At the expense of being asked to step out of leadership at my church, or who knows what else, I’m going to voice my opinion on the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. I want to say that it “amazes me” how close-minded people are, but that would not be true because I don’t find that amazing. What amazes me are the brave and bold people who have the courage to come forth and openly express their love for another, in spite of society’s approval, or lack thereof. You see, I am overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s ruling. I celebrate this decision, and I do this with the full knowledge and conviction of being a Christian woman of God.
Now most people say, “How can that be?” They think, “You can not be a person who claims to live by God’s Word and believe such a thing!” But it’s true. I do love God, I am a Christian, and yes, I am in favor of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
You see, God only knows (pun intended) how many sermons I’ve listened to on Jesus, his life, and his ministry, and what I find at the end of every lesson he taught and every encounter he had with others, was one thing and one thing only: LOVE. As a matter of fact, it was only those who thought they were so well versed in laws and scriptures that he openly rebuked because they, like many modern day scholars, miss the one crucial element and his one central teaching: LOVE.
I’m no bible scholar, and I’m certainly not a person who knows all about the judicial system, but I do have some basic common thinking skills, which is really all the same-sex marriage topic, or any other issue requires. Why? Because by giving gay people the right to marry whomever they choose, we have done nothing but given them equal rights. This is not about one’s morality and beliefs, this is about equality. No one has to agree with a gay person’s lifestyle, no more than a gay person has to agree with someone else’s choices, be it their drinking, eating, gambling, sexual preference, etc. We don’t have to agree with any of the personal choices that people make, but we must at least grant all people equal access to rights and privileges because when we draw the line for one group of people, we draw the line for all groups of people.
The argument against same sex marriage is as antiquated and outdated as those who argued against desegregation. I hear the same vitriolic remnants and reminders of hatred come spilling out when we talk about “those people” and they can be whoever you fill in the blank to include.
What I do find amazing is the simplicity of all of this. Christians who are against same sex marriage use bible verse–the holy inspired Word of God–to support their notions against same-sex marriage. But no one is adamantly preaching against gluttony when the world, not just the US, not just one race, class, or culture, but the entire world is suffering from a global pandemic of obesity. And what is the Christian church talking about? Gay marriage. Now that to me is amazing.
I wonder what it would be like to live in a world that encouraged people to live to their highest God given potential with no limits and no boundaries like we sing about in our Christian churches. What if we really stretched forth and broke out of our old confining beliefs that don’t show anything about God’s real love that is truly encompassing for all people, regardless of race, creed, color, or sexual orientation.
I know I don’t have the power to change the world, but I do know that change begins with me, and then my household. I saw that one of my daughters posted that she was glad about the Supreme Court’s ruling, and I was glad that she was brave and courageous enough to say that. Many of us live behind the fear of what others will think or say, haunted by wondering what would happen if people knew the truth about who we really are on the inside. I know I have. But I have decided that today is a new day for me. I don’t want to hide behind the approval of others while I myself waste away because I have limited myself to express love because I don’t want to be rejected by others. With feelings like these how can I not relate to gay people, or any people for that matter, who have been afraid simply to be themselves?
And that’s just it. We are more alike than we are different, but we must be willing to acknowledge our humanness to one another.
I may not be gay but I know what it feels like to be afraid to be who I am. I know what it feels like not to be comfortable with the skin I’m in. And I know what it feels like to be denied rights just because of what I look like. No one likes this. No one deserves this. Everyone deserves equal rights. And I am glad that I am living on the planet at a time to see the first African American president of the United States rule for not one but two terms, and I thank God I live in a country that allows me the freedom and right to express my belief openly and unashamedly, that I am a Christian and I support the same-sex marriage ruling,
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