Someone told me that the US has just legalized gay marriage across the whole country. That same someone (who lives in the USA) told me that she had a feeling she'd be moving to Israel sooner rather than later (even though she hasn't been here for years) because:
"Once you start messing around with the 7 Noachide Laws, that has a way of diminishing God's love for your country."
I know reams and reams is probably being written about this landmark decision of the US Supreme Court. I'm not going to add to all the speculation with this post; what I DO want to talk about, though, is how important it is at this stage in Jewish history for us Jews to stand up for God.
When I moved to Israel 10 years' ago, it was a little ahead of the first 'gay parade' in Jerusalem. Back then, I was still working for the British Government as a ghostwriter for Ministers, and one of my best clients (in terms of how much work they asked me to do for them) was the Women and Equality Unit.
But in terms of what I had to write for them, it was the most drecky, horrible job ever. In just one speech, I'd have to laud women who rushed back to work as soon as their kids were born (the 'women' bit); praise muslims for having 6 wives (the 'equality' bit), and then also toss in at least one comment about how great and wonderful same gender relationships were (more of the 'equality' bit).
And bizarrely, in that ultra politically-correct environment where any notion of 'right and wrong' had gone completely out of the window, no-one seemed to notice how all these ideologies were completely at odds with each other, out there in the real world.
I hated those speeches.
I hated the feeling that I was selling-out my soul and my beliefs just to pay my mortgage - but of course, that's exactly what I was doing because back then, the Women and Equality Unit paid me very nicely to turn those things around for them.
It was part of the equation of being a religious Jew in galut, or exile.
So we moved to Israel, and all the fuss of the gay parade broke out here, and I kind of watched it a bit bemused, over to one side. My Israeli rabbis were encouraging me to take a stand, and to sign petitions against it, and to register my displeasure. And part of me really wanted to do that stuff - but the other part of me was far too scared of dong anything so UN-politically correct, because, well, political correctness was a central plank of my career and bank balance.
Or so I thought at the time.
So I felt very uncomfortable, but I did and said nothing.
Fast forward a decade, and a lot of water has flown under the bridge since then. Firstly, I actually went and researched the issue about why spilling seed is so bad, spiritually, for my old writing gig at breslev.co.il. You can check out those articles HERE.
To sum it up, whenever a man spills seed that has no chance of impregnating a woman, (however slim that chance might be), the millions of souls contained in that 'seed' get trapped in the realm of evil, which then sucks all the spiritual strength out of those souls, to pursue its own evil agenda in the world.
Scary stuff! And a concrete explanation of why gay marriage, and why promiscuous self-pleasuring lifestyles really are destroying the world.
The other thing that happened is that I gave up my career, and went through a patch of 'being' instead of doing that lasted for quite a few years. In that time of enforced career failure, my ego took quite a beating, and I started to realize more and more that God is running the show.
God is putting food on my table (or not…) God is paying my bills (or not…) God is responsible for my successes in life (I'm ready when You're ready, Hashem).
That understanding helped me to start shifting all the political correct brainwashing out of my system, and to stop worrying that if I stood up for what was right, in whichever way God expected that of me, that I was going to lose my cred, career or bank balance. I anyway lost all of those things, which was a very painful process, but now I see it has a huge upside:
I got out of spiritual galut.
I can say GAY MARRIAGE IS REALLY BAD, and not care about the consequences of making that statement.
But if I was back in the UK? Or still working for the Women and Equality Unit? Now, you're talking about a huge moral test - and the chances are high that I would probably fail it.
The decision by the US Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage is both a huge test, and a huge opportunity for God-fearing Jews. Anyone who can stand up for God is effectively proving they're out of slavery, out of exile, out of bondage to foreign beliefs and political correctness. Anyone who can't (and man, believe me that I know that there's bills to pay and tuition to cover) - is stuck, spiritually, in a very bad place.
A place where God is missing, and man's desires and animal-self is ruling the roost.
So the choice is simple, but also incredibly profound: Get out of spiritual exile by standing up for God and protesting gay marriage in whichever way you can (without getting arrested).