There are lot of words that I could use to describe this election cycle thus far. Adjectives like “ridiculous” and “insane” and “depressing” and “nauseating” all come to mind. In fact, I’m literally on the verge of vomiting as I type this. Seriously, it’s that bad, folks. I dread the day that I have to tell my children and grandchildren about that one time America nominated a lying, egomaniacal reality-TV star billionaire and a dishonest, power-hungry criminal to run against each other for president of the United States. Hopefully they’ll just learn about it in history class and I won’t even have to bring up the subject at all. Let’s face it: both parties have failed miserably here. Republicans have abandoned their conservative principles to elect Trump and Democrats have placed the entire nation in jeopardy by even opting for the mere possibility of a Hillary presidency. The whole thing just makes me want to crawl into an underground bunker and pray for Armageddon.
Anyway, there’s another word I would choose to throw into the mix here, one that is particularly relevant to both candidates, their ideologies and, really, the reflection of our culture as a whole: “godless.” Only in a predominately godless society could the two most corrupt, depraved, immoral, unethical and nefarious candidates from both parties be hoisted onto national platforms and celebrated as deities among their respective followers. Of course, this is always the most obvious and commonplace over on the liberal side, where just a few days ago, Hillary’s vice presidential pick Tim Kaine decided to butcher the Bible in an attempt to make one of the most distorted and nonsensical arguments for gay marriage that I’ve ever heard. (Something liberals seem to be rather fond of doing in general.) Speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner in Washington D.C., Kaine — who claims to be “devout” Roman Catholic, by the way — said he thinks that the Catholic Church will eventually change its stance on gay marriage, just as he has:
I think it’s going to change because my church [the Catholic Church] also teaches me about a creator who, in the first chapter of Genesis, surveyed the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good.’”
Kaine also made a reference to Pope Francis’ “who am I to judge?” remark:
I want to add: Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we’re supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.”
I could spend the next three days talking about everything wrong with these statements, but for the sake of your time and my sanity, I’d like to deal with the most obvious and fundamental because I think it represents a recent distributing trend among many so-called “Christians” in our culture. This notion that you can somehow reconcile Christianity and the Bible with gay marriage isn’t just absurd, it’s downright heretical. It’s also worth mentioning here that Kaine has chosen to run on the same ticket with one of the most radically pro-abortion candidates ever to seek the presidency and has has himself been challenged for saying he’s both Catholic and a “strong supporter” of abortion. How is this even possible, you ask? Well, that’s the whole point. It’s not.
First, as far as gay marriage is concerned, there’s not even a single sentence in all of the Bible that could even remotely be used or interpreted as pro-homosexuality. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. The Book of Genesis — which Kaine foolishly attempts to use as proof of his point — actually emphasizes the importance of male and female gender distinction. God created Adam (male) and Eve (female) and blessed them with the unique ability as a heterosexual couple to “be fruitful and multiply.” Sexual intercourse and the resulting process of biological procreation are exclusive by design to the male/female relationship. No homosexual couple in history has ever been blessed by God with the ability to reproduce. Why? It wasn’t part of His design. (See Romans 1 where Paul explains that homosexuality exists contrary to nature — contrary to God’s original design for humanity.)
Moreover, when Genesis 1 records that “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” there were only two human beings on the planet and they were a heterosexual couple. There was no homosexuality present anywhere in creation at that time. So, not only has Kaine taken Scripture completely out of context here, but he’s chronologically off as well. Sin — including homosexuality albeit subsequently — entered the world in when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in Genesis 3. From that point to right now, things have not been “very good.” Sin destroyed a perfect world and forever scarred mankind’s relationship with God.
Secondly, there’s no such thing as a pro-abortion Christian. You cannot adhere to and believe in the tenets of the Bible and Christianity and simultaneously endorse and support the mass infanticide of thousands of innocent human babies every year. You have to give up one or the other. These two belief systems simply cannot coexist. Liberals like Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine can refer to unborn children as embryos, fetuses, blobs, alpacas or whatever else they want to, but the fact remains that it’s still a human being. The Bible repeatedly condemns the taking of innocent life, the most apparent and indisputable, of course, being: “Thou shalt not kill.” Obviously this is different in other contexts like self-defense or war, but it’s clear from this passage alone that God rejects the senseless murdering of innocents.
Jesus Himself came to Earth in the form of a human being and was conceived miraculously in the womb of a virgin woman. So, yes, at one point even Jesus was a “fetus.” If the God of the universe took such a form, how can we as Christians say that an unborn child is merely a clump of lifeless cells? How can we say that an unborn child doesn’t matter and that it has no worth or value as a human being with an eternal soul? During his days on Earth, Jesus displayed great love and affection for children and even said that the Kingdom of Heaven belonged to “such as these.”
Gay marriage and abortion — two of the most controversial cultural issues in modern society — stand completely opposed to Christianity and, more importantly, to God Himself. This doesn’t mean that someone entrenched in the homosexual lifestyle can’t become a Christian. It doesn’t mean that a young woman who aborted her child can’t find Jesus and come to salvation. In fact, that’s the beautiful thing about Christianity. It isn’t just a religion of standards and truths, it’s also a religion of grace, forgiveness, redemption and hope. All are welcome at the foot of the cross. But, in becoming Christ-followers, we are called to leave our old selves behind, put on new selves and pursue righteousness.
That’s why Tim Kaine cannot profess to be both a Christian and, simultaneously, a supporter of abortion and the LGBT agenda. His faith and his liberal ideologies are diametrically opposed in every way.
Eventually, he’ll have to choose. And I pray he chooses wisely.
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