Our country allows things I don’t believe is right. It allows abortion as a form of birth control. Since I believe that the God I worship is the One True God and that He knew me in my mother’s womb and had plans for me before the world began, I can’t possibly condone abortion as a form of birth control. I am ashamed that I do little about it and I pray God is merciful toward me. I have the right to disagree with abortion and that does not mean that I hate people who have had an abortion. If anyone reading this or anyone I know has had an abortion I will not treat you/them differently, I do not hate you/them, and I believe that you/they can still go to be with God (and your/their aborted baby) in heaven thanks to the sacrificial blood of Jesus. Right or wrong, that’s what I believe. As it now stands in our country, I am entitled to this opinion and legally permitted to speak out against abortion if I so choose.
I also believe that our world and everything and everyone in it was created by the One True God I worship. And I believe He made man and woman for each other. I believe that is God’s plan. I do not believe that God intended for men to be married to men or women to be married to women. I believe our desires often go against God’s will. Do not take that as a statement that I hate people who disagree or those who are in a relationship with someone of the same gender. I just disagree with them. I believe there will be people who are in same sex relationships who go to heaven thanks to the sacrificial blood of Jesus. It’s no different than overweight preachers who practice gluttony going to heaven thanks to the sacrificial blood of Jesus. We’re all sinners who will make it to heaven through the sacrificial blood of Jesus. As it now stands in our country, I am entitled to this opinion and legally permitted to speak out against same sex marriage (and overweight preachers who practice gluttony) if I so choose.
I predict it won’t be long until our country permits same sex marriage. The law will change to allow it. I won’t bemoan it as the downfall of our society. I also will not dance in the streets. My belief will not change. My theology, or understanding of God, does not change with the changing laws of our country. I’m not worried about our government changing the law and allowing gay marriage. However, I am worried about our government forcing me to condone it and perform the marriage ceremony. I am worried about being labeled a bigot and homophobe just because I don’t agree. And I am worried about a blog like this one day being considered hate speech.
Sometimes Christians get over-zealous about what is wrong and what is right when we should be seeking truth. I agree with you Scott.
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Federal courts struck down laws that banned same sex marriage in 11 states, including my home state of WV. The US Supreme Court just decided not to take up the cases, thereby allowing the lower court rulings to stand. The next step will be to force pastors to perform ceremonies for same sex couples or to be prosecuted for refusing to do so, which brings to mind this blog from a year and a half ago: