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Speechless… Well Almost: My Thoughts on Reactions to Proposition 8
November 14, 2008, 2:54 am
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So I’m reading different news articles a few days ago and I ran across an interesting one. In light of Prop 8 passing in California (which bans gay marriage), gay-rights advocates protested in front of a number of California churches, one of which was Saddleback, which gained national attention in August when its pastor, Rick Warren, brought Obama and McCain together to discuss their religious faith.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The pastor of the 4,000-member All Saints Church in Pasadena spoke out against Proposition 8, calling the religious community’s support of it “embarrassing.”

The church announced that while it could no longer legally marry same-sex couples, it would continue blessing gay civil unions.

“It’s very unfortunate and embarrassing that the (Christian religion) is in large part responsible for this act of bigotry,” the Rev. Ed Bacon said after his sermon.

Now, first of all, the fact that a PASTOR is viewing the passage of this law as an “act of bigotry” is absolutely amazing. And that he would say that for the religious community to support it is “Embarrassing”? Really? So if I made a decision to live a life that God would not approve of and you tell me so, that’s embarrassing? If standing up and loving what God loves, and hating what God hates is embarrassing then you just may need to reevaluate what’s really going on in your life.

I think Christians sometimes have the problem of separating the sin and the sinner. And THAT is embarrassing. We have to understand, as hard as it may be, that sin is sin. Period. No sin is greater than any other sin. That would include homosexuality. Would you look at someone who tells a lie, or maybe cheats on their taxes, or even someone who fornicates, the same way you look at someone who’s struggling or even engaging in homosexuality? You’re answer may be no, but for the vast majority of Christians, if we were TRULY honest with ourselves, we’d say yes. We might not tell anyone, but that’s what we’d think in our heart.

But that’s not the ONLY interesting thing in the article… Further down we read this:

Speaking on CNN’s “Late Edition” Sunday, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed disappointment at Proposition 8’s passage.

“It is unfortunate,” Schwarzenegger said. “But it is not the end because I think this will go back into the courts. … It’s the same as in the 1948 case when blacks and whites were not allowed to marry. This falls into the same category.”

Wait… Did I hear that right? Homosexuality is the same as marrying someone outside your race? ARE YOU SERIOUS? The sheer thought that for me to marry someone who’s skin tone is different than mine is the same thing as marrying someone who has the same equipment as me is mind blowing.

I’ve heard it said that, in order to know if a certain decision or lifestyle is wise, you have to lay it across an entire generation. Take that principle for homosexuality. There wouldn’t be a generation after it because there’d be no reproduction. You can’t reproduce with a person that has the same thing you do. See how God understood that by creating Eve and not Steve.

Let’s use the same principle, but with interracial marriage. What would there repercussions be? Would there be any besides more multi-ethnic children? Not that I can see.

As the church, we must love people where they are currently, but we must love them enough to help them to NOT stay there. We must be the church; a place for hurting, broken, wounded, and IMPERFECT people. Jesus said he did not come for the healthy, but for the sick, who need a doctor. As Christians we cannot be scared or squeamish when we interact with sick or hurting people. We must take them to the “doctor” who can fix and heal any and everything!

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