June 27, 2013Culture can be defined as "the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious or social group; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes a society." Culture is an extremely challenging subject, especially in the times we live in because it seems to be more inconsistent, changing and volatile than ever before.
This week the Supreme Court, on a 5 to 4 vote, struck down a key portion of the "Defense of Marriage Act" that was signed into law in 1996 by large majority in the House and Senate, and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. The main point of DOMA was that marriage, and all its benefits, was acknowledged to be between a man and a woman as had been understood for most of human history and evident in the laws of nature.
In less than 20 years under the pressure of present day "culture," many of those who voted for DOMA now applaud the change in the view of marriage being between a man and woman, including Former President Bill Clinton who applauded the High Court’s decision that struck at the heart of the bill he himself signed into law.
We are in a dangerous place as a nation when, under the pressure of present day culture and for political expediency, long-held societal and scriptural views can be changed completely in less than 20 years.
When a society’s values are assaulted and changed on the strength and reason of CULTURE ALONE, we are on a slippery slope as a society.
Have no fear, God is not dead and He gets the last word - not culture.