If you saw the news today, you saw a photo of two females, one in the Navy uniform, in a passionate kiss, upon the return from deployment of an LSD class ship. The Sailor won the ship's raffle to be the first off the ship to see their loved one.
As a Pastor, I live by the motto; Love the sinner, hate the sin!" I personally agree with this view. I am a sinner. But the difference is, I don't want my sins paraded on the front page of the newspaper! America's problem is the lack of a moral compass. Regardless of what the historical reconstructionists say, America was founded with the guidance of Judeo/Christian values, utilizing the Bible as the guide. The people who came to America for religious freedom, were Christians and Jews. While I am willing to agree with what is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, you know, bring me your huddled masses...., I still believe America must have a moral compass.
Hollywood has been on a campaign to discredit America's morals since movies were invented. They make movies that push the boundaries of acceptability and we get used to it, thus establishing a new normal. Hollywood did it with clothing, pre-marital sex, affairs, lies, stealing, cheating, drugs, violence, and now homosexuality. There is not a television series that does not have at least one homosexual character. Hell, there are even rumors that Bert and Ernie are gay!
Well, I for one, do not believe that homosexuality is normal or natural! It, like drug usage, violence, poverty, and alcoholism, is a life style choice. I really don't care if you agree with me or not. It is the truth. AIDS, is proof of that. Want to stop AIDS, quit having anal sex!! If we would did that, AIDS would be eradicated. Where's my NOBEL Prize?
Back to the event that forced me to write this. We have had people who chose to have sex with people of the same sex forever. But, they kept their sin hidden. Now, we want to proudly parade that sin. The Navy is proud of those two women and I am ashamed for them and ashamed OF my navy. (Small "n" on purpose) The demise of our morals is also the demise of good order and discipline! That "Good order and Discipline" is the motor that powers the military. Without it, we cease to be effective.
Because of those who want to reduce the morals of America to the lowest common denominator have succeeded in destroying this once great nation. I mourn the demise of the country I once fought so proudly for. We failed to pass this Constitutional Republic, this "Beacon on the Hill" as President Regan called America, on to our progeny. I guess, I failed. Failed to make moral behavior and personal responsibility attractive to those who came after me. We failed, shipmates and I for one am sorry.