Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.People on both sides of the argument are very passionate about their positions. I've seen some good arguments and healthy discussions from both sides. That's a good thing and I respect other people's opinions. However, I am confused when Christians argue that the amendment should be supported, and that same sex marriage should be illegal, because the Bible says homosexuality is wrong or because God intended marriage to be a certain way. As I said, for many people/scholars this is debatable... No matter what you think the Bible says about homosexuality, it can be debated and the other side can be argued because the text and/or the context is not always clear. However, I've never seen or heard a debate on whether or not the Bible says to take care of the poor. Of course it does. Jesus says that pretty clearly and multiple times (he also says nothing about homosexuality). Did God intend for all of us to be Capitalist? However, just try to insinuate that there should be legislation dealing with how people (especially the rich) should spend their money and you will be labeled a communist... even though the bible is clearly against having extra while others have nothing. And what about violence? Jesus is clearly against violence. He speaks out against retributive violence. He says things like, "do not resist an evil person, but instead turn the other cheek." yet most Christians are in favor of self defense laws that protect people who shoot and kill trespassers, the right to carry weapons, and the death penalty. And with this logic, it should definitely be illegal for anyone who is divorced to marry again, for doesn't Jesus say to do so is committing adultery? Doesn't the Bible say that God hates divorce? And yet, I'm sure those who are divorced would feel differently if we were all voting on an amendment about whether or not they should be allowed to get remarried. The point of this post is not to argue what is and isn't a sin or what one believes the bible says about certain things, rather I want to say... Stop using (some of) the Bible to legislate OTHER people.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Stop Using the Bible to Legislate Other People...
Speaking of how we all like to pick and choose... There are about 6-7 texts in the bible (most of which are from the Old Testament) that are used to make a case against same sex relationships, all of which can be, and are, questioned and debated as to whether or not they actually condemn same sex, monogamous, loving relationships. The state in which I live is about to vote on an amendment that reads,