Jerry Brown, the attorney general in California, has asked the state supreme court to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Brown, who was once against same-sex marriage, now says the ban is unconstitutional.
You can read an article discussing the issue here:
The above article describes the state’s “constitutional crisis.” It states that every branch of government in California, including the courts, support gay marriage. However, the majority of the people (52%) are against it. Who decides?
In a secular society such as ours, the people decide what laws govern the land. We collectively decide through the democratic process what things are right or wrong, and what is acceptable or not. A secular society has at its foundation the assumption that there is no such thing as absolute truth. There is no such thing as absolute right and wrong. These things are all decided collectively by society.
If one was to argue that society were wrong, she would have to argue from a position of a higher authority than society. What could this authority possibly be? For the Christian, the source of authority is found in the Bible. We look to the written word of God as our guide in every area of life. Truth is based upon what God has said is right and wrong, not what we collectively decide. Other religions have their own ideas of absolute truth.
Even our nation’s Constitution is based on the idea that there is a higher authority than society. The Bill of Rights begins by stating that people have certain inalienable rights that were endowed upon them by their Creator (i.e. God). This means that regardless of what society or government may say, people have certain fundamental rights that cannot be taken away. It also means that the Creator is the source of the rights. If you eliminate the Creator, you eliminate the authority for rights and potentially the rights themselves (if society decides to take them away).
My questions at the end are these:
- If we live in a secular society, and we do, how do we have any basis for arguing that our basic, God-given rights have been violated? If we say there is no God, we cannot say we have God-given rights.
- If we acknowledge God, how can we attempt to overstep His authority? If He has stated that same-sex relationships are wrong, there is nothing else to be argued. His authority is absolute and final.
- If we have absolute authority (which is needed to have “inalienable rights”) without God, what is the source of this authority?