Few were surprised when a panel of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision striking down Virginia’s voter-approved prohibition against same-sex marriage. After all, the court’s decision continues a trend courts across American have been following: overturning voter-backed legislation upholding natural law in favor of recognizing the “right” of gay couples to marry.
Alex McFarland points out that our nation’s Constitution is based on a recognition of natural law, and the rejection of that law will inevitably lead to the loss of our Constitution.
Author of 16 books, McFarland is the director for Christian worldview and apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C.
“What’s particularly worrisome about the pathway to the legalization of same-sex marriage is that the only way to travel down this path is to abolish the belief in natural law,” McFarland said.
“As any student of our nation’s history understands, our entire system of government is based on the understanding that natural law exists and that it governs our liberties.
“Our own Declaration of Independence directly cites natural law as the basis for declaring independence from Great Britain – ‘When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them….’ The rejection of natural law leads neither to liberty nor to equality, but rather to anarchy. And this will lead to the end of the U.S. Constitution and the end of our democratic republic.”
McFarland further said that only within the framework of a Judeo-Christian culture that recognizes natural law do individuals have the freedom to be gay.
“A society that recognizes natural law, as our Judeo-Christian society has long done, is a society that also maximizes liberty for individuals,” he continued. “Within this framework, if someone wishes to practice homosexuality, go ahead. But don’t tear down the framework that gives you the freedom to be gay. Those who embrace homosexuality should be actively advocating for a Judeo-Christian culture that recognizes natural law. Because the two options if they don’t are the iron fist of Statism or the iron fist of Sharia. And both of these options mean not only the death of freedom but, literally, the death of any individuals who disagree with the state.”
Virginia’s attorney general Mark Herring made it clear early on that he would not defend the state’s law supporting natural marriage.
Attorney General Roy Cooper of North Carolina, which also falls under the jurisdiction of the 4th Circuit Court, also said that he would not defend his state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying, “It is time to stop making arguments we will lose.”
Earlier this year, U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, advised state attorneys general that they are not required to defend any state prohibitions against same-sex marriage, despite the fact that attorneys general are, by definition, the primary law-enforcement officers of their respective governments.
McFarland said, “This is what’s so frightening about the events now unfolding: elected officials are essentially changing the laws of their states that have been legitimately passed through due process. … And while homosexual individuals are now rejoicing because the fiats are in their favor, if we as a nation continue to reject the rule of law, natural law and our Constitution, then there will come a day when the fiats will be in no one’s favor. Unfortunately when that day comes, we’ll have no Constitution to stand on to defend our liberties as we’ve allowed it to be trampled beyond the point of recovery.”
McFarland is also organizer of the annual Truth for a New Generation apologetics conference. “Life and Liberty: Given by God” will be the theme of this year’s conference, which will be held Sept. 5-6 at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.
The conference will teach that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and will also help equip attendees with the facts they need to fight for our liberties, along with the understanding that the Source of our life and freedoms is God and nothing else.
Confirmed speakers include radio host and Fox News contributor Todd Starnes, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and nationally known speaker Dr. Ben Carson, and Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Time Bestseller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Also headlining the conference will be Joni Eareckson Tada, Tim Wildmon, Josh McDowell, David Barton and more.
Tickets to the conference are available for $69.95. Attendees can also register for a special “Evening with Ben Carson,” for $50, a “VIP Lunch with Todd Starnes” for $50, or both for just $80.
For more information or to register for the event, visit TruthforaNewGeneration.com.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Alex McFarland is a speaker, writer and advocate for Christian apologetics who lives in North Carolina.)