Friday, August 26, 2011

A Practical Reason for Honoring the Traditional Family

This is old news, but I finally got a chance to listen to Congressman Liet. Col Allen West's speech before CPAC. I have been impressed with him for some time, but I didn't realize that he was such a powerful speaker.  The message was about 40 minutes in length, and covered a wide-range of topics. The speech centered on "three pillars" needed to sustain our country. What impressed me the most was his 3rd pillar: traditional American values. As he launched into his remarks, West noted "I realize this is a controversial topic at CPAC." This was a reference, perhaps, to the openly gay and lesbian group that was invited to be part of CPAC's leadership. Knowing they were present, he nevertheless reaffirmed that marriage is between one man and one woman (then again, after leading troops into battle I suppose it is rather unlikely he would have been intimated by the LGBT community).

He then went on to tie the concept of the traditional American family back to the issue of big-government.  He said:
"If you break down the American family that leads to government dependency, which leads to the growth of government, which leads and results in greater government spending. The strength of America is in the strength of the bonds of its American families. When American expanded westward it was with men and women with their families in wagons going across the Mississippi river and spread throughout this great nation. Do not ever forget the bond of this great nation. If we are to have a new dawn in America, we must reclaim our traditional Judeo-Christian heritage."
As Christians we honor the family because it is God's design and command. There are consequences for not following God's laws, and West is pointing out one of those negative consequences. He did go on to offer more than simply pragmatic reasons. The best line of the speech was that "our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people"--in other words our country only works correctly when we acknowledge a basic Christian outlook.

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