A repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which will force open homosexuality onto the military, easily passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Two-hundred fifty members voted to repeal the longstanding policy, including fifteen Republicans. Unsurprisingly, most of those typically support liberal causes, but many social conservatives may not realize that Ron Paul was among those Republicans voting to repeal DADT.
Don’t be surprised. Ron Paul, a darling of the Libertarian and Tea Party movements, has long separated his personal beliefs from his politics. Sadly, many elements within both movements are supportive of liberal social policies while claiming to have conservative personal convictions on the issues. It’s why some in the Libertarian and Tea Party movements would support homosexual marriage in some states while claiming they personally believe homosexuality is intrinsically wrong. It’s why they would support abortion-on-demand in some states while claiming they personally believe life is precious from the moment of conception. Yet they refuse to apply their “personal” beliefs to politics. Jesus Christ warned that a house divided against itself will not stand (Mark 3:25).
These contradictory positions are the result of a “live and let live” philosophy that refuses to hold civil government to its fundamental Romans 13 responsibility: to restrict evil and promote goodness. The “live and let live” philosophy is built on the concept of “freedom” or “liberty” for all individuals. But these concepts do not exist without God — they were created by Him! Freedom cannot be rightly exercised outside of the boundaries He has placed upon it. In other words, freedom is no longer something good to be pursued if it is to be used for purposes other than those God intended. It is evil to invoke “freedom” in an effort to force homosexual “marriage” into law. Likewise, it is evil to invoke “freedom” in an effort to perpetuate the murder of countless innocent unborn children.
The word “freedom” has been batted about during the current debate over a repeal of DADT. Many proponents of the repeal speak of the freedom to “be oneself” in the military without fear of retribution. Sadly, polls show most Americans (including some conservatives) have bought into this idea. But absent from much of the current debate is the historic Christian perspective that homosexuality is inherently sinful and should not be encouraged by God’s civil magistrates. That won’t change, no matter how many times “freedom” is invoked on the floor of the House of Representatives.
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House Vote 638 – H.R.2965: On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment
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2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.