There is a God

I have proof that there is a God and she has a sense of humor.

You have to go no further than that recent news that Mary Cheney is expecting a child. Mary Cheney is the daughter of VP Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne. The VP’s spokeswoman said that Dick and Lynne are excited about the pending arrival of their sixth grandchild. Mary appears to have a good relationship with her parents and worked for her father during his 2004 re-election campaign. Banning gay marriage was one of the important components of that election for the Republican party. Many analysts have attributed Bush’s narrow victory over Kerry to the conservative voter turnout supporting state constitutional amendments to “protect” marriage in swing states like Ohio.

What proves there is a fun-loving God is that Mary Cheney is a lesbian. She and her partner for 15 year, Heather Roe, live in Virginia where Mary works for AOL. Because of the success of her father and his party, Virginia prohibits same sex marriages and civil unions. It is also one of those states where the legal status of adoption by gay couples is unclear. So if something terrible were to happen to Mary during childbirth, Heather Roe would have a much more difficult time asserting her legal rights to raise the child than either the Chaney’s or even the anonymous sperm donor.

From all that I have seen, Dick and Lynne have a close loving relationship with their daughter. To his credit, Dick has been careful not to take a high profile stand in the “sanctity of marriage” debate. For all we know, Dick’s personal opinion on this issue may be very different from the public stance of his party, but his consistent anti-gay voting record in Congress suggests close alignment of public and private views. The same is not true of Mary, who expressed her views in her book, Now It’s My Turn. She said that she felt supporting the party that could best protect the country from terrorism was more important than her opposition to this same party’s social agenda.

What is wonderful about living a God-directed life is that we are given choices every day which lead to greater understanding of ourselves and our Creator. God loves us so much that even when we fail and make a foolish or self serving choice, inevitably we get the chance again to make that same choice until we get it right. Throw in the pain and suffering we cause ourselves when we don’t listen, and sooner or later most will recognize the folly of thinking that we know it all. I can’t claim to know the private lives of the Chaney’s, but it certainly appears from the outside that God is giving Dick another chance to get it right.

“Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.” Job 4:8

“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” Luke 15:32

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