- Matthew 6:15
- Matthew 7:1-6:
- Matthew 25:31-46
The Christian God calls upon His followers to love their fellow man, to help those in need, to have compassion.
And writers such as the man above, seems to have missed the point of Jesus’ teachings. I’m not even going to counter his words and thoughts toward those believes are “unbeliever liberals,” because he claims to discount their thoughts. More telling though, is is his attitude to his supposed “fellow Christians” who he feels have missed the boat on “gay marriage.”
But even there, his arguments hold no water.
A small part of this is his ignorance of history, including the history he believes is written in the Bible. To him, marriage is a monolithic institution of one man/one woman that has stood throughout the life of the Earth. Yet even in his own Bible, there are assorted different “holy men” who had more than one wife. Jacob (who was renamed Israel, and sired 12 sons), had Rachel and her sister Leah, as well as both of their handmaidens. Abraham had only the one wife, but had a child with her slave Hagar. Solomon had 700 wives, and 300 concubines, and his main sin was turning away from God to his wives’ gods.
Even outside of the Bible, there are a huge number of countries that even now practice multiple different types of marriage. So, no, marriage as a one man/one woman institution has not been the “only path for marriage.”
One of his other arguments is that marriage is to sanctify procreation. But, he still supports the marriages of those who are infertile, as long as the couple are man/woman.
Another argument is that not only will those of us who are non-monogamous want our relationships approved by the government, so will those who commit bestiality, who molest children, or who commit incest. He is openly contemptuous about the idea that those of us who are sex positive insist on adult, responsible consent.
I wonder if he knows that most of those individuals who commit many of those crimes justify their actions as being the “head of the household” whose words are considered law? Supposedly Christian men who take the “rights” of the head of the household, and forget the responsibilities that come along with them requiring him to do everything for the good of his family.
But the main thrust of his argument is that America is (and has in the past) been the kingdom of God on Earth. Sadly, even when one is a firm believer in Christianity, there is no where that America can be said to be the living kingdom of God.
While I fully understand that Christians, by order of their God, must point out what is sin and what is not, they have been also ordered by that same God to be IN the world, but not OF the world. All of these uber-conservative, religious fanatics are instead trying to be OF the world. They want political power to impose their view of the world on the world. They are doing exactly what they claim unbelievers are doing.
Look, I don’t want to be in charge of YOUR moral choices. I have enough of my own moral choices to deal with. And I would fight JUST as hard against anyone who attempted to claim that a minister MUST condone and officiate at a situation that is counter to his own conscience. As a minister myself, I stand firm in my own conscience, and will not officiate at a funeral for a devout Christian (as I am not Christian) nor will I officiate at a wedding where the people getting married are doing something that offends my conscience. As I stated before on this blog, the SAME defense that allowed for SCOTUS to make this opinion would support ANY minister who refused to officiate at a gay wedding.
I know ministers who refuse to officiate at a wedding involving one or the other (or both) previously divorced. It is counter to their conscience. And I support their right to refuse to do so.
I even support the right of businesses to choose who they are willing to serve with their products. Why? Because I believe that if their business fails because of their own choices, it is simply the consequences of that choice. It’s no different than someone only choosing to have their business open 4 hours a week. Limiting their audience is it’s own punishment.
LOVE is what makes a marriage sacred. Not children. Not religion. Not gender.