Hi lovely PI’ers!
I want to share with you what I’ve been thinking about in regards to the nationwide ruling legalizing gay marriage.
When someone mentions gay rights, my knee-jerk reaction is to think “No, I don’t support that, homosexuality is sinful.” And it’s true. Marrying and having sex with someone of the same gender is sinful.
But here’s the deal: I believe we shouldn’t deny civil rights to people because they are living in sin.
In the first place, I can’t find anywhere in the Bible that supports doing this. If we deny gay people rights in the name of Christianity, we must also deny rights to people who have divorced without biblical reason (which is about 50% of all marriages), people who have slept together before marriage,…actually, if rights depend on not being sinful, none of us should have any rights at all.
In addition to this, the civil rights that are given to traditional marriage couples aren’t found in the Bible, they are simply part of being an American. These rights include social security, the right to see your partner in intensive care, the right to benefits through your partner’s insurance etc.
Any rights or benefits given to traditional marriage couples by God can’t be had by homosexual couples, because it’s not marriage in God’s eyes. Marriage is a life-long commitment by a man and a woman.
By supporting gay rights, are we encouraging homosexuality? I really don’t see how. People aren’t homosexual based on what rights they receive. People won’t stop struggling with homosexuality based on whether or not they have rights. I think every person deserves equality under the law based solely on the fact that we are human, and no person is better than another.
I was praying about how I should view the SCOTUS ruling, and I came across this verse:
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3
I’m friends with a lady who’s lesbian. She’s far more generous, outgoing, laid-back, and hardworking than I am right now. Nobody is perfect. I can’t judge her for her sin or look down on her when I’m not perfect either.
To be clear, if the situation came up and she asked me if I thought homosexuality was sinful, I would say yes. Just because we sin doesn’t mean we can’t let others know their behavior is sinful if the situation arises. (Galatians 6:1; Luke 17:3; 2 Timothy 4:2) But God’s Holy Spirit would give me a way to say it so that it would be kind and not so hurtful than if I were to just start ranting on say, Facebook or wherever. (Matthew 10:19; Luke 21:15; 1 Peter 3:15)
Ladies, I recommend reading through the New Testament without any previous bias. Ask God to open your eyes to what he wants you to see, and ask Him to help you understand the scripture. I also recommend reading Romans 1:26-2:4.
|July 4, 2015 at 10:14|
I completely agree with this- Except for one thing. I’m okay with gay marriage being legalized, except churches will probably face discrimination charges for not wanting to hold a gay wedding (some see that as celebrating homosexuality), which ain’t okay. Were it not for that factor, I would support gay rights. I wish I could do that… But nonetheless, this post is great. 🙂
(I just said this because I wanted that to be known, and I’m sorry if I offend you, which I probably won’t… I’m insecure about having opinions. Does it show? XD ._.)
|July 14, 2015 at 14:55|
I’m not offended at all! 🙂 Actually, I think I agree with you. In my opinion, a pastor should be able to refuse to officiate a wedding, and refuse to hold it in a church. The reason being because
1) churches are private property held by organizations rather than the government, so the government should not be invading on their rights, even if they feel they are “discriminating”.
2) Pastors should not have to go against their religious beliefs. (Duh lol)
|July 14, 2015 at 15:56|
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