This week has brought about much turmoil in the lives of some, and much excitement for others. The Unites States Supreme Court ruled last Friday in a ruling of 5-4, same-sex couples would be provided protection under the U.S. Constitution, and the right to wed in this country.
So many people have since then, become completely independent in their thinking. By independent, I mean they have constructed a boundary between family and friends, and then some. Facebook is filled with people “unfriending” those who make religious stands against those who find themselves standing against the new “law of the land!” Others are simply dissolving friendships between those who disagree with their willingness to take the step of professing their love with a ring and a pen.
I took the time to read through some of the posts, and it really made me wonder, are any of these people concerned about the Supreme Court Ruling, worried about the heightened terror alert for the country, or any activity that could affect the state or city directly in the coming week?
I am quite certain anyone reading this is thinking, “She doesn’t care about our rights?” Well, that’s not so. I do care about our rights. All twenty-seven amendments which symbolize various points in life, liberty, and yes, that’s right the pursuit of happiness. How many people have complained about the second amendment right to bear arms? How many people have responded to freedom of speech, or freedom of religion? How many discuss due process or equal rights, or right to search and seizure? Those are the ones we talk about, why? Those are the ones we feel protected by.
Now we have a situation, where some members feel protected, and others feel threatened? One group feels equal rights are being honored, and others feel their freedom of religion is being put aside. When you encounter a situation in which two very distinct feelings and emotions are on the forefront, then you must make a decision. As Americans, we have to honor all of our rights, without offending others. So how do we do that?
We will have to consider, why are you upset? If you are upset, because you feel the Supreme Court ruled on something, which should have been left up to the states on an individual level? That is a valid reason, as years ago the separation of church and state issue, has been brought up. There also has been the first amendment right of Freedom of Religion which should be considered. Both are very good points, and duly noted here. If you are upset, because you are a heterosexual man or woman, and it has been your teaching and understanding the Bible forbids homosexuality. This too, a very good oppositional point to be made, and you are well within your rights to have your beliefs and opinions as much as anyone else.
So now we come to the religious waters that roll, and I know what the scriptures are, I have read them myself over the years. My good neighbors and friends have been wonderful to remind us all about them too. So let me just say, I am not going to go through them here. If you do not know what they are? It’s time you dust off that Bible, and read them. You need to know what that Bible says, if you want to share a seat in the Heavenly realm one day. However, this is what I ask of each brother and sister of Christ. Take your friend, family member, neighbor, or stranger walking by with the love of their life, and yes- you can tell. Pick up the Bible, and start reading the verses about sins, and read also about grace in the pages.
Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
You see the wages of sin apply to all sin, whether in thought, word, or deed. For years, the Old Testament has been covered in Theology for the “root of sin”, as God applied different penalties to different sins.
Levicticus 20:13, If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Therefore, we remind those men and women today of their sin. Many other references to sin are made about abominations in this Chapter, and the one before. Consider the words of the verses found in the previous Chapter, and differences of severity if not followed.
Exodus 22:29, Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.
Have you noticed we no longer sacrifice our first borns, fatted calves, or ripe fruits? Why is that? That is because of the New Testament. Jesus said the day of Judgment would be more bearable. Let me give an example there as well.
Matthew 11:23-24, And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
All because Capernaum refused to repent after witnessing, the miracles of Jesus; his fate would be worse than Sodom, from the days of the Old. Well maybe, Sodom really didn’t do anything all that bad, and Capernaum deserved it? Let’s see, arrogance, gluttony, indifference to the poor and needy, haughtiness, and “detestable things.”
What are “detestable things?” Well, Jesus did not specify, I know He warned of the second coming and judgment day. He specified those deserving punishment would be “beaten with many blows,” and others “with few blows.”
Have you been guilty of something “detestable?” What about gluttony? So, maybe you will get by with a few blows. You know, the religious leaders thought fewer blows as well.
Matthew 23:13-36, the most fierce denunciations were reserved for the sins of pride and unbelief of the religious leaders, not for sexually immoral acts.
We now have the Supreme Court allowing freedom of “these people” to get married. Maybe they are getting married, and some will spend the rest of their lives together. Then again, a divorce could be in the future of some of these couples. Just the thought of what goes on between these couples is what, sexually immoral? Maybe so, but detestable, well that is not for us to say. After all, the size of our sin is not what sets us near to God’s grace.
I suppose it is something we will just have to yield some compassion to. After all, you can’t help who you love? That’s the saying right! So amidst the murky waters clouded by by our various religions, we will have to temper this situation with a little support towards individualism, and remember that suffering and joy are two sides of the same coin of life.