Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

 

In case you  missed it (Don’t expect the mainstream media to think it’s newsworthy.), this week

the Vatican held a special conference concerning the family, sponsored in part by the Catholic

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Pope warned about the current marriage crisis

facing the West by decrying the breakup of the family and children who are being raised without a

father/mother family. The Pope called it the “culture of the temporary,” a moral climate where many

have given up on marriage altogether. Now comes a report of yet another assault on the family: the

acceptance of incest.

The German Ethics Council (There’s a misnomer.) has recommended accepting incestuous marriages.

The Council, comprised of doctors and scientists, argues that the genetic risks to a child are no longer

so scary to justify keeping people from the loves and relationships that they choose. At this point the Council’s

viewpoint is only a recommendation but it does carry weight. Said the Council, “The fundamental right of adult

siblings to sexual self-determination has more weight in such cases than the abstract protection of

the family.” Whoa. What twisted logic from the nation of the Reformation!

What stirred this controversy in part is the marriage of Patrick Stuebing and his wife, Susan, who also happens to be his sister.

Patrick married Susan when he was 23 and she was 16. In America we not only call that incest, but

statutory rape. Said Susan in an interview with Vocativ media, “We fell in love as adults and our

love is real. There is nothing we could do about it. We were both attracted to each other and then

nature took over from us. We followed our instincts and our hearts.”

Will Germany upset the taboo and moral code of thousands of years? What about the damaging effects of inbreeding?

Of the four children of Patrick and Susan, two are disabled and a third needs a heart transplant. Yes, in the

past, such unions were sometimes used, as in ancient Egypt, to perpetuate the royal lineage of

dynasties; but the word itself comes from Latin meaning “impure.” Even the old myth of “Oedipus”

warned of dire consequences. The Jewish Torah condemned it in the moral codes of Leviticus and

Deuteronomy. The offspring are considered illegitimate, “bastards.” Islam likewise abhors

incest.

In a sex-obsessed culture where traditional moral distinctions of fornication are widely disregarded where might we go next in

America? The way the Germans are seemingly headed? The western world sorely needs to rediscover the

Christian teaching of sex as a spiritual mystery that reflects marriage as a union mirroring Christ

and the Church (Ephesians 5:32). By no stretch of logic can Christian redemption typify incest.


An encouraging

word:  OBEY GOD’S DECREES

“Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying

your decrees.” So said the Psalmist (Psalm 119:5). The Living Bible speaks of wanting to follow

the laws of God “consistently” to avoid “being disgraced.” What has been lost on our world is the

steadfastness of fidelity to the ancient moral codes of Moses and the higher moral law of Jesus.

Humanism, relativism, Darwinism, behaviorism and other substitutes of God-inspired, revealed truth

have taken over where once religion gave direction. The result is a culture of shame and disgrace

that is without an ethical compass. Think of your own life. Do you with purpose and resolution do

all you can to walk in obedience to God’s Word? Beware the temper of the times and remember to

always obey the decrees of the Lord.

 


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