The melt is on. The lawn glaciers are receding. The cat is happy once again, and so am I.
It may be that, as someone said, “Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.” But it is also true that since people moved into snow country, much depends on weather.
50 degrees Fahrenheit seems cold in the summer, but today it’s frolicking weather, or almost so. Is everything really relative? No, please no. But weather is.
I’ve been blogsurfing this evening, after investing hours in Photoshop and Fireworks attaching my sister-in-law’s head to Charlize Theron’s body and tweaking it to make it a great fit. I emailed it to her, I’m hoping it will make her smile.
My blogsurfing yielded the following, which is going around on blogs and in email messages they say. Don’t know who wrote it, if I did I’d give them credit.
Defend Biblical Marriage
Draft of a Constitutional Amendment to Defend Biblical Marriage
1. Marriage in the United States of America shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5.)
2. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)
3. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)
4. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)
5. Since marriage is for life, neither the US Constitution nor any state law shall permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9-12)
6. If a married man dies without children, his brother must marry the widow. If the brother refuses to marry the widow, or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)
7. In lieu of marriage (if there are no acceptable men to be found), a woman shall get her father drunk and have sex with him. (Gen 19:31-36)
Clever, yes. And some truth in it too. It seems pretty transparent to me that President Bush is hoping for votes from Christian conservatives with his desire for a Constitutional Amendment supporting “Biblical marriage.” But, even though there isn’t any such thing in the strictest sense, there are principles in the Bible that should apply to marriage, and to all other relationships as well.
Those principles have to do with being honorable, fair, and kind, resourceful, capable, and respectful. I guess we could call them ethics.
One could also make a Biblical case for ethics in politics.