In a blog post, Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, calls New York’s recent legalization of gay marriage a “sad spectacle” and writes the following:
One of the lessons learned in this sad spectacle is the fact that enough Republican senators changed their positions on the issue under intense pressure, thus enabling the passage of the legislation. The same was true for the minority of Democratic senators who had previously voted against the measure. One of these, Carl Kruger, changed his vote because the nephew of the woman Kruger lives with was so outraged over the issue that he had cut the couple off from an ongoing relationship. “I don’t need this,” the Senator told a colleague, “It has gotten personal now.”
Well, of course it has. But what this statement really means is that many Americans, including many in the political class, simply fold their moral convictions when they conflict with the lifestyles or convictions of a friend or relative.
Of course, another way to read this is that New York State Senator Carl Kruger’s “fold” on the issue of gay marriage was initiated by an opening of his heart to simple human empathy.
There’s a well-known story from the Gospel of John (in chapter eight) similar to Carl Kruger’s. It’s the story of a woman caught in adultery. The upholders of the law, focusing only on the law, wanted to stone her. But Jesus saw a person. Shielding her with his own body, he said to them:
Let he that is without sin among you cast the first stone.
The story ended happily. The legalists dropped their stones and walked away.
But today, that outcome is less certain. Carl Kruger, Jesus-like, has stepped between a group of conservative religious legalists and a despised minority. I wonder what price they’ll extract from his hide for doing so.
UPDATE: Albert Mohler clearly didn’t know this in taking after Carl Kruger—and neither did I—but Carl Kruger may be gay himself, adding a twist to his motivations for voting in support of gay marriage. Prior to his recent vote, Kruger was a vociferous and reliable opponent of gay marriage.
Life is complicated and rarely what it seems, don’t you think?