The Brody File won’t take up any more space documenting the biblical case for traditional marriage not to mention all the empirical evidence as to why traditional marriage has benefited society throughout the years so let’s move on to the political ramifications. Excuse the pun but the GOP is about to have a “Come To Jesus Moment.”
Look, Republican politicians are going to be faced with a political dilemma. The Brody File calls it a, “Judeo-Christian Backbone Moment.” Will they run away from the issue of traditional marriage or embrace it? Polls suggest more Americans (especially younger voters) are accepting of gay marriage so does that mean these “pro-family” politicians will modify their views? Does it mean they will change their views (Hello Rob Portman)? Or will they simply stop defending traditional marriage and run away from it like the plague? After all, unless they live in a super secure congressional district or a very conservative state, they may believe that one of the options above may keep them afloat politically. The American people are about to find out who the pretenders are. Will these GOP Congressman choose political survival or Judeo-Christian Statesmanship?
You can be sure that GOP House leadership has no appetite for a fight over gay marriage. Boehner and company may technically believe in traditional marriage and their words on a press release will sound nice but what about their actions? Lip service is one thing. Actions are quite another. Congressman Tim Huelskamp has introduced a Federal Marriage Amendment. Will this get any serious traction in the Republican-controlled House? For now, Speaker Boehner says he has no plans to press forward with anything to replace DOMA. Does anybody really believe GOP Establishment politicians are going to touch this marriage issue at all? They’re going to need more than a ten-foot poll. Don’t hold your breath. It’s a social issue! Run for the hills! I can hear the Political Consultants screaming, “We can’t win on the marriage issue. Abandon ship!”
And what about the upcoming 2016 GOP presidential candidates? The safe play is to say that this marriage issue is a “states rights issue.” You’re going to hear that talk quite a bit in the GOP Primaries but that’s a default position. Which candidate is going to really stand up for traditional marriage and make it a bully pulpit issue? Which candidate is going to go out on a limb and defend traditional marriage knowing in this day and age of political correctness it might cost them something politically? Good luck if you find one.
All of this will leave evangelicals with some choices. They can wallow in their misery, feel defeated on this issue of gay marriage, stay home and watch reruns of Little House On The Prairie and continue to head to church on Sunday and attend their weekly Bible studies. OR….
They can get engaged. They can educate themselves. They can vote. They can get serious about what’s happening in America. Simply put, will the church be listless or lively? Will they become politically involved or uncommitted?
Ultimately, the fight to save traditional marriage isn’t about politics or political parties. The GOP is just a faulty vessel, full of people who will disappoint their followers along the way. This really comes down to evangelicals getting off the couch and proclaiming enough is enough. This will be done precinct-by-precinct, county-by-county, state-by-state. It’s hard work but you know what? Homosexual activists have put in the hard work and don’t give up because they believe in their cause. Will evangelicals match that fervor? Conservative Christians outnumber the gay activists so the numbers are on their side but apathy is lethal.