I find it both amusing and pathetic that our Supreme Court saves their most controversial or divisive cases for the last minutes of their current session before going on break. That happened with the decision on ObamaCare (I still think Justice Roberts had a gun to his head), and it happened again this year as the black-robed Justices planned to hightail it out of town for a long summer’s nap.
Lots of stuff was churning inside my cranium. I finally realized that I, and many other conservative Christians, were trying to look at everything through the eyes of our Bibles. Let me explain. I sent a short email to my nephew’s son and his male “mate” of 18 years, saying “I am happy for you and Sean.” Frankly, their commitment has lasted a lot longer than many so-called “normal” marriages. If you want to condemn, that is YOUR problem.
First of all, I do not believe that our government has any business (or Constitutional right) being in the business of marriage. I also feel the same way about a whole lot of other issues the government, at all levels, has stuck it’s unwelcome (and unconstitutional) nose into. Regarding marriage, at least for Christians and Jews, it says “Whom GOD,” not “Whom the government has joined together.”
That being the case, why is the government involved in a church wedding at all? If a couple wants to have a union performed by a justice of the peace, mayor, or captain on a ship, then that might fall under government jurisdiction. But in a church wedding, the government is an unwelcome intruder.
Now, back to trying to evaluate everything with one set of glasses. As a follower of Jesus, I am compelled (or at least try) to love everybody. That does not mean I agree with or condone all of their actions, any more than they should do that for me or anybody else.
As a Christian, I cannot go by what I “feel” or what the current societal mindset tells me I should “feel.” I must go by what my Bible tells me. I also have to ask what Christ would do. I have no doubt that Jesus would have hugged and given a truly holy kiss to a gay couple in His presence and made them feel completely welcome and accepted.
WE, in our mentally perverted, politically correct society cannot grasp a kiss or hug (especially between two people of the same sex or those of the opposite sex who are not “married”) without attaching our own limitations or insinuations. And this is Christianity? God help us. I am not sure that Christ would say “Well done …”
One thing conservatives, whether “Bible thumpers” or not, need to separate in the political arena is the “religious or biblical” from the “legal” (law of the land). When it comes to equal entitlements for governmental or insurance services or coverage, I have concluded that these should be provided for companions. This is not a “gay” or “straight” issue.
The carnal mindset may think of long term “companionship” relationships from a sexual perspective. I think that is a very narrow mindset. I have spent my life as a single person but have had one or two “companionship” relationships along the way – none “live-in or sexual” things (both male and female) — and have shared life with one dog and three cats over the past 44+ years. Those little fuzz balls have always shown more unconditional love, acceptance, and companionship than most of my human contacts in life.
I have been blessed with more genuine lifelong friends (both human and fuzz ball) than many, or most. For that, I am so grateful. Those relationships have simply involved sharing our “total lives” together, both the highs and lows. From my own perspective, viewing this from a simply legal standpoint, if I had already paid taxes on my estate and chose to leave that estate to my friend or companion or lover (whether male or female) – or cat or dog – someone who was always there for me through thick and thin, then why does our greedy government feel it has the right to gouge what I have left to someone who cared enough to share themselves with me and be ever faithful to look out for my best interests?
As I have said many times before (and mean it now more than ever): I love my country, but HATE what our government has become. Yes, I truly HATE our government; for it is no longer a “representative” government but a self-serving conscienceless monster only interested in the next reelection. Most of them love the “power” of their position and do not want to give that (and the many taxpayer benefits) up to actually get a REAL job, for which they would be held accountable.
Sorry folks, but I think we as a nation are screwed. Unless there is Divine intervention (and why should there be?), our “best days” as a nation are behind us. That’s just one guy’s opinion, which you can think about or reject outright.
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