The Culture war rages on.
So called same sex marriages are becoming acceptable to most Americans. Homosexuality is seen as morally neutral. We have, I believe, lost the battle. Marriage is no longer seen as between one woman and one man for the purpose of raising a family. Once it was the bedrock of our society. It no longer is.
But the devaluing of marriage began decades ago with the acceptance of easy divorce, contraception, and cohabitation. The nail in the coffin of morality is the idea that sex is for pure pleasure instead of a total gift of self to another person. That is one of the reasons that homosexuality is considered normal.
The idea that there is a natural moral law that human beings should strive to uphold is ridiculed. Moral relativism, the foolish idea that there is no absolute truth, has a death grip on our culture. Moral relativism is a deadly virus that leads to destruction and spiritual death. It has destroyed families and harmed children.
The desire for God, St. Augustine wrote, is written on the human heart. It is in our spiritual DNA.
Too many people do not recognize that the restless yearning in their hearts is a desire for God. Humans have always sought joy and meaning in their lives. But without acknowledging that there are eternal moral laws, people look for love and joy and meaning in all the wrong places. These things can only be found in a life lived in union with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
But humanity has lost its moral compass. Many Christians do not recognize that we are called to live our lives in love and The Truth which is Jesus Christ.
The remnant of faithful Christians may be declining. We appear to be losing the battle in this world. It is going to get harder to be a faithful Catholic. The Catholic Church is being labeled as homophobic, anti woman, and anti progress. Seemingly overnight all faithful Catholics have become bigots. The enlightened ones are in full attack mode.
So be it. Bring it on. Faithful Christians know where our true home is, and so our eyes are fixed firmly on heaven. We may become battle weary and a bit fearful, but Jesus never promised us a rose garden in this earthly realm. On the contrary he promised,”Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
Let us heed the words of St. Paul:
“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.
For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.
Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.
So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,
and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 5:10-17)
St. Michael protect us in battle.