I have many gay and lesbian friends and I have been privately celebrating a wonderful victory for them over the past couple weeks. Let me also say that I am a Christian. My opinion and my faith go hand in hand. I think that my faith has brought me to an understanding that God is love. God loves each and every one of us sinners. God has taught me that his two most important commandments are to love him and to love my neighbor. Nowhere and at no time have I thought the teachings of Christ tell me to condemn those that don't believe as I do or to shun or belittle others. It is not my place to judge because who am I to judge? I am far too flawed for that. I am here, on this earth, to try to be a projection of God's love for ALL his children. And aren't we taught that God loves each and every one of us regardless of our sin? There is always a way to heaven and each one of us has to walk our own journey to the pearly gates.
After the news from last week's SCOTUS ruling I'm nothing short of appalled by all the negativity surrounding the legalization of gay marriage. I'm not appalled that people have opinions (that would be the pot calling the kettle black), I'm just so perplexed by what I'm perceiving as close mindedness. I expect churches to stand by their doctrine but I do expect church-going individuals to at least consider everyone before they so poignantly vocalize their opinions for all. How do you expect to lead anyone to Christ if you are "cyber" shouting from your corner of Facebook that the way they live their life is an abomination? I seem to be recall an old saying about catching more bees with honey... I feel like so many Christians are behaving in the same manner as the Pharisees in Christ's time. They stand preaching their beliefs with little effort to actually turn the hearts of their neighbors toward Christ through a loving and caring spirit of compassion.
I also question why so many believe that it is the duty of their country to defend only THIER beliefs? My church certainly does not celebrate the same belief system as my country but honestly when has my church and my country ever been 100% in sync? And geez, I sure am glad that my church and my country are two separate entities. Even Christ made the distinction between church and state pretty clear in Mark 12:17, "And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's...." It should NEVER be the expectation that one group of people or their beliefs take priority within our legal system. If that were the case I challenge all you Christians to think about how you'd feel if suddenly the ideals and teachings of the Muslim faith became the premise of our judicial system. We live in the land of the free and with that freedom we are afforded the very unique opportunity to practice the faith of our choice without the imposition of our government.
I know that there are certainly many arguments for opinions on both sides of the gay marriage issue but after much thought and prayer I can't help but say congratulations to all American's for the awesome ability to marry the one you love, regardless of your religion, sexual orientation or color of your skin. I think an undiscriminating government is advantageous to all its citizens.
How do you feel about the recent legalization of gay marriage?