I apologize in advance if this comes off as too preachy, but I think the message from AmericanThinker.com is valid: Learning the Hard Way:
Whoever wins elections does nothing to change the natural consequences of disobeying what is often referred to as Natural Law. There is no getting around it; human beings were meant to behave themselves in a certain way. When we violate the standards set by Natural Law, or when our own laws are in conflict with Natural Law, hard consequences await. The important thing is to learn from our mistakes, and as in the parable of the lost son, to return to what is right.
Natural law is, according to St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest minds of all time:
The Natural Law, as applied to the case of human beings, requires greater precision because of the fact that we have reason and free will. It is the our nature humans to act freely (i.e. to be provident for ourselves and others) by being inclined toward our proper acts and end. That is, we human beings must exercise our natural reason to discover what is best for us in order to acheive (sic) the end to which their nature inclines. Furhtermore,(sic) we must exercise our freedom, by choosing what reason determines to naturally suited to us, i.e. what is best for our nature. The natural inclination of humans to acheive (sic) their proper end through reason and free will is the natural law. Formally defined, the Natural Law is humans’ participation in the Eternal Law, through reason and will. Humans actively participate in the eternal law of God (the governance of the world) by using reason in conformity with the Natural Law to discern what is good and evil.
He also said:
The natural law is promulgated by God: “God has instilled it into human minds so as to be known by them naturally.”
As a Catholic, I am taught that Natural Law is God’s law written on our hearts. For those who have not been exposed to the Gospel, they can still follow Natural Law and still be seeking God. The Natural Law draws us closer to our creator, whether we realize it or not. Intentionally disregarding Natural Law, whether or not we proclaim a faith in God, still separates us from God. Our works proclaim our faith, and if we call “God! God!” and go out and commit sin, we obviously are not following His dictates.
So, what are the results of rejecting God and His Natural Law? Personally, I have witnessed the results of this rejection in the lives of family and friends. Those who engaged in behavior that separated themselves from God by doing things that worked against His Law. I have seen children not born, marriages destroyed, relationships shredded, and long-term emotional damage. There has been guilt, shame, regret, depression, and anger. And these have rippled out from their center to affect others.
Back to the article:
After winning on November 6, gloating liberals boldly declared, “The right has lost the culture war.” Who could blame them for such a conclusion? In spite of a weak economy and terrible employment numbers, Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history and the only sitting U.S. president to declare support for same-sex marriage, easily won reelection.
Harry Enten of the UK Guardian concluded that, “…Three of the key points of contention were abortion, gay rights, and recreational drug use. The results from last Tuesday’s election indicates that the right is losing the war on these three issues.”
In addition to Obama’s reelection, the results that form such thinking are as follows: For the first time ever, voters in … approved same-sex marriage. Voters … passed ballot measures that allow for the recreational use of marijuana. Wisconsin elected America’s first openly gay U.S. senator. What’s more, the GOP lost two … senate races … partly due to their candidates’ inability properly and intelligently to articulate the pro-life position when it comes to abortion in the rare case of pregnancy due to rape.
Liberals have also declared themselves the winners in the “class war.” … Jonathan Chait noted that, “Like every president, Obama won for myriad reasons, important and petty. But his reelection was hardly small and hardly devoid of ideas. Indeed, it was entirely about a single idea. The campaign, from beginning to end, was an extended argument about economic class.”
…I’m convinced that millions of Americans voted for Obama, et al, for no other reason than for their support of legalized killing of children in the womb, and for their support of perverted (same-sex) marriage. Too many Americans want the social and legal approval of sex without consequences.
I don’t know that I buy the re-election based on the desire for sexual behavior without consequences, though it may have been a part of the result. I do agree that there is a growing class of takers that seem to be ever more eager to receive than to produce. The increasingly brazen behavior of the selfish during these last two election cycles has scared me more than anything during any other election cycle that I can think of. Remember the lady who said she wouldn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage? Or the Obamaphone woman? I think the election was won more on the engaging in bad behavior and the desire to take from others, more so than the desire to put a stamp of approval on sexual freedom and misbehavior.
What liberals forget, or choose to ignore, is that even if such social and legal protections are achieved, this does not remove the tough natural consequences of immoral behavior…
… the sad consequences of an abortion are myriad. According to National Right to Life, women having an abortion face more than a doubled risk of future sterility along with an increased risk of future miscarriages. Thirteen out of 17 studies in the U.S. reported an increase in breast cancer among women choosing abortion. Abortion has also been associated with cervical and ovarian cancer.
Besides the physical trauma, many post-abortive women are doomed to a lifetime of guilt and pain, with common experiences such as depression, anxiety, self-hatred, loneliness, and hopelessness…
…a culture can’t redefine the foundational institution of human society without suffering for it. (And remember, libs, any definition of marriage is discriminatory.) …the destruction of the traditional (biblical) family unit is already well underway.
The number of U.S. households headed by unmarried adults now outnumbers those led by married adults. Also, more than half of all American children born to women under 30 are born out of wedlock….
Then there is the inevitable consequence of a nation living well beyond its means. Make no mistake about it, for far too many Americans, the primary function of the U.S. government is to provide income, food, housing, and health care. As Robert Samuelson recently reported, “In 2011, ‘payments for individuals’ including health care, constituted 65 percent of federal spending, up from 21 percent in 1955. That’s the welfare state.”
… it is very unlikely that much will be done to deal with the trillions in debt that the “welfare state” has wrought.
Natural Law sets in place rules which are for our benefit. Sexual restraint, care for our bodies, care for each other, protecting the foundation of society, and doing those things that honor God and protect the dignity of each individual are some of the basic tenets of Natural Law. I have personally seen the results of breaking Natural Law, even if the one who violated is unaware of why he is experiencing depression, anger, or has a disorganized life, whether he is a college friend, family member, or other acquaintance.
It is not God’s punishment for turning away from Him; it is the natural result of damaging behavior brought on by ungodly behavior.
As a nation, and individually, we violate His will for us at our peril. There is no behavior that does not have consequences. There is no misbehavior that does not have negative consequences, whether or not the instigator of the behavior is aware of the consequences.