a few weeks ago i attended an open debate session at my church regarding all of the issues on the ballot. obviously prop. 8 was a hot topic. after hearing the reasoning of a few people who supported prop. 8, i found myself walking up to the mic. i was a little worried. as a so-called “leader” at my church, i knew that i might be creating heat for the head pastor…. but to be honest i found the arguments for prop. 8 simply too weak to support.
i know that a lot of you will not agree with what i am about to say. fwiw, i fully understand that my opinion is worth what you are paying for it. 🙂
the way that mainstream Christianity is treating homosexuality is wrong. it reflects a strategy which is not thoughtful, and demonstrates the need for believers to think critically for themselves.
let’s start with the basics. is homosexuality a sin? to me, the Bible seems to say yes. are there any Christians who aren’t sinners? i haven’t met any. okay, so basically Gays are exactly as fallen as everyone else. no more, no less. there is perfect, and there is everything else.
what does prop. 8 accomplish, exactly? people tell me it will protect the sanctity of marriage and family. let us look at this from the non-Christian perspective. when we look at the divorce rate, the adultery rate, the number of kids in foster homes…. how much of this was done by people who profess to be Christians? my guess is that Gays would feel that there is nothing they could do to damage the institution of marriage that Christians haven’t done already. we would probably be better served policing our own ranks. i’ve seen the people on the streets with signs supporting prop. 8…. i wonder how many also have carried signs condemning divorce and adultery? can you imagine if they made divorce illegal except for the reasons allowed in the Bible? wow. i know more than a few Christians with “irreconcilable differences.”
the idea of trying to impose our religious beliefs into law seems bizarre to me. this is the united states of america. the land of the free. there is no “only as long as you are Christian” clause. Christians don’t own the concept of marriage. Non-Christians get married all the time. This is a civil right. Can you imagine trying to make it illegal for Jews to get married because they rejected Christ, and therefore their concept of marriage isn’t exactly the same as ours? If you project out the end state of trying to codify all Christian beliefs into law, you end up in a country where it would be illegal to be atheist, or Jewish, or Muslim, or Buddhist, or anything else. Does anyone think this is a good idea? “sorry atheist dude, but we are making it illegal for you to have santa claus on your front lawn because Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ.” the bottom line is you can’t force people to do things. you gotta win them over to your way of thinking. if someone pointed an ak47 at you and said that you better cover up your wife because their interpretation of the Koran required it, you might obey to save your family, but i doubt you’d become a believer in their religion.
please don’t think that you are somehow helping out the Christian cause by supporting prop. 8. if we want to help with the Christian cause as it relates to the Gay community, we need to look at the basics. wwjd? when they tried to get Christ to get political, he always refused. he said give to caesar what is caesar’s. he said if you are slave, be a good one. the Christian way is mostly an internal struggle. we should all have such awesome marriages that the Gay couples we know are asking us what our secret is. that seems like a winning strategy.
p.s. rick warren doing the invocation at obama’s inauguration deserves to be about more than prop. 8… but at this point it is just too juicy of a talking point. another opportunity lost. and jerry brown refusing to do his job as the top law enforcer in california is just one more depressing consequence of prop. 8. we will all face the consequences of prop. 8 in our witness, make no mistake.