When wrong becomes right

By Craig Mitchell
Dec 20, 2010

I was watching the news Sunday morning before I went to church and I heard that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell had been repealed and that president Obama will quickly sign the bill into law. The newscaster compared this event to the desegregation of the military. As a black man and a former United States Air Force line officer, I was annoyed to no end.

As a black man, I was annoyed by the implications of the newscaster’s statement. I was born black. I am happy that God made me as He did, but I did not have a choice in the matter. There is nothing immoral about being black, of course, but there is something immoral about practicing homosexuality because it is a matter of choice.

The desegregation of the military was necessary because it was the right thing to do. Racism is a denial that all men are made in the image of God. Segregation was and is sinful and an affront to a Holy God. Desegregation was good for our country because it allowed for all people to serve our country in equal ways and to advance themselves. My father and stepfather both retired from the Air Force after serving more than twenty years. I attained the rank of major and swore my brother in when he became a second lieutenant.

During my twelve years of active duty, I was aware of only one person who was homosexual. He was discreet, and since my superiors took no action against him, I didn’t either.

I did not approve of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but in retrospect I can see that it was a workable approach to the problem. It actually changed nothing. Those whose sexual orientation became known were subject to the penalties of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). In much the same way, adultery is a punishable offense under the UCMJ. One can be discharged from the military for a host of other reasons that indicate an immoral nature. Somehow, I do not believe that anyone is trying to repeal the policy on adultery or these other offenses. Does this mean that homosexuality is no longer immoral, while adultery still is?

This repeal of DADT is nothing less than an endorsement of homosexuality. Our politicians who voted for this repeal and the judges who endorse homosexual marriage are nothing less than morally challenged social engineers. Most of these have never served in our military. In all likelihood their children will not either. They receive the benefits from the sacrifices of those who wear the uniform.

They are what Angelo Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, calls “the ruling class.” They have more in common with each other than they do with rank-and-file Americans. In fact, they see themselves as the saviors of mankind, because they consider their vision of how things should be to be superior to everyone else’s. They might claim to believe in God, but they could not care less about how He wants us to live.

God calls homosexuality an abomination. It is just as sinful as segregation. God has designed all of us to know that stealing, lying and murder are wrong. These things like all sins are contrary to God’s nature and purpose. Sin in any form is always destructive to the individual and to society as a whole. The late Senator Patrick Moynihan said that when we accept what is immoral, we define deviancy down.

When we act in accordance with God’s nature, will and purpose, are happier. Consequently, when a society’s laws encourage virtue and discourage vice, that society is likely to be happier and more successful.

But when we live contrary to God’s nature, will and purpose, we experience shame, guilt and a number of other negative emotions. A society that endorses immorality is going to be an unhappy society; it eventually will fail.

Those ruling progressives who endorse homosexuality generally also endorse abortion as a means of contraception, euthanasia and a nanny state with the redistribution of wealth as its foundation. Perhaps they will come to endorse polygamy, sex with children and bestiality. A society with such moral confusion is hopeless and truly on the road to destruction.

You and I can see what they do not. We can see that only God can bring our country back from the brink. Brothers and sisters, it is time for us to get on our knees and pray.

Craig Vincent Mitchell is a professor of Christian ethics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a fellow of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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1 On Dec 22, 2010, at 12:33am, Jeanne Marie wrote:

God will and never run His children short of things to pray for. This is another sin that cries to
heaven for vengeance. The other two are irreverence toward the Holy Eurcharist and the slaughtering of the Innocents, abortion.

As a people we must cling to our sacraments (frequent Communion in the state of grace, and frequent Confession). Only God can give us the strength to endure this spiritual battle! Cling to Him and Holy Mother Church. Jesus left us with every possible tool we would need on this pilgramage to home. Turn the focus to ourselves and ask for grace to pray better and know Jesus better, and we together one person at a time will save souls for Our Lord and change the world!

Jeanne Marie

2 On Dec 23, 2010, at 8:19am, Glynelle wrote:

This article echoes my thoughts.  We have taken another big step downward as a nation to make this wrong into something accepted as being right.  But as this shows us, so many of our leaders do not accept the teachings of the Bible in regards to this sinful practice.  Only God can open their blinded eyes. 
We must continue to pray, vote and never give in to the wrong.

3 On Jan 4, 2011, at 5:28am, Debi wrote:

Ours is not to judge, just Love one another.  Vengeance is Mine says the LORD.  Those who live and believe in worldly beliefs, and lean on human knowledge instead of first seeking the Kingdom of God are the ones that make outrages laws.  My hope is that we will study the Word more and lean on the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us.

4 On Jan 5, 2011, at 9:26pm, Yun wrote:

A-men.  Totally agree with the article “When wrong becomes right”  I too served in the military for 23 years and I am very proud of it.  I have never thought it will happen.  Why? Why? I can only pray and try to find the answer thru my prayer.

5 On Feb 9, 2011, at 7:19pm, Hope wrote:

I appreciate this article and the man who felt impressed to share his thoughts on this matter. The scriptures say, “that the prayer of the righteous availeth much”. It is our responsibility as believers in Christ, who saved us from the very topic of this article(homosexuality) as well as from every sin, to pray and repent daily and lift up to the Lord our elected officials and for those around the world. It is only God who can turn this nation around. He hears our prayers and know our hearts. Let’s continue daily to pray for this nation and live our lives as believers as examples of all that Christ is. Let’s pray for God’s mercy on those who reject him and who are trying to destroy America. GOd’s judgement is coming whether they want to believe it or not.

6 On Feb 15, 2011, at 4:45pm, Samuel wrote:

What a terrible view point i am a christian who is fine with homosexuals and homesexuals i know say that it isnt a choice in the same way i do not beleive my heterosexuality is a choice. If someone wants to fight for their country you should accept their good intentions and not get so hung up on minor things like their sexual preference.

7 On Feb 17, 2011, at 8:46pm, kim wrote:

To Samuel: THis is a great article. It speaks the truth. The BIBLE is God’s word. Whose report do you believe—GOd or your homosexual friends who feel it is not a choice? Some institutions require certain things in order to work properly—open homosexuality in the military is not needed and would be counterproductive to the purpose of the military. May God uncloud your mind before you are completely lost.

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