One for the 'Bet you didn't see that coming' file
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Hundreds of thousands of people in France -- everyone from religious leaders to gay atheists -- are marching against same-sex marriage.


Add me to the truly shocked crowd. Sure, I remember reading that the French Supreme Court rejected a case intended to redefine marriage. But I honestly thought this was a fluke considering France's reputation being very secular and hedonistic.

Then a recalled an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail":

"There was a time when the church was very powerful in the time when
the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for
what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a
thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion;
it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever
the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became
disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being
"disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitators"' But the Christians
pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven,"
called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in
commitment. They were too God intoxicated to be "astronomically
intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such
ancient evils as infanticide. and gladiatorial contests."

I wonder if a similar situation is occurring in France. Perhaps, despite being REALLY outnumbered by atheists, French Christians may be still devout in their faith and thus positively impacting the culture such as spawning massive pro-marriage rallies.

This should give us encouragement in the USA. Clearly, the last election drove home the point that we now live in a post-Christian culture, but that doesn't mean we must become an "irrelevant social club." This was Rev. King's fear about the future of the American church, but he added that this fate could be avoided by being bold in our faith and obedience to Christ. That's what we in America must remember.

Just my two cents.
When you think of it though, French haven't been famous for being legalistic about their hedonism, at least not the classic model. According to the stereotype they were cheerfully hedonistic without claiming that hedonism should be respectable. Almost like living in two contradictory worlds at once.

Obviously that is a stereotype. But stereotypes have something to them.
No, I didn't see that one coming! The French have always been known as hedonists, here. Who'd'a thunk? However, I think we owe France an "atta boy!" for these demonstrations. They have managed to do something we can't, and deserve genuine thanks!
Wonder what my French socialist co-worker (and friend) would say to this. Most remarkable!

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