It is tempting to view the fight for marriage as being over. Polls, people will say, suggest a tide of public opinion moving in the direction of jettisoning the age-old definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman. And while the Supreme Court has not said that the Constitution requires same-sex marriage, it has certainly shown an inclination in that direction.
If you are tempted by this kind of defeatist thinking, you need to read Ryan Anderson’s excellent piece at the First Things website: “Calling and Witness, Holiness and Truth.” To those who say that liberal victories are irreversible, Anderson responds that the current generation is more pro-life than the previous one. When Roe v. Wade was decided, most people, including many Christians, thought it was fine. Pro-lifers responded with determined effort, and today the movement is healthier and more influential than it has ever been. This despite the repeated claims of people on the other side that pro-lifers are the party of the past, destined to be swept away by the tides of so-called progress. As Anderson’s argument suggest, the truth has a certain staying power and persuasiveness that tends to support and reward its proponents.
These considerations, he suggests, should give hope and determination to the defenders of marriage. Despite all the deforming influences of propaganda, the evidence of the pro-life movement actually shows that the public can be moved by argument. And since the argument for marriage has hardly been made, now is the time to start making it with vigor.
In addition, Anderson’s piece is full of great remarks encouraging Christians to embrace the world with confidence, seeking to bring Christ to it and it to Christ. Here are some of my favorite quotations: