What Proposition 8 Proved
This last election was a discouraging one for conservatives. America elected, by a wide margin, one of the most liberal politicians of our time. His economic plans border on Socialism, and he has one of the most pro-choice voting records during his duration in Congress. On top of that the Congress is now entrenched in liberalism in both the Senate and the House. Conservatives can also expect liberal judge nominations to our nation’s top courts. Is there anything to be optimistic to be about?
An Important Sidebar
Before going any further there is an important point to bring to light. As Christians we must acknowledge that our hope is not in this world, its leaders, and policies. We serve a sovereign, mighty God that is working all things to the good of those who love him (Rom 8:28). To find yourself in immense grief over our political state is to ignore that our focus is to be on the eschaton and not this world that is passing away (1 Cor 7:31; 1 John 2:17). Keep in mind also that all rulers and authorities are put into that position by the will of God (Rom 13). With that important note we can move into our discussion.
Proposition 8 and Its Effects
In California, which is known for its liberal voting record, passed Proposition 8 into their state’s constitution. This amendment not only defines legal marriages as between one man and one woman, but it also applies retroactively to all current homosexual marriages formerly sanctioned by the state. In August of this year the state’s highest court repealed a ban on same-sex marriages which led to the Proposition 8 vote (as well as a ruling a few years ago legitimizing same-sex marriage). This election similar measures passed in Arizona and Florida bringing the total to 30 states that have passed similar measures.
This last week protests across the country took part in opposing the passage of the act in California. The protesters are calling on the State’s high court to overrule the amendment as “unconstitutional.” All this has led to a revelation that many conservatives have touted for a long time?namely the misguided role that judges have in legislation.
It's become more and more apparent in recent times that judges across the country have been legislating from the bench instead of interpreting and applying legislation. This amendment is particularly important, because it has brought to light that a few judges (or even one judge) do not and should not speak for the general populace. On issues as important as the definition of marriage amongst others it is very apparent that the populace should decide how such an issue is decided.
We all have the tendency to love electoral results when the outcome is what we desire. However, liberals have shown more and more that they cannot accept when an outcome doesn’t favor their position. This contradictory position is no more evident then the protests surrounding the passage of Proposition 8. Instead of acquiescing to the electoral results they vow to fight it as long as necessary for the result they want to come through.
The Beacon of Hope
As conservative evangelicals we can look at issues like Proposition 8 and thank God for not allowing us to be as wicked as we could be as a nation. In a time when the GOP is “re-evaluating” their platform (translation: we need to be more moderate) we can see this promotion of righteousness as an important victory. While not the only issue relevant to evangelicals in the current political landscape it certainly shows that on the whole we as a nation aren’t as liberal as our popular media would like us to believe.
The gospel must go forth with or without a Republican president, and nothing will inhibit the Spirit of God working in this world for his glory. We can continue to be kingdom-minded believers who seek to promote righteousness in the public square and also maintain our fierce dedication to the truth that only the gospel will bring redemption and joy to this fallen world.