Thursday, July 30, 2015

Read and be blessed today.




THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE

A friend of mine recently shared his view on a very trending topic.  Agree or disagree with his reasoning; however, I encourage you to take a moment and evaluate his logic. Examine your own wisdom leading you own, maybe sometimes volatile, reaction regarding this issue. Read and be blessed today.

"I've got plenty to say, but have chosen to sit back on this one pretty much. It seems to me that any legal contract or license available to some should be available to all. I'm not convinced being gay is a lifestyle choice or a choice to sin; gay people are born gay. I used to not believe this until I spent years as a chemical dependency counselor, researched these issues in college, and, more importantly, gained many valuable gay friends and colleagues along the way and learned of their struggles. I always had this recurring thought that it would have been easier for them to NOT come out based on the myriad of struggles and sacrifices they endured when they did.

This point seems to be the crux of the issue, especially for those who morally oppose homosexuality. I would suggest to the moral opposition:  simply allow people to face whatever consequences you think they're going to face. (Mark 6:11, Luke 9:5) 

The bigger question, in my opinion, is why government needs to be involved with the legality of marriage in the first place? A form of civil contract between consenting participants seems sufficient. The IRS and divorce attorneys are super excited.

On the other side of this issue, I believe that religious people are completely free to believe whatever they like so long as another's inalienable rights aren't violated. Within that context, those with religious beliefs should not be forced to act against those beliefs as that would be another form of rights-violations. Just get your cake somewhere else and/or get married by a public official or clergy that supports your purpose.

We all have beliefs, incentives, and options. Let's each follow our own path and not impede the direction of another. Live and let live."              Cary