Referendum on culture
October 30, 2012
The November election is nearly upon us and it is exceptional. It has been said by one commentator that this election will be a referendum on American culture and tradition. It will even more add to a national conclusion about God … is the wording on our coins and currency, “In God We Trust,” a uniquely American vision statement or is it a national advertising slogan that might be up for revising soon? The outcome of this election will reflect what ‘we the people’ have collectively decided about America’s real place and purpose in the assembly of nations. Perhaps now more than ever is the time for each of us to give voice to those issues about which we feel strongest.
Life. Abortion has been a bitter focal point in this nation for 40 years, since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade. In 40 years the passions have not subsided – but grown more urgent. The hinge-point of the decision 40 years ago was the beginning of life, when does that take place? If life begins at conception then the Constitutional protection of life begins then. It needs to be said that this is not a question that puzzles God – it is only men that can’t decide what two human reproductive cells, one male and one female, will turn into when combined. The present administration is not the author of these arguments, but it has made no attempt to argue for life – instead it has argued for choice over life in every instance the issue has arisen.
Marriage. What was not even on the table 30 years ago – that the natural marriage relationship is between a man and a woman – has become a flash-point for hate-speech. To hold that men and women are designed by nature and temperament to marry and bring forth a biological family together is now heralded as being narrow-minded and divisive. The present administration is not only in agreement, but it has championed the assault against this physically obvious and divinely prescribed union by refusing to uphold a legitimate American law defending it.
God. Perhaps more than anything else, Christian faith is at the center of the rage that divides our nation. The Obama administration is no more at fault than preceding administrations when it comes to minimizing God as central to America’s miraculous founding, and as indispensable to her continued success. Yet we find a growing legal language that suggests Christianity’s presence in America represents some form of public health hazard. Though he cannot be faulted for precipitating the decline of America’s recognition as a nation founded on Christian principles, this president is the first American head of state that openly dismissed the Christian heritage and tradition of America with the statement “No matter what we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation.”
How this election turns out will give us once again a picture of what this nation truly exalts, and of what it is truly ashamed.