president, Obama won for myriad reasons, important and petty.
But his re-election was hardly small and hardly devoid of ideas. Indeed, it was entirely about a single idea. The campaign, from beginning to end, was an extended argument about economic class.”
In spite of the class warfare, I’m convinced that millions of Americans voted for Obama, et al, for no other reason than for their support of legalized killing of children in the womb and for their support of perverted (same-sex) marriage. Too many Americans want the social and legal approval of sex without consequences.
What liberals forget, or choose to ignore, is that even if such social and legal protections are achieved, this does not remove the tough natural consequences of immoral behavior.
Along with the loss of a life, the sad consequences of an abortion are myriad. According to National Right to Life, women having an abortion face more than a doubled risk of future sterility along with an increased risk of future miscarriages. Abortion has also been associated with breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers.
Just as one can’t violently end a pregnancy without suffering some consequence, a culture can’t redefine the foundational institution of human society without suffering for it. (And remember, libs, ANY definition of marriage is discriminatory.) Even without same-sex marriage, the destruction of the traditional (biblical) family unit is already well under way.
Of course, as I have noted before, the push for same-sex marriage has little to do with marriage. Marriage is just the means to a more sinister end for the homosexual movement. This is about sex and about legitimizing, through the American judicial system, a sexual lifestyle many Americans find immoral (and, as I have noted, dangerous).
Then there is the inevitable consequence of a nation living well beyond its means. For far too many Americans, the primary function of the U.S. government is to provide income, food, housing, and health care. As Robert Samuelson recently reported, “In 2011, ‘payments for individuals’ including health care, constituted 65 percent of federal spending, up from 21 percent in 1955. That’s the welfare state.”
Whoever wins elections does nothing to change the natural consequences of disobeying what is often referred to as Natural Law. There is no getting around it; human beings were meant to behave themselves in a certain way. When we violate the standards set by natural law, or when our own laws are in conflict with it, hard consequences await.
The important thing, as the parable of the lost son teaches us, is to learn from our mistakes and to return to what is right.
Trevor Thomas is a Hall County resident and frequent columnist.