Today, 1.28.14, Indiana passed a bill to ban gay marriage throughout the state. For many, it’s a huge win for those in the fight to keep marriage pure. For others, it brings about sadness, astonishment, and even anger.
Talking it over with a few people tonight, these thoughts keep turning in my head.
As a Christian we are taught to view marriage as being between one man AND one woman. It is said at least five times in the bible. At least in the New American Standard search.
That is what I believe. I believe this because I believe that Scripture is God breathed, and the truth. I have made this choice to believe this to be true.
Do I agree with the life style that that a homosexual chooses to partake in? No, I don’t.
Do I feel that it’s my place to tell them if they can or cannot spend the rest of their life with the person they believe to be their soulmate? No, I don’t.
Do I believe that the biggest reason people have a hard time with this concept is because the word marriage is used? Yes, I do.
So, you may be asking, where do I stand then:
I believe in being love to the world. The saved and the unsaved. Unconditional, non-judgmental, sacrificial love. The very same love Jesus showed.
We don’t often shun others who have chosen a lifestyle contrary to our beliefs quite the way we shun the homosexuals.
For me, this means looking beyond the lifestyle choices that go against my beliefs. It means being that Christ follower-maybe the only one- that sees them as an individual and not as the enemy.
For me, this means serving them. The same way I serve my loved ones. Or maybe serving them more/better. Christ came and set the ultimate example of this. He didn’t focus on saving the already saved. No, His life’s work was (besides to save the entire world) was to give us a tangible example of how to be love to the world.
Much of this boils down to us willingly setting aside our predetermined opinions and becoming the least of these to those that need it most. In this case, I believe that the least of these includes homosexual couples.
It is not our job to judge, ostracize, or exclude anyone, for any reason. It is our job to love them.
*Disclaimer: this is not to start a debate on right or wrong. This is just one persons thoughts that were ignited by an event in today’s society. Please keep any and all discussion respectful.