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BAD NEWS: For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unright -eousness, because what may be known of God is manifestin them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being under -stood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolishhearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man -and birds and four -footed animals and creeping things.Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of theirhearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truthof God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit,evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent,proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such thingsare deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.We know these laws are good when they are used as God intended.But they were not made for people who do what is right. They are for peoplewho are disobedient and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who considernothing sacred and defile what is holy, who murder their father or mother orother people.These laws are for people who are sexually immoral, for homosexuals and slave traders, for liars and oath breakers, and for those who do anything else that contradicts the right teachingGOOD NEWS:For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.***The United States government has just released a nation-wide survey on Americans' private sexual habits. The NEW YORK TIMES describes it as disclosing"surprising numbers for same-sex activity."Surprising is the right word, but not in the way I suspect the NEW YORK TIMES means.The study was done by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among other statistics, the study indicates that only about 4 percent of men and women consider themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.Indeed, among men ages 18 to 44, 90 percent call themselves heterosexual, 2 percent homosexual, 2 percent bisexual, and 4 percent something else. Amongwomen, 86 percent are attracted only to men, and 10 percent "mostly" to males.In both cases it is a long way from the 10 percent that the homosexual lobby hasadvanced for years. We are told that homosexual behavior is simply a choice and that we're bigoted if we do not believe it to be the norm. But any time you look at statistics and find less than 10 percent engaging in a particular activity, it is contrary to the norm. The norm is what the 90 percent does.There are profound social consequences here. If sexual orientation is a choice,then we're free to choose. But this study implies that we're wired a certainway, for heterosexual relationships.As philosopher J. Budziszewski says, there are some things we "can't not know."One of those things is that we're biologically made a certain way: males one way and females another. That's the way the world works, and it's the only natural way to conceive children.And when you go against the way the world is made, you're going against the grain of the universe. And no amount of propaganda or clever marketing, which iswhat it is, can change the unalterable facts of the natural moral order. It's time we recognize that and stop being bullied by special interests.But whether we should have spent the money this way or not, we do now have the report. It does show us something that needs to be understood in American life.It has a profound impact on the political and cultural debates of our day in ways that I'm sure does indeed surprise the staff of the NEW YORK TIMES.
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