Borrowed from the Bonfire of the Vanities:
‘Gay marriage’ is church suicide
Give into the Zeitgeist? Not a plan of success:
Episcopal Church: -18% (2002-2012)
United Church of Christ: -20% (2005-2012)
Presbyterian (USA): -22% (2006-2012)
Evangelical Lutheran -12% (2009-2012)
Of course, the declines are likely explained by many other factors;
many, if not all, these denominations were already on a downward
trajectory, as their liberalizing trends didn’t begin with endorsing a
redefinition of marriage.
What’s more, Catholics and others committed to an orthodox
understanding of morality and marriage in particular should not take
comfort too easily. When our Lord walked the earth, people walked away
from him because of things he taught, and in the end, the crowd chanted
“crucify him” instead of “my Lord and my God.” So we should not expect
to be popular when we offer the Lord’s message. But embracing an “evolution” of marriage didn’t help, and almost certainly accelerated the decline.
Diversity which stands for nothing except tolerance, liberalism which abandons truth to the altar of expediency, and morality which becomes everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes has only one outcome -- death by irrelevance! Those in pursuit of the ultimate relevance have made themselves irrelevant by standing for nothing except the freedom to believe or dismiss belief all in the name of being true to self.