May 27, 2007
by Michael Gilbert
There was a time when the birth of child to an unwed mother was a scandal. It brought shame to the fornicating parents. They were not welcome in polite company, even though they were still loved and cared for by family.
The grandparents were also disgraced…but not in modern America.
Vice President Dick Cheney, and his wife Lynne, have allowed a picture to be taken (and posted on the internet1) which shows them holding their newest grandchild. Only, this grandchild is not a “traditional” grandchild…he has no father. Baby Cheney has two mommies2.
A Look To The Past
Historians, in commenting on the legacy of John Adams (our 2nd President), have stated: Ultimately, Adams’s great legacy, including his Revolutionary-era record, his dealings with foreign powers, and his judicial appointments, overshadowed perhaps an even greater mark he made on America: establishing the presidency as a moral, as well as a political, position”3.
Unfortunately, not all U.S. Presidents (or vice-presidents) have viewed (or treated) the office as a moral position as did Adams. Consider Andrew Jackson, for example. His tenure as president was rocky because of the Peggy Eaton incident.
Eaton, wife of newly appointed secretary of war John Eaton, had such a bad reputation (sexually speaking; MG) that she was shamed out of Washington D.C. social circles4. Schweikart and Allen state, “…Mrs. Calhoun (the VP’s wife; MG) refused even to travel to Washington so as to avoid having to meet Peggy.”5.
Apparently, Old Hickory couldn’t attend worship services in peace because the preachers, especially J.M. Campbell and Ezra Style Eli, would lecture him on morality6.
Things finally settled down when Eaton stopped attending social events. America had her vices even in 1828, but society generally knew what was right and wrong, as evidenced by Eaton’s treatment.
A Comment On The Present
Alas, “the world it is a changin'”. Our society now accepts, nay extols, what once was morally reprehensible – even to the point of accepting an unwed lesbian mother attempting to rear a child while shacking up with her lesbian lover.
Jeremiah once lamented, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush…” (Jer. 6:15; KJ21). One is tempted to ask if America is ashamed to have a Vice-President who is curiously silent about (perhaps even supportive of) his daughter’s wicked homosexual behavior. No…America can’t even blush at such an evil. In fact, the entertainment industry (books, Hollywood, etc.) profit from such activity because Americans continue to purchase it.
Homesexuality is wrong, but America, “…knowing the judgment of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but have pleasure in those who do them.” (Rom. 1:32).
Jeremiah’s words apply to America just the same as they did to Israel of old, “…therefore they shall fall among them that fall; at the time that I shall visit them they shall be cast down,” saith the LORD.” (Jer. 7:15). And, as the Psalmist reminds us, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Ps. 9:17).
No one can fault the Vice-President and his wife for loving this new grandson. However, in regard to the sin that brought the child into the world, I am reminded of these words, “Behold, I was shaped in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Ps. 51:5).
America…”Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…” (Ezek. 33:11).
1. DrudgeReport.com, 5-23-07
3. Schweikart and Allen, A Patriot’s History of the United States, (Sentinel Publishing: New York, NY, 2004), pg. 131, 206
4. p. 206
5. p. 206
6. p. 206