Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

by Rod Dreher | TIME  |  published on June 29, 2015

The American flag flies in the wind in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. Several key opinions are still to be released at the court nears the end of its term at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The American flag flies in the wind in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. Several key opinions are still to be released at the court nears the end of its term at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.

It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.

Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America.

  • JohntheCelt

    Homosexuals are worthless persons who engage in lewd and disgraceful behavior. God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. The risen Jesus saves only those who call upon His name. They can be known by their fruit. The clock is ticking.

  • jdbixii

    Sin is not all that radical. That anyone would do anything about it with a perceptible consistency that would effect the security of the world through understanding that the problem is and always has been one of choice, was radical. Without the aid of the law, informing us what is acceptable behavior and what is not, we are prone to express our human needs in ways which may not always be proper or good. Perhaps, it is true that only God knows why some action is good or bad, or what the long-term effect of certain behaviors is.
    The purpose of behaviors which induce altered mindsets, from a human perspective, is pleasure. These may cause risks and abuse to other people.
    They may induce psychological conditions which are some variation of, or at variance with “normalcy.” Psychologists would be hard pressed to define normalcy with respect to behavior without first defining what moral and ethical behavioral standards are. People want justice, and that can not merely be what simply is, conditionally.
    What Christians should already know, experientially, and must realize, contemporarily, is that only God can change the desires of the human heart. Some would say that the desires of the human heart are “god.”
    Attempting to protect “Marriage” as an institution, from perversions of it, whether adultery or homosexuality or divorce, by passing laws is, provably, ineffective. Obedience to any law is a matter of personal choice, regardless of the punitive consequences of disregard or disobedience to that law. The divorce rate among heterosexual marriages is more than 50% which merely proves that participants to the institution are not concerned about the reputation of the institution, they are concerned about their own personal happiness. God knows this, and it is a choice, not without controversy because, “by the law is the knowledge of sin,” (Romans 3:20b). The real question in all of this is. What did the death of Christ on the cross 2,000 years ago really do for humanity as a whole, if
    change is still a dependency of choice or right choices? Since the Garden of Eden and the choice of Eve, we have been plagued with the problem of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Still, today, we can not definitively say what is unqualifiedly good and what is unqualifiedly evil because there is no consensus of majority opinions to inform our consciences concerning these two things which are, to human understanding, opposites. We can not formulate reward and punishment or “establish justice” because justice is a relative thing for each individual.
    American diversity no longer accepts the criteria which formed the basis of the commonly-accepted, Judeo-Christian sources, fixing in law the definitions of crimes and punishments for them. We are confused as a nation, and the media promulgate and represent that confusion and politicians take advantage from it.
    Having a perspective on the purpose of life and the purposes of behaviors
    is not something which we can derive solely from ourselves. But how we educate children, purposefully, to become all that they can hope to be is not a privilege without discrimination. Considering purpose with respect to behavior, one must discriminate between right and wrong. Those are learned, they are not intuited or pulled from thin air.

  • reagangs

    The problem with plate tectonics, every now and then a magma flow (~2,000*F) or an actual volcano forms at the boundary. Talk about disasters!!! i.e. …. the scotus is messing with mother nature.

  • MeForever

    Rod Dreher, below is another post from me, in comment to your article.

  • MeForever

    Yes, discerning the meaning of the present moment does require sobriety and realizing what this is really all about. Christians have been slapped in the face, mooned and actually have been put in the Arena with the hungry lions. Been there done that and will happily do it again. No prob, we know the routine well.
    Here’s a previous comment in another “publication” that is a view of the attack on Christians that is worldwide.

    Satan told Eve she could be equal to God and to man (only one man, but she was jealous and wanted his job). Eve was the first Feminist. Satan told her that she could attain that status by eating the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told her she would not die if she ate that forbidden fruit although God had told her and Adam they would die. He wanted her to call God a liar by her action. She bit. Satan dinged all of her eggs with the stain of rejection of God, disobedience and sin, except for one egg which God protected from the stain in the event Satan was successful in his deceitful offer to Eve. Those eggs carried all of future humanity. Eve then told Adam to share the fruit from the forbidden tree, and he believed Eve’s lie and disobeyed God.

    Eve’s disobedience and rejection of God brought us pain and Death. Adam’s disobedience and rejection of God brought us toil and work to obtain sustenance which had been given freely without toil in the Garden.

    Satan continues to pull humans away from God and into his possession. Satan cannot reproduce and hates that humans can. He confuses and tricks humans into misusing their bodies in ways that will prevent humans from “multiplying” and increasing God’s human family.

    Satan is the designer of Sodomy, the first Birth Control. God continuously warns us against that act. Those who disobey are like Eve and like Adam in believing Satan and disbelieving God. Their eternity, unless they repent and kick Satan out and reach for their Creator, will belong to and be with Satan in their eternity.

    Eve’s egg that God protected/reserved/saved from Satan’s dinging many years later was born as Mary, the Second Eve, who gave us life and salvation through her son, the Second Adam, Jesus.

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