I have had little time to post on the BB this week but have read quite a few posts. Much has been written on the Supreme Court's striking down Texas' anti-sodomy laws. A few comments: First, I wish the court had not struck down the laws. However, striking down these laws has little immediate, practical effect on our nation and culture because the laws were not being enforced anyway. As a conservative (politically, in this case) I think it is a bad idea to have laws and not enforce them. I know of no way to enforce anti-sodomy laws in which the process of discovering who is committing the crime would not do more harm than the crime itself. Second, there is probably a coming cumulative effect in the court's action which will lead to the legalization of homosexual marriage. That's a bad idea and Baptists should openly oppose such a move. We will and the legalization will probably take place anyway. Which leads some on the board to pronounce judgement on America and damnation on liberals who approve of homosexuality. It's the end of the world!!!! As Baptists, we need to stop pronouncing the end of the world so often. Like the little boy who cried "wolf", it causes people not to take us seriously. Think about another issue, the issue of abortion. Damnation has been pronounced on America many times over that issue as well. Yet, the tide is running against abortion in this country. First, medical science is showing over and over again that the three-trimester standard set up by the court is arbitrary and makes for poor science. Second, those who favor abortion have overplayed their hand by being so radical on the issue. Specifically, their opposition to the outlawing of "partial-birth" abortion has exposed them for the radicals they are. Also, there is a real and legitimate movement in this country to grant human rights to a fetus. Should Scott Peterson be convicted of one murder or two? That is a question that is being debated in our culture and those who see the fetus as human life are in a strong position. Our argument resonates with people and pricks their conscience. Little by little, abortion is being regulated in this country because there are sound reasons to regulate it. As this takes place, abortion is ceasing to be an unrestricted right. That does not make the world a perfect place nor does it usher in the Kingdom, but it is progress. Back to the topic of homosexual marriage. If/when it is legalized, our nation will be sowing seed that will spring up into a tragic harvest. Children who are adopted into one-sex homes will lack the balance of male-female nurturing which God intended. Many of these children will enter adulthood unable to cope with the realities of life. That is the mild result. Think of the increase in incidents of sexual abuse among children that will occur in the privacy of one-sex homes. Children will grow to adulthood having suffered abuse and will have no context allowing them to recognize what has happened to them. Abortion came to acceptance in this country because our culture stopped thinking in a Christian context and decided that it was OK. Christians have continued over the years to criticize abortion, oppose abortion, and argue against it. Our arguments are now having some effect. In the case of homosexual marriage, the situation may get worse before it gets better. However, if we are faithful to provide arguments against it, and if we are willing to minister to its victims in love, we can and we will have an impact on our culture in this area as well. So rather than take on a "the sky is falling" mentality, let's keep working, let's keep speaking the truth in love, and let's continue to be salt in the world.