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In The News: Ungodly Leaders

inthenewsOn Tuesday, November 3, the state of Maine voted on a referendum regarding a state law that would have allowed homosexual couples to marry.

According to an Associated Press article, the pro-homosexual lobby had a tremendous advantage:

The stars seemed aligned for supporters of gay marriage. They had Maine’s governor, legislative leaders and major newspapers on their side, plus a huge edge in campaign funding. (David Crary, AP National Writer)

Despite the leadership of the state being in favor of the law, the voters repealed it by a 53-47 percent margin. In fact, though certain liberal courts have made homosexual marriage legal in a few states, in the 31 states where the people have had a vote, it has been rejected every single time. In addition, in all 30 states where a state constitutional amendment has been introduced to ban homosexual marriage, it has been passed by voters.

What does this mean? There remains an unease among the majority of Americans with the concept of homosexual marriage. Despite years of propaganda and activism, most Americans believe the homosexual lifestyle to be perverted and unnatural.

That doesn’t mean that homosexual advocates are going to go away, and cease their clamor. As stated in the article:

Richard Socarides, who was an adviser on gay-rights issues in the Clinton administration, said the loss in Maine should prompt gay-rights leaders to reconsider their state-by-state strategy on marriage and shift instead to lobbying for changes on the federal level that expand recognition of same-sex couples.

In Maine, gay-marriage supporters conceded early Wednesday.

“We’re in this for the long haul,” said Jesse Connolly, manager of the pro-gay marriage campaign. “For next week, and next month, and next year — until all Maine families are treated equally. Because in the end, this has always been about love and family and that will always be something worth fighting for.

A similar note was sounded by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, who signed the bill into law last May and spoke out in defense of the law.

“If we don’t get to the top of the mountain tonight, we’ve made a significant stride. And we’re going to get there,” he said late Tuesday. “We will get to the top of the mountain.” (ibid.)

It seems un-American to hear people professing a willingness to bypass the will of the people to get their agenda made into law. However, our leaders are in bed with the homosexual lobby, and it very well may happen.

Israel was led into ungodliness by evil kings. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed” (Isaiah 9:16). The leaders of the people are referred to as the “head” of Israel, and concerning their ungodliness, the prophet promised, “The Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel” (vs. 14).

What we need are true prophets (preachers) to call our nation to repentance. We, as Christians, are to be those messengers of God. “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2). In this way only will our nation be delivered.