Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday is "Domestic" Day.

Domestic: governmental; political

Some of you may know that my undergrad major was political science, but I'm sure the vast majority of you don't know that I geared my courses toward domestic policy. While some people have a passion for the world outside of the US, that's not me. I've always had a passion for our great country. Becoming an attorney is part of what I believe is God's path for my life.

That being said, yesterday's vote in North Carolina has this Southern Baptist Moderate Democrat reeling.

(Pick your jaw up off the floor. Southern Baptists can be Democrats too.)

(Also, Southern Baptists from Oklahoma AKA "the reddest state" in the US can be Democrats too!) 

 When you think about this issue, you can't help but consider the spiritual along with the political.

Politically speaking, on policy only, of course, I think this Amendment 1 is crap. I know that's not very eloquent of me, but there it is. I am sitting here watching an episode of Private Practice and a patient is  dying. His dad from whom he is estranged, shows up and demands to put his son on life support. His partner knows that is not what he wants. Unfortunately, because he has no advance directive making his partner his proxy, his dad gets to call the shots. I don't think this should be an option.

Further, I have no problem with civil unions because I think that would grant the rights necessary to avoid these very situations from happening. Of course, states like North Carolina, voted otherwise.

But...

I get tripped up on the word "marriage" because I believe there is a difference between a union and a marriage. A union is sponsored by the state. A marriage is a sacred union (a holy sacrament, if you will)  between a man and a woman as the Bible says. I think that when the preacher says at the end of a wedding, "And now by the power invested in me, by God and by the State of Oklahoma..." there is a breakdown in the union and the marriage. I think they're separate. I hope you followed that. So for me personally, I struggle with the word marriage, but if that is the word that is the chosen vernacular, then I think I can make my peace with it.

And thennnnnn....

I consider the spiritual aspect of things.

I believe that the Bible is very clear on homosexuality. I believe that it is a sin and I don't believe that makes me a bigot for thinking so either. I also happen to believe that having malice in your heart towards someone and openly hating someone for being different is a sin as well. There is no difference in the two, because Jesus Christ died for both.

I think that this issue won't be left up to me or to anyone else at the end of the day. I think that God is the ultimate Judge. So spending our time arguing over whether homosexuality is a choice or a lifestyle is completely pointless. We all have our views anyway.

And the Great Commission that we were given as Christians was not about pointing out each other's flaws.

 "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”-Matthew 28:18-20

So the question becomes, how do I reconcile my beliefs?

Happy Wednesday.

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3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I think you have already reconciled it. You may not agree with their choice and it's not a choice you would make but it's not up to you to judge them or punish them. That is up to God when they get to the pearly gates, just as we will be held accountable for our actions on earth.
On another note, I just found your blog yesterday. I added it to my Google Reader but it shows the latest entry as 4/24 and did not update this newest post. Any thoughts?? I don't have a blog of my own, so I have no clue.

Kay said...

I love this! You seriously summed up my thoughts exactly. Thanks for this! All the hate both ways is really frustrating and disheartening..

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Love this. And well said. I know what I believe based on my religion, but I will not judge anyone. Not my place. I just want the government out of everyone's business. Not their place. So that's that.

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