6.27.2015

Gay Marriage and Dinosaurs

Today (June 26) has been a historic day in America with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage.  While this decision was hardly unexpected, my emotions have nevertheless ranged from disbelief, to anger, to sadness.
  
As I get ready for bed tonight, I want to share a random thought that’s been running through my head all day regarding this decision.  I admit it’s a somewhat silly illustration, but stay with me.

My wife recently discovered I had never watched the movie Jurassic Park.  She insisted that I watch it, so we rented it two nights ago.  In that film, there is a scene where a scientist and a developer discuss the viability of Jurassic Park, a nature reserve where dinosaurs and humans co-exist and interact.  The scientist says to the developer, “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”  (As a young earth creationist, I don’t believe it was quite that long.  But you get the drift.)  True to the scientist’s concerns, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park wreak havoc on the humans, and much chaos and destruction ensue.

So, how do dinosaurs tie into the gay marriage debate?

In legalizing gay marriage, we - like the developers of the fictitious Jurassic Park - have arrogantly taken an action for which we cannot possibly understand the ramifications.  Marriage is, after-all, the very foundation of civilization.  For the entirety of human history, marriage has been recognized as one man and one woman.  But today the Supreme Court set aside thousands of years of precedent and changed the meaning of marriage.  To say that marriage has been “expanded” is not accurate.  Rather, marriage has been fundamentally redefined.  The chain reaction of this redefinition will be far-reaching and will impact individuals, families, and culture in ways that we cannot now imagine.  One cannot alter the foundation without having a damaging effect on the structure itself.  The level of naivet√© to this reality is truly frightening. 

In another scene from Jurassic Park, the developer is told regarding the reintroduction of dinosaurs, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.” 

Is it possible the same will be said of us, in our rush to legalize gay marriage?

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