I guess I could have come up with a better title, huh? My titles be LACKIN lately. But hey. Anyways!
Today, the Supreme Court ruled the gay marriage is legal in all 50 states in the United States of America. The reaction from everybody shocks me a little bit. Please keep in mind, readers, that this is simply a blog, and these are simply my opinions. Since people are entitled to their opinions, you are entitled to agree, or not agree with me. Either way, I don't see why all of this is being done in such hostile manner.
First, I want to address the Christians:
I have seen a good number of Christians who have handled this SCOTUS decision with love, and with maturity. I have also seen a handful who are claiming that this marks the end of the world, and are lashing out at homosexual couples with hate. Jesus did not call us to hate. He called us to love. He called us to love our brother. I don't get why this decision on gay marriage suddenly flips some switch. The God of the Bible is a constant God, and the God of the Bible is unchanging. Yes, the God of the Bible does not condone homosexuality. But the God of the Bible, regardless of what someone does, loves us, ALL. Regardless. We as Christians may not be called to encourage it or promote it, but I believe that it is no one's place to try and ban it. A man wanting to marry another man does not affect my relationship with God. A woman wanting to marry another woman does not affect my relationship with God.
-Point #1: Practicing What We Preach/Setting Examples
There are some Christians, stating that gay marriage is wrong, and stating that by allowing gay marriage, our country has fallen into this irreversible downward spiral. I have heard and seen Christians attack homosexuals ruthlessly, saying that they are sinning, and that the promotion of sin is bad. HOW can we as Christians say anything like this, when there is an overflow of hypocrisy in the religion itself. People have lashed back at Christians saying, "Well, doesn't the Bible say that getting drunk is wrong?" "Well, doesn't the Bible say that cussing, or having a fowl mouth is not promoting the spirit of Jesus?" "Well, doesn't the Bible say that having pre-marital sex is wrong?" And Christians are stuck with the response of "Uh.." Our religion is so quick to judge the "hot-topic" sins, but the "every-day-ones" are just small, tiny sins? A sin, is a sin. If we want to even begin to call out a sin, we cannot be so hypocritical, and be blind to the plank in our own eye. We cannot just pick and choose from the Word of God. If we believe it is a sin, then we can't put them on levels of "You're going to hell" to "Eh, I'm in my 20s. Yolo."
If you want to take back your religion, and begin to defend what you believe, at least embody it. Don't pick and choose. I, am not exempt. I need to embody it too. In no way am I "perfect," by any means. My goal, though, is to try and live the Christian life that is extensively and beautifully drawn out for us in Ephesians and Philippians. I sin. Everyday. But I strive to make myself better every day, and try and cut out things that would lead me away.
-Point #2 - Complacency
Another big topic that has risen since the legalization of gay marriage is the topic of complacency, or compromise. We as Christians know that God would rather a person worship the devil, than have them be a lukewarm Christian. Lukewarm, meaning, accepting this and this, but rejecting that other part of His word, or meaning that you're kind of accepting God. In short, He tells us that you are either for Him, or against Him. That being said, a big debate has grown, within the Christian community, saying that Christians should not be just shrugging off the legalization of gay marriage. That they should be up and arms, that they should speak out, and that they should not be okay with it. I disagree. I believe that a Christian can be alright with a man marrying another man, without judgment, and without hate, while still holding to his belief of the Bible. I might get some backlash from my Christian friends by saying this next point, but there is separation of church and state for a reason. To this, someone may say, "Wow. That's arrogant. Are you really saying that our God has no place in the government?" I'm not saying that God has no place in our government. Personally, I believe that following Biblical laws, as opposed to the laws of the land, would be better. But, in a secular country, where there is a countless number or religions, church should be separate from the state. It isn't our place to make marriage between a man and a woman in all the land, just because we believe it. Does a Supreme Court ruling change what the Bible says? No, it doesn't. The Bible has, does, and will always keep constant with it's Truth, and that Truth is spread by the spreading of the gospel. I don't believe that truth should be spread through the oppression of specific orientations just because we as Christians believe something different. In short, I don't think that it should have had to come to "being for" or "against" gay marriage. If you don't agree with it, then don't promote it. Nobody is saying that you have to cheer or advocate it. Suppressing it though, and making it illegal, might just come off as us imposing our views on a community that may believe something different.
-Point #3 (And Probably the Most Important): Homosexuals Going to Hell
The Bible states that there is only one way to Heaven, and one way to God's heart. Through Jesus Christ. When we believe that he died for our sins, we are saved. Romans 10:10 reads: "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Not through the things we do. Not through who we love. Not through anything else. Only through Jesus.
To Those Who Are Attacking Christians:
Not all Christians are the same, so please stop generalizing us. If we are sending hate comments, and spreading hypocrisy, for that, I am truly sorry. There really should be nothing but love. I have though, seen some people attack Christians for their fundamental beliefs. That, is so wrong. If a Christian is calling you a sinner, and attacking you, then that is different. If you though, are going out of your way to tell a Christian that "their view is full of bigotry and intolerance," nobody gave you the right to attack somebody because of what they believe. If they are just living their life, and holding to their beliefs, there's no need for hate. What I'm advocating here, is no hate from Christians to you, because we are supposed to spread love, and respect everyone. I'm also advocating no hate from you, because, as you have experienced first-hand, it really sucks when you're attacked for a cause or belief that you believe full heartedly. Sorry if you find our Bible hateful. Don't attack us because we believe what we believe.
We all. Need. to. Love. One. Another. Christians, you don't have to agree with homosexuality. But don't judge, or hate, or treat anyone any differently. People who are attacking Christians, you don't have to agree with the Word. But don't attack us for what we hold to as our Truth.