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Rainbows for Everyone

Have you heard the news? The Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional to prohibit gay marriage, which means that in all of the United States, in every single state, it is absolutely legal for two gay people to be married.

What excellent news! 

However, as a Jesus-loving Christian, I think I may be in the evangelical minority, and perhaps this blog itself will garner a lot of hate and shade from my own social circles owing to my liberal stance. While I understand and agree with the biblical arguments against homosexuality as a sin and marriage as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (to mirror the covenant relationship between God and His people), I honestly do not see the outrage that so many of my fellow believers are experiencing.

Because... pluralism is a virtue that not only protects those who don't believe in Jesus, but those who do, as well.

Because... the United States has long ceased to be a Bible-loving, Jesus-following, God-fearing nation, so why should the principles and precepts of a faith that is not shared by the nation be imposed on those with no such belief system?

Because... the Church has no business being in politics any more than the government should have any business being in our faith. Have we not learned yet, in the thousands of years preceding Jesus and the 2000+ since His resurrection, that faith and government simply don't mix? Even King David, who was credited with being a man after God's own heart, committed adultery and murder. The wisest king to have ruled, King Solomon, was a polygamist and adulterer. It's therefore simply foolishness to believe that any person in power, regardless of their level of "Christian" faith, could consistently act in a manner that would please God and please man. The truth is that most political leaders will desire to please man (in order to stay in office, in order to keep the peace between populations of people in the country who have vastly different worldviews) rather than please God. Even those that might wish to adhere doggedly to Biblical principle will find themselves either becoming tyrants or legalists as they rule over a people who simply don't have a longing for Jesus. Let's save our righteous indignation for those in our churches who profess Jesus and yet sin, rather than those who have no affiliation with Him.

And finally, because... God doesn't judge one sin more sinful than another, for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, including homosexuals and heterosexuals and asexuals and transsexuals. Why should one sin be tolerated and another condemned, when the reality is that we live in a culture that no longer condemns many grievous sins? I am talking about sins of favoritism shown to white people and the discrimination shown to those of colour. I'm referring to pornography and tax evasion and adultery and disrespecting the POTUS that God has allowed to sit in office for the past 8 years. I'm talking about lying and lusting and coveting what our neighbors have. If those who commit the sin of homosexuality should not legally marry, then neither should those who have had sex outside of marriage, or those who look at porn.

So, how then should we respond? Might I suggest this from Mark 12?
28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
And when we rage about the destruction of the sanctity of marriage, might we first turn our outrage and our energy towards those who profess to love Jesus, who sit in our pews, and whose actions are equally grievous to the Holy One who created marriage to begin with? Let's hold our evangelical brothers and sisters accountable first, and then maybe - just maybe - when our own populations actually begin to demonstrate in action how we Jesus-loving folk actually honour the covenant of marriage as a sacred institution - then we will be able to comment critically about the rest of the nation's stance on marriage.

Until that day comes, I will be celebrating with my LGBT neighbours the upholding of everyone's freedom to choose.


Comments

Kent Kresier said…
When Jesus stopped the stoning of the adulterous woman with the message to the crowd "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone" he went on to forgive the adulterous woman. His final words to her were "go and sin no more". He didn't say, "since this nation doesn't really hold to biblical moral standards, you just keep on committing adultery and I'll look the other way...or... "After all, since everyone else is sinning lets just stretch our moral rubber band to what ever bent you feel like doing". No, he said go and sin no more. And he is saying that to all of us too. It's fine and dandy to look in the mirror as Christians and realize, yes, we are not perfect and we all have our own junk in our lives ( as this is always the argument of the gay movement against us). But to throw away the sanctity of marriage that has been honoured for millennia under the premise that America isn't a Christian nation anymore so let's just give in to our lusts. It sounds like you want to reap all the benefits of being founded as a Christian nation, (universities, hospitals, literacy and countless other Christian brain child's) and when it no longer suits our purposes, let's trash the very entity that got us here. God calls his children to be salt and light. Light exposes the darkness and salt preserves. That's a far cry from condoning sin. There isn't a judge/magistrate in the world who hasn't broken the law at one time in their life. Does that mean they can't ever do their jobs and preside over cases because they aren't perfect either? Ridiculous! This acceptance of gay marriage is a dangerous path for a professing Christian to condone. Yes there are all kinds of sinners in the pews of a church. But guess what, that's why there are churches. As Jesus said, a doctor doesn't come to heal the healthy, they come to heal the sick. If you're expecting perfection in any church, you'll be waiting a lifetime. If there's people in it then it won't be perfect. But there's no better place for adulteres and tax cheats and pornographers to be in than to be in church. If anyone needs it it's them. But by the same logic, you don't see adulterers and tax cheats and pornographers getting a parade down the middle of the street to celebrate their debauchery either do you?
Mrs. Loquacious said…
I don't believe that Christians have "given in to our lusts" by condoning same-sex marriage in a court of law any more than I believe that protecting religious freedoms in the Constitution equates to celebrating Satanism as a worldview. The error lies in assuming that covenant marriage as entered into by two people of faith must always be the same as legal marriage entered into by people before the courts. If one wanted to argue for the sanctity of a legal marital agreement, then the cause was lost a long time ago; people have been marrying for citizenship and green cards, or legally counted as married simply from being in common-law "out of wedlock" relationships, for decades and centuries.

Biblical marriage stands as sacred today as it was 2000 years ago, for those who observe it as covenant. But for those who don't, the protection of their rights in the eyes of the law should be viewed as a relief, because the same court that gives them the freedom to marry may very well be the courts that will maintain believers' freedom to homeschool their children (the argument being that schooling is a legal mandate, and children must therefore attend school, the "Christian" institution that so many Christians now opt out of).

It is in fact quite ridiculous to deny legal marital status to same-sex couples when, for centuries, the same rights have already been extended legally to everyone else under the bloody sun (including but not limited to polygamists, adulterers, Satanists and Wiccans, ISIS-loving extremists, and white supremacists). If indeed homosexuality is such a grievous sin as to exclude same-sex folks from having legal marital rights, then perhaps there should also be calls to ban other religions (which people do choose to believe in, sinful though they may be from the standpoint of not having other gods before God) from the right to having legal marriages. And why stop there? Maybe people who choose to swear (go and sin no more? They keep doing it!) or watch porn should also be denied marriage rights! They are sinning willfully and they really do choose that lifestyle of potty mouths and perverse online viewing. I'm sure you see my point.

I hope that, as I walk with Jesus, that I can be salt and light in my world. However, too much salt no longer preserves, but poisons. Too much light is incendiary. I will be in the world but not of it, because I am already cognizant of the fact that my world does not share my faith, just as the Egyptians and Romans had no interest in the Israelites' faith. Can I still carry out the great commission? Absolutely. We are called to be messengers of the gospel and hands and feet to serve. But as for changing hearts? That's God's work! (And so it is with you also - may He be the one to change yours, since I know I won't)! 😉

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