From Tom McClusky writing on FRC Action’s The Cloakroom Blog:
Senator Liebermann (I-Conn.) plans on holding a hearing tomorrow in his Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in 342 Dirksen on his bill to expand federal benefits reserved for federal employees and their spouses to homosexual federal employees and their “partners.” This would be effectively neutralizing most of the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996 by a large bipartisan majority and signed by President Bill Clinton.
Witnesses for the bill include John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Mr. Berry, an open homosexual activist, is best known for his recent comments on how the Obama Administration will undermine marriage piece by piece using legislation such as Senator Lieberman’s. The other witness is Dr. William Hendrix, Global Leader, Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Dow Chemical (GLAD).
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If you were to scan the entirety of the Bible front-to-back you would not find a word or definition of culture. With this being the case we need to begin with the English word “culture” and see if this concept matches anything the Bible teaches so that we can see what exactly the Bible says about culture.
The English word culture is originally derived from the Latin word “colere.” Colere is an agricultural word that means to “tend, guard, cultivate, and till.” From this point culture evolved into different figurative meanings. For instance, it is used in a figurative sense to refer to “cultivation through education,” the “collective customs and achievements of a people,” to the medical usage as “The act or process of growing living material.”
Irrespective of its usage throughout time, the term culture carries within it a sense of growing and making – both tangible and intangible things. From growing corn to building buildings, to growing living material in a Petri dish to developing complex mathematical equations, culture encompasses all of these facets.
Now that we have an idea of what exactly culture is, let’s take a look in the Bible to see if there is any concept
Culture by the Book
After creating mankind in His image and after His likeness, the act of culture begins with God’s blessing of humanity:
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1.28).
In addition to the tasks encapsulated within this mandate we observe further responsibilities in Genesis 2.15, which says,
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
There is a lot to be said at this point, but I would like to draw our attention to two observations
Creation vs. Culture
The first thing we observe from these passages is the difference between creation and culture. Simply put, creation is what God makes and culture is what we make. During his lectures at Pensacola Theological Seminary on Christ and Culture, John Frame said,
Recent polling shows that most Americans still oppose homosexuality/gay marriage.
By Nathan A. Cherry
Martinsburg, W.V. – A recent poll by the Pew Research Center is telling the story mainstream news and other left-leaning organizations don’t want you to hear: the majority of Americans are still opposed to same-sex marriage. The poll concludes;
“Of 4,013 adults…shows that 49 percent say that homosexuality is morally wrong, 9 percent morally acceptable and 35 percent say it is not a moral issue. That’s little changed from a February 2006 Pew poll, when 50 percent said it was morally wrong, 12 percent morally acceptable and 33 percent said it was not a moral issue.”
“Among races, blacks in the Pew poll were most likely to say homosexuality is morally wrong (64 percent morally wrong, 5 percent morally acceptable), followed by whites (48 percent, 8 percent, respectively) and Hispanics (43 percent, 15 percent).”
“The poll also found that among all adults, 53 percent oppose “gay marriage” and 39 percent support it. Blacks again led the way in opposition, with 66 percent saying they oppose changing the definition of marriage; 52 percent of whites and 49 percent of Hispanics said likewise.”