Destroying marriage relationship hurts our country
by Donald Conkey
April 18, 2013 12:00 AM | 941 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seldom do I read every word of any editorial page, but I made an exception for the April 7 Cherokee Tribune editorial page. I read every word.

It was easy. I resonated with each of the two columnists, Roger Hines and Abigail Roach, and mostly, but not all with Steve Marcinko’s letter to the editor.

Abigail Roach’s column on Law Day 2013 brought back pleasant memories of that day in 2006 when then-Superior Court Judge and friend Frank Mills presented me with the Law Day Liberty Bell award.

I’m grateful the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit Bar Association felt my columns and blogs on America’s Constitution were worthy of their coveted award. This award hangs proudly on my office wall for all to see.

Daughter Pam then framed the Tribune stories that follow this award luncheon and gave them to her mother, who then hung them in the family room.

And anyone reading Hines’ column wouldn’t have to wonder where he stands on the marriage issue that is now raging across America, creating angry discussions among many Americans, especially those of us who fully comprehend the consequences that will shortly follow if America continues on its current foolish course of attempting to redefine what marriage is.

It is a road to self-destruction as has happened time and time again throughout history when nations substitute secular beliefs for the wisdom of God. Marriage between Adam and Eve was ordained by God for the blessing of all mankind since that day in the Garden of Eden.

Most religions have accepted that marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of all society. Destroy that relationship and nations begin that slow downward trail of self-destruction..

I agree with Hines when he declared, loud and clear, that the Republican Party has no future if they nominate a candidate in 2016 that favors same sex marriage.

There are principles involved and when Godly principles are abandoned the wrath of God follows. He declared he would not vote for such a candidate — and I too now declare nor will I.

I have no idea of how many main line churches, Christian or non-Christian, have a written declaration of what they believe marriage is or what marriage, between a man and a woman, represents, but I know of one church that has published such a declaration — my church.

It was published in 1996 and is titled “The Family, A Proclamation to the World.” It can be viewed by Googling its title.

Joan has also hung this Proclamation in a prominent place in our home for all to read when they visit our home. And because it is published online, I believe anyone can read it and ponder its powerful declarations on the role of all members of the family, husband, wife and children.

It, like Roger Hines, does not leave any doubt where it stands on the family, and marriage, the most sacred of all human relationships, nor the role of the family as the cornerstone of all successful nations and societies.

The essence of Marcinko’s letter was that marriage is only for children. While caring for the children resulting from marriage is an essential responsibility, it is not the only reason for marriage.

Yes, as Bible students know, the first commandment to Adam and Eve, as husband and wife, was to “be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth.” (Gen 1:28)

One paragraph in The Family Proclamation concurs with Marcinko, and reads “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children.”

“Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their needs ... observe the commandments of God and be law-abiding citizens. Husbands and wives — mothers and fathers — will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.”

True marriage, a blessing for all involved.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.
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