Considering that very soon I may be helping to create a family for a homosexual couple, I feel like I have a right to have an opinion on the issue.
This morning I read a very insightful blog post about a gay man who opposes gay marriage Here's a link. (Warning, it's looooooong). A good friend of mine posted it to Facebook, and Facebook hilarity ensued. I always hate how people can say mean things when hidden behind a faceless computer. But that's another post entirely.
Anyhow... not surprisingly one of the first comments to be made was along the lines of, "The bible says marriage is between one man and one woman." This argument grinds my gears and my teeth.
First of all, what if the couple in question doesn't identify as Christians? Why should THEY be legally bound by YOUR religious beliefs? Would all you Christians like it if law forced you to dress in modest cloth and cover your face as many Muslim faiths require? I think we'd call that a travesty and go to war about it... oh wait...
To me, this isn't an issue of allowing or banning gay marriage. I happen to think it should be allowed. But using God as your moral compass and sole argument for banning it makes about as much constitutional and legal sense as forcing all public school students to pray together every morning. We elect to separate religion and law in this country. Now find a reason to ban it, if you can't call on God to be your bully.
What really fuels my fire to this debate is that people have got the GOD thing all wrong. It is y opinion that these Christians are doing nothing more than hiding behind God to justify their hate.
The bible also says that women should not work. That no one should work on the sabbath. That we shouldn't engage in premarital sex, get piercings or have tattoos. The bible has a lot of rules that a lot of us break. A lot. The bible also does not rate your sin. It's not OK to be a habitual offender of one thing just because everyone else does it.
What I do know is that my God loved ALL. Forgave ALL. And was tolerant to everything. There are far more examples from scripture of THIS than of any opposition to homosexuality. Want proof? Read the good book. Count instances. I've been reading highlighted excerpts all morning online in order to better support my argument. Apart from God sending His son to die for us when we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8)... and that's if you believe hommosexality is a sin (I do not), here's the one verse that rings the most true to me:
Matthew 22:37-39 ESV /
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
So while you may suggest the bible and God as reasons to forbid two men or two women from marriage, you are indeed breaking a higher level of commandment. Using His word to justify your hatred of homosexuality through the presentation of anti-marriage equality is flat out counter productive.
God would love these people you are suggesting we use law to oppress. He would dine with them, forgive them and wash their feet.
Bottom line is, agree with gay marriage or not- your call.
But don't use the ever loving and ever accepting savior of the world as your security blanket.