I Shall Not Be Moved

21 07 2006

I crossposted my piece, The Danger of Homosexual Marriage over at The Wide Awakes and the post has a combined total of 42 comments(at post time), some of course, my own. I chose to dedicate this post to your mainstream and mythical beliefs that homosexual marriage is ok. Comments are italicized and may be edited for clarity. My Christian worldview response below each one.

The dumbest alleged argument against it is that homosexual marriage will “destroy” or be a “danger” or “threatens” the “state” marriage for heterosexuals. With the rates of divorce & abandonment currently happening in heterosexuals marriages today, heterosexuals are doing quite a good job on their own in endangering/threatening & destroying the state of marriage & I don’t see how letting homosexuals marry can do any more harm than is already happening.

All people are sinful and there is no excuse for the failures of heterosexual marriage. But people will be selfish naturally. And most divorces are the result of selfish actions. This goes both ways. In their study of the sexual profiles of 2,583 older homosexuals published in Journal of Sex Research, Paul Van de Ven et al., found that only 2.7 percent claimed to have had sex with one partner only. The most common response, given by 21.6 percent of the respondents, was of having a hundred-one to five hundred lifetime sex partners.[10]

Homosexuals will continue to gain acceptance in this country despite the efforts of homophobic people like you and regardless of the goodwill of people like me. American society will become more and more tolerant because individuals will grow more tolerant over time.

While I disagree that people will become more tolerant of homosexuality, I do realize that some will continue to have homosexual relationships. But homosexual marriage is in fact crossing the line. Marriage holds a moral value in our society. All aruguments about “rights” and “discriminiation” are null. They are not related to moral values. God designed marriage for one man and one woman. It’s a moral cornerstone of any civilized society. While it has its faults because people are involved and all people are sinners, it needs no defense. It’s not on trial. Homosexual marriage is. It’s not natural and certainly was not in place when God created Adam and Eve.

Next is the juicy argument when Bible verses are taken out of context, to make people who take a stand, appear hateful.

So, since we’re quoting the Bible, let’s throw regurgitate some scripture.
Matt 7:1: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:36: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Matt 5:43-44: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matt 19:19: “Honor your father and mother,and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matt 22:37-40: “Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.””
Luke 6:27: “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.” John 13:34: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
John 4:20 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”

You can’t just go to the Bible and find some verses and list them. This is called “taking it out of context.” But for your pleasure, I’ll just go one by one:

Matt 7:1. Matthew is saying not to judge to condemn or to damn another person. God loves all people. I am not condemning homosexuals. I hate the “sin” and love the “sinner.” Which nullifies the last one, John 4:20, as well.

Onward, shall we?

Luke 6:31, 36, 46. In verse 35 Luke says we should love our enemies. In other words, love those who hate us. Most homosexuals hate Christians. Again, I only hate the sin. After all, Luke 6:45 says, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” In other words, we will know where they stand by the fruit of their lives. No judgment necessary.

Matt 5:43-44, Matt 19:19. Already do. Matt 22:37-40. Ditto. Any idea what is going on here. Let me show you. A man tries to trick Jesus and ask Him which of the (Ten) Commandments is the greatest. Jesus replies with Love the Lord your God with all your heart…Then Jesus says the second is to love your neighbor…What he says next is crucial: On these hang all the law. In other words, if you keep these two, you will keep all the law. I already do. And if homosexuals would truly love God, as commanded, then they would not want to commit sin against Him. Truth is, they would rather love a person than God. And that is called idolatry.

Luke 6:27. I am. I pray that they will realize their sin, repent, and ask God to forgive them. But in the meantime, I cannot sit idle and allow a small minority and some extremist judges to overrun a country while the moral majority is opposed to altering a major cornerstone in our society.

John 13:34. Here Jesus is talking to his disciples just before he is arrested. His mind is overcome with emotion. The disciples don’t know why. He is exorting them to serve others and lead His flock as He did while on earth. Again, you’ve taken this verse out of context.

And allowing gay people to marry would expose the hypocrisy of those who claim that discriminating against homosexuals and denying them a chance at lifelong happiness is somehow “God’s will”.

AND

How will one gay union affect you or your marriage? You directly?

This one is more difficult to understand for some people and I do not know why. Someone doing something in this country that you believe to be wrong need not effect you, directly, right away, for you to take action against them. However, if you allow said action to occur and it becomes legal, it could very well effect you and your beliefs in an adverse way.

I really don’t know how else to say this: God says homosexuality, and certainly homosexual marriage, is wrong. I believe it. I don’t try and twist scripture so it reads the way I want it. In context, God speaks against homosexual marriage: Matthew 19:4-6: “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

So you see folks, I am opposed to homosexual marriage because the Bible speaks against it and I will not be moved by Bible verses taken out of context nor the casual “What harm could it do?” notion.

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