Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

One of the issues with redefining our understandings and practices of marriage is that once you undo the fundamental, biological, historical, social, cultural, and theological underpinnings of marriage, you leave it fairly open to arbitrary redefinition.  While the homosexual community may be the ones arguing most publicly and vociferously for the redefinition of marriage according to terms more friendly to their goals, they aren’t the only ones making arguments and seeking to redefine it.

An interesting little note here about a lawsuit seeking to undo our prohibitions against polygamy.  It has nothing to do with homosexuality – in fact, it’s based in a vigorously heterosexual context.  But the result is the same.  Redefining marriage, so that in the end marriage becomes essentially meaningless.  The goal can be reached from myriad directions but the ultimate effect is the same.  In many ways, the arguments behind polygamy are a lot stronger, since as the author notes the practice of polygamy is legally valid in other parts of the world (whereas homosexual marriage, up until the last 20 years or so, has not).  
Hats off to Gene Veith’s blog for putting me on to this article.  I highly recommend his site for cultural and theological reflections from a Lutheran perspective.

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