Politics and Sex
The world has been experiencing an economic crisis the last four years and the U.S. national debt is spiraling out of control. Middle East and African countries are struggling with revolutions and political chaos that threaten global peace. The Executive branch of government in the U.S. is mired down in security leaks and scandals. We are told it is being investigated, so they have no comment. Obama Care, the President’s signature legislation, is so flawed it cannot be implemented on time and the Labor Unions are calling for it to be overturned, and the unions are the president’s primary allies. So what is on our beleaguered President’s mind?
“For the first time in U.S. history, an inaugural address mentioned gay rights and endorsed same-sex marriage. Obama said, ‘Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law’” (January 22, 2013 edition of The Tennessean). In July, 2013, President Obama makes a trip to Africa. Newspapers reported that he tried to persuade some countries to promote gay rights. He was rebuffed publicly. Meanwhile the Kremlin announced that President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children information about homosexuality. Hefty fines can now be imposed on those who provide information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors or hold gay pride rallies.
While President Obama was in Africa the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was a bipartisan law signed by Democratic President Clinton. President Obama said publicly in Africa that it was a great day for America. Then President Putin signed a law that sharply limits the adoption of Russian children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage.
Which is worse, playing the fiddle while Rome burns, or playing politics with people who are struggling with their sexual orientation? How should a Christian respond to this, and what does the bible teach us about our sexuality?