"As Christians, we are called to love sinners but not encourage them in their sin. That's exactly what we're doing if we legalize their behavior!"
Hmmmm. If you believe that participating in homosexual acts is a sin, then this makes a lot of sense. I get it. That's cool. With so many people who hold this conservative view, I assumed I could find this line of thinking on many other issues of sin. So, I started looking.
I'm still looking.
I am searching for the petition to stop non-believers from marrying those who believe in and follow the teachings of the Bible. I've been around the Southern Baptist block long enough to know it's a sin to be unequally yoked. So, of course, there must be people actively fighting against, and wanting to make these sorts of marriages illegal. There must be a Facebook group or something. I've just yet to find it. Surely, people are not choosing to keep one sort of sinful marriage illegal, but be completely numb to another. Allowing those in unequally yoked relationships to marry would be completely redefining biblical marriage. Again, I'm sure it's out there. Probably right under my nose.
I'm also digging around to find the groups working adamantly to stop atheists from adopting or serving as foster parents. By allowing these people to parent, America is (in many circumstances) using government funds to allow these children to be raised under their own view of and/or disbelief of God. Wowza. Someone is out there trying to stop this, right? They must be. It would only make sense.
In thinking through this same school of thought (not giving legal standing to sin), I realized years ago that there was another area in which I wasn't able to find a lot of uproar. Again, I'm sure I'm simply not looking hard enough, or need to improve my Googling skills.
If you believe in and follow the teachings of the Holy Bible then you believe gluttony is a sin. And if you also believe that we should not be legalizing sinful behavior then ...
I'm guessing you're totally down with the government cutting you off the next time you go through Starbucks, because you have more than met your daily allowance of calories and fat. We shouldn't just let you, as an adult human being (of sound mind), be able to make your own decisions on what you purchase and what you consume - in public, or behind closed doors. By doing so, we are saying this sin is perfectly acceptable. Again, we have already legalized sin!
There is an outcry, right? Right? Please tell me there are Christians marching in the streets with signs declaring a war on the glamorization of gluttony.
Please, tell me that gluttony is not perfectly acceptable within the walls of most churches. That it is not celebrated and perpetuated around every Wednesday night meal before prayer meetings. Please tell me that there will not be people standing around in their Sunday School classrooms on Easter, declaring the travesty of how many people support equality in marriage, while shoving donuts in their face holes.
Please tell me that when someone starts talking about eating healthier, they will not receive the most negative comments from their church family. It's not those people who will mock their decision to try a vegetarian or vegan diet for the sake of their cholesterol.
But in fact, the healthier I have become over the years, I have received the most negative comments, insults and mockery from those who claim to follow Jesus Christ. I have been ridiculed and even told I'm wrong to eat a plant-based diet.
This line of thinking is disgustingly hypocritical. I can say that because I was that. I've said these things while feeding donuts and soda to children at 9:30 am before teaching them the story of Moses. I have said that Christian homosexuals can only please God by remaining celibate on the same weekend of attending the wedding of a Christian friend's second marriage to a non-Believer. I supported an increase in Christian adoption agencies who would not allow homosexuals or atheists to adopt ... all while filling my body with more food than it needed and using unhealthy things to numb feelings I did not want to face.
I judged. Oh my lands, how I judged.
I faced myself and my beliefs, long and hard. I said to myself, "I can no longer be a hypocrite, but how will that look?" And I didn't stop until I found an answer and peace. It was a terrifying journey, because it forced me to question many things. But I did it. I did it because this is for and about other humans. I didn't just do it for me. I did it for them. I wasn't making any sense, and it was directly affecting their lives.
Over the years, my husband and I have had our theology questioned harshly. His response to someone on Facebook this week was: "For me, this has nothing to do with religion or any kind of theology. For me, this issue is all about equal rights for every person." I completely agree. If it were about legalizing sin, well ... really? Show me where you are trying to make every non-biblical marriage illegal. I have been there, but when I faced it, I changed. I didn't feel like I could be so hypocritical and claim to love all people. It could no longer be reconciled within me.
As does happen, I'm receiving comments across several areas of online communication that suggest I'm saying "two wrongs make a right." I think many people continue to miss my point and my own personal growth. This isn't "two wrongs make a right" kind of thinking.
This was a "Wow! I was WRONG!"
I do not, for one second, think it is wrong or sinful to grant a legal marriage to any two consenting adults of legal age and sound mind. I think that is fair. I think it is right. I think it is good.
How these people view, practice and live out their marriage is completely up to them. I will add this to my post. I do not want anyone else to think that I think this is wrong. I don't. I think marriage equality is AWESOME and beautiful.
I'm going to let U.S. Senator, Diane Savino, finish this one out for me.
"If there's anything wrong, if there's any threat to the sanctity of marriage in America, it comes from those of us who have the privilege and the right. And we have abused it for decades. We have nothing to fear from [same sex couples]. We have nothing to fear from people who are committed to each other, who want to share their lives and protect one another in the event of sickness, illness or death. We have nothing to fear from love and commitment."