I tend to quietly follow the politics of our country and take passionate stances when issues resonate deeply within my soul. Politics have intrigued me for years and the machinations of humans never cease to amaze me. You know way back when (1989) I received my bachelors in Political Science so I do have a smidgen of knowledge about the happenings of this union of ours.
Politicians come and go and with them, so do their beliefs. Just as politicians come and go, so do ideologies of the times. Within recent times, people of different races were prohibited from marrying. Some people even backed that belief up by using the Bible. Of course, time marched on, people latched on to new beliefs and realized that the world did not implode if people of different skin colors married and had children.
Of course throughout the course of human history, people have used the Bible to defend all types of issues. Now given my liberal nature, I have no problem with people holding different values than my own, but I do have problems when people use the Bible and God as a reason to espouse hatred. I take great issue with Christians who quote the Bible and use the Bibles words as weapons used to hurt. Seriously, there are parts of the Bible that state an unmarried woman who has premarital sex should be stoned to death. Or better yet, how about the sin of wearing multiple fiber clothing. If people are going to say they follow the Bible as God's inerrant word, then they better be prepared to follow every last dictate in in the Good Book.
As a happy ELCA Lutheran, I am proud to be a member of a church family that embraces God's word in the Bible and that realizes how important it is to relate those ancient words to modern life. Of course no one should be stoned to death for have sex out of wed lock and children should not be put to death for cursing their parent, but somehow these leniency's seem appropriate to those who claim to be following the word of the Bible. Hmmmm, makes one wonder how they pick and choose which aspects to follow and which ones to defend as obviously having evolved with the progression of time.
All of this leads me to the topic of same sex marriage. Seriously people, why do conservatives object? I've heard all the crazy arguments that liken it to beastiality and other disgusting ideas. Those who propose those ridiculous arguments are grasping at straws to save their narrow views. I am thrilled that we have a President with courage enough to publicly state that it's a human right to allow marriage between two consenting same-sex adults. BRAVO, President Obama and Vice President Biden!
Save the arguments people. I believe that God doesn't make mistakes and when someone is gay, that's who they are and they are entitled to the same happiness and rights as heterosexuals. As an ELCA Lutheran, our church accepts and embraces same sex unions and allows an openly gay, monogamous man or woman to be a pastor. Now that is exemplifying God's love!~
Time continues to march on and as with everything else in life, once hotly debated topics that were viewed as abominations offending God (interracial marriage) have fortunately changed. It's my desire and hope that someday every consenting adult in this country will have the right to choose which human they marry and have it recognized legally.