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Celebrating Whateverhood?

Celebrating Whateverhood?

Motherhood and apple pie have long represented the quintessential components of Americana that no one would dare diminish or disparage. That was yesterday. Today, we still love apple pie.

Tolerating Motherhood / Fatherhood

America is currently in the process of diminishing both motherhood and fatherhood and gradually replacing them with whateverhood. Advocating for same-sex marriage undermines the value we assign to motherhood and fatherhood as uniquely beneficial to children. Two or three men cannot compensate for one mom. Motherhood may still be tolerated by today’s whateverhood advocates, but as more liberal social policies take root, motherhood will be rendered less uniquely necessary in our minds.

Maryland’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly recently passed a bill that removes the words “man” and “woman” from Maryland state law defining marriage, preferring the phrase, “any two individuals.” Across the Atlantic, France is seeking to ban the words “mother” and “father” from all official documents. When we deny the unique value of either men or women, we also deny the value of fatherhood and motherhood.

The phrase, “any two individuals,” begs for the question; why stop at just “two”? Aren’t we being a bit bigoted toward romantic bisexuals, polygamists and polyamorists who are consenting adults? We are discriminating randomly over who and how we discriminate. It is time to stop letting mere politicians handle this.

Silent No Longer

Everything important about culture begins with children—how we raise them, teach them, train them, and love them. America’s culture is “progressing” in a destructive direction for children and families. Children vitally need a mother and a father (not just generic “parents”) in the home, together, married and modeling real love. The traditional model of family surpasses all other alternatives in recognizing that need as a priority. Can we still say this in public?

Many public schools expose our children to homosexual recruiting literature and indoctrination at taxpayer expense. Innocent children are being told that the traditional definition of marriage is “hateful.” Can we remain passive and silent any longer?

Diminishing Marriage

The definition of marriage is God-ordained (Matthew 19:4-6) and the well-being of children is realized more under God’s definition than any other alternative. Unavoidable tragedies can prevent children from having the ideal home (a mom and dad in the home), but that is no reason to intentionally redefine marriage so that even fewer and fewer children will have that blessing.

The sacred and specific gifts of motherhood and fatherhood are both devalued when “marriage” is redefined in a way that displaces either one. Whateverhood won’t cut it.

 

The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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