Smith: RELIGIOUS RELATIVIST: Laws must be squared with moral truths

Smith: RELIGIOUS RELATIVIST: Laws must be squared with moral truths

April 8th, 2013 By Robin Smith in Opinion Columns

Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.

"A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law."

This statement wasn't made by a "right-winged whacko of the Republican Party", but it applies to the current practice of redefining behavior to reflect modern culture.

The argument of "equal protection under the law" by those choosing homosexuality in their relationships and seeking "gay marriage" is being utilized under the premise that the arrangement in question is the same as traditional marriage.

The Supreme Court has been asked to act in opposition to 32 states and redefine marriage to include not only an adult man and an adult woman but also two adults of the same sex.

Today, redefining terms has become the tool of those who worship at the altar of secular relativism -- the religious world view that is absent of any absolutes or truths and is driven by cultural occurrences, justification of behavior and those who supposedly "intellectually evolve."

As a young child, I had my tonsils, or the tissue at the back of my throat, removed -- a tonsillectomy. The removal of your appendix is an appendectomy. The removal of your gallbladder is a cholecystectomy. The excision of human tissue is almost always defined by the suffix "ectomy."

But the removal of an unborn child is an abortion. Yet millions have been spent and decades of effort has been expended to redefine the unborn child as simply tissue to equate the process as simple and natural as having other tissue extracted.

Unintended consequences have already begun to surface. U.S. Rep Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., recently stated, "...all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law, and accordingly decided that pedophilia is a sexual orientation that should be equally as embraced as homosexuality" in the push for federal legislation.

In an NPR interview, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley was interviewed about the Supreme Court's deliberations.

"You cannot defend a new civil liberty by denying it to others. I think that there is a grander, more magnificent trend that you can see in the law..." Dr. Turley said in response to a question about polygamy's new standing with a redefinition of marriage.

The quote at the top of this column, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., contrasts how the religion of secular relativism uses self-worship, called idolatry, to drive our laws to meet our behavioral whims while proving Christ's prayer for His disciples that "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of this world, just as I am not of the world."

God's word, from Genesis to Revelation, never blesses or condones homosexuality. Homosexuality is never referenced as the pattern of a thriving culture nor deemed as the type of relationship that should be replicated. In fact, it's always labeled sin.

Sin also includes adultery, lying, stealing, gluttony, hatred and many other human frailties. God's word never calls for discrimination against any of these sins, instead, we are to discern between right and wrong.

As a created being of our Creator, I have no authority to redefine His truth. Those who claim the name of Christ deliberately twisting and cherry-picking scripture to justify behavior simply reflect our narcissism and idolatry.

In the year of our Lord 2013, it is those with a fluid world view of relativism who are willing to "bend the rules" to justify behavior and to gain power that are embraced, praised, and socially honored. The cries for accountability and justice are being met with redefined virtues crafted by the faithful of the religious relativists.

Robin Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2007 to 2009. She is a partner at the SmithWaterhouse Strategies business development and strategic planning firm.