The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 31, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, August 31, 2013

Churches accepting moral relativism

I saw a sign that said “Do Not Be So Open Minded That Your Brain Falls Out.” What wise advice! Sadly, some folks have forgotten how to think and reason. Instead of using logic, they rely only on their feelings. It is a shame that so many people abandon truth and common sense for moral relativism and political correctness.

Tragically, even several mainline Protestant denominations have embraced the gospel of secular humanism. They have chosen to disregard biblical truths.

It is a sad state of affairs when churches no longer support, or defend, traditional marriage and family. Certain liberal denominations now affirm and celebrate the LGBT lifestyle — all in the name of “so-called” tolerance, diversity and social justice. While it is important to respect the dignity of all human beings, it is dangerous to endorse sexual behavior which is clearly contrary to the laws of nature and the Divine Creator.

A same-gender union can’t be recognized as a true marriage. Sharing the same last name, address and bank account does not constitute a real marriage. A “same-sex” couple cannot become “one flesh” or reproduce. After all, the main purpose of marriage is to have and raise children, not to receive health insurance benefits or social acceptance for your preferred lifestyle.

Our society seems to have forgotten that all youngsters need a mother and a father to love and nurture them. A same-sex couple’s child is destined to be either motherless or fatherless. It is unfair to deprive kids the opportunity to live with both biological parents. Licensed marriage and family therapist Dr. Laura Schlessinger asks, “Do we allow the personal desires of any one activist group to deny the inherent significance and importance of heterosexual reproductivity and parenting?” It is an excellent question.

We would all do well to remember that society’s changing values do not change God’s moral law, which is valid for every culture regardless of its beliefs.

It is time for West Virginians to stand up and defend the traditional institution of marriage and family in our state. Once “same-sex” marriage gets legalized in the Mountain State, there will be no turning back. Edmund Burke wisely said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” We can no longer remain silent on the controversial issue of same-gender marriage.

JoAnn L. Fuir