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 rather 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 put away his bike properly,
but leaves it in such a place that it is run over by the family car. Of course,
much sadness and sorrow ensue, but this is also a great opportunity for
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 on November
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 and terrible employment numbers, Barack
Obama, the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history and the only
president to declare support for same-sex marriage, easily won reelection.
of the UK Guardian concluded
that, “The 1990s culture wars
were fought over many social issues that many on the right thought were being
redefined from their traditional normals by
progressive activists and the liberal media for the next generation. Three of
the key points of contention were abortion, gay rights, and recreational drug
use. The results from last Tuesday's election indicates
that the right is losing the war on these three issues.”
In addition to Obama’s
reelection, the results that form such thinking are as follows: For the first
time ever, voters in U.S.
states (Maine, Maryland,
approved same-sex marriage. Voters in two states (Colorado
passed ballot measures that allow for the recreational use of marijuana. Wisconsin elected America’s
first openly gay U.S.
senator. What’s more, the GOP lost two very winnable senate races (Indiana and Missouri) partly due to
their candidates’ inability properly and intelligently to articulate the
pro-life position when it comes to abortion in the rare case of pregnancy due
Liberals have also
declared themselves the winners in the “class war.” Writing for New York magazine, Jonathan
“Like every president, Obama won for myriad reasons, important and petty. But
his reelection 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
I noted just after the election, 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.
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. In other words, winning elections isn’t going to bring
back a child killed in the womb or cure the many diseases that stem from
illicit sexual activity.
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. Thirteen
out of 17 studies in the U.S.
reported an increase in breast cancer among women choosing abortion. Abortion
has also been associated with cervical and ovarian cancer.
Besides the physical
trauma, many post-abortive women are doomed to a lifetime of guilt and pain, with
common experiences such as depression, anxiety, self-hatred, loneliness, and
1995 study revealed that women who have had an abortion are 89% more likely
to abuse their other children.
Just as one can’t
violently end a pregnancy without suffering some consequences, a culture can’t
redefine the foundational institution of human society without suffering for
remember, libs, ANY definition of marriage is
discriminatory.) Even without same-sex marriage, the destruction of the traditional
(biblical) family unit is already well underway.
The number of U.S.
households headed by unmarried adults now
outnumbers those led by married adults. Also, more than half of all
American children born to women under 30 are born out of wedlock. In addition
to this, 41% of all births in the U.S. are out of wedlock. This
includes 29% of white children born to unmarried mothers, along with 53% of
Hispanics and 73% of black children.
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 that many
Americans find immoral (and, as I have
Then there is the
inevitable consequence of a nation living well beyond its means. Make no
mistake about it, for far too many Americans, the
primary function of the U.S.
government is to provide income, food, housing, and health care. As Robert
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.”
Much in the media has been
made recently of the “fiscal cliff” facing the U.S. Almost certainly, Congress
and the President will come to some agreement and the media will report that we
have “stepped back from the brink.” However, it is very unlikely that much will
be done to deal with the trillions in debt that the “welfare state” has
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 Natural Law, hard
consequences await. The important thing is to learn
from our mistakes, and as in the parable of the lost son, to return to what is
Copyright 2012, Trevor
At the Intersection of
Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason