24 June 2011

Equality does not mean that morality is relative


In a recent address to a homosexual political fundraiser, Obama indicated that the fight for "gay rights" was really about the American principle of equality. Unfortunately he does not seem to grasp that the equality of humans before God and the universal right to human dignity does not mean that all acts and choices are equal. Equality of all humans does not imply moral relativism. Homosexuality remains a sin, and so-called gay marriage or civil unions make a mockery of the sanctity of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and family values. While homosexuals do indeed deserve the same human dignity to which we are all entitled, good Christians cannot condone the behavior of homosexuality and still call themselves Christians. Tolerance does not mean abrogating one's responsibilities to God, and it does not mean the elimination or redefinition of the moral code to suit the ever-changing whims of society. We are called to love the sinner, but hate the sin. Yet, today far too many people allow a desire to be "nice" to outweigh their duty to choose and to stand up for what is right.

A recent statistic I saw suggested that only about 4% of adults in the United States maintain a Biblical view of the world. Apparently only about half of the population can name all of the Gospels, and around 10% thinks that Noah's wife was Joan of Arc. It is no wonder that people are failing morally on such a grand scale and choosing the path set by the world rather than the path set by God. John Paul II said that freedom is not doing whatever you want to do, but rather being able to do what you ought to do. Unfortunately without the strong hand of the Holy Church, people lack a true compass and the go down whatever path they are led.

It is time for a new evangelization. It is time for a renewal of our Faith. It is time for people not just to call themselves Christian, but to truly live as Christians in full knowledge of what their faith means. Relativism, modernism, and liberalism must be expelled from the Church. The moral compass must be restored to the nation.