I've been wanting to share this for so long, but I know I'm going to tick of both sides of the argument.
I ask you now to not let your emotions get in your way. Read this all the way through-all of it- then read it again before you comment on this post. Regardless of what you think of what I've said, please respond kindly. I'll delete nasty comments, (from either side).
Also I'd like to say, that anyone that has a differing view point is immediately seen as hateful. You labeling me, (or others like me as hateful) is judgmental. Yes, there are plenty of people who claim to be Christian, and claim that is why they are against gay marriage. If they're being hateful-truly hateful-most likely they are not truly Christan. As I've said, read what they're saying. Really read it before you call someone hateful. You may not like what they have to say, but that doesn't mean they are being hateful.
Before I get to the marriage debate, I'm going to start out with something my homosexual friends won't like, but read the whole post please! It is all important!
Homosexuality is a sin. There is truly no way around this. But do you know what else is a sin? Sex before marriage, watching pornography, lust, cussing, need I go on? The Bible says that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (paraphrased Romans 3:23) and, "the wages of sin is death." (paraphrased Romans 6:23).
Still aren't convinced? Did you know lying is a sin? Every.single.person. that has ever lived has told a lie. SO, that means every.single.person. that has ever lived, has sinned and is worthy of hell and is unworthy of heaven. Yikes, right?! That's what's so amazing about Jesus! When He died on the cross, He took on our sins! He that knew no sin suffered Hell, so that we wouldn't have to! When He rose from the dead, He proved that He is God and was successful in paying our debt-allowing us sinners a ticket into heaven. No matter how "good" of a person you think you are, you will never be good enough for heaven. That one lie, (not including the countless other sins you've committed), has you on a one way street to hell. When you trust that Jesus is the only way to heaven, you trust Him alone for salvation, then you can go to heaven! I'd love to talk to you more about this! Ask away!
Now that that's said, let's get to the marriage debate!
Most of the republicans are against gay marriage. Even more conservatives are against it. I do not consider myself a republican, but I will say I'm conservative. Most republicans/conservatives don't really understand conservatism. It is about how you interpret the constitution-(conservatively), and it's about small government.
As a conservative, I do not think the government should be involved in marriage at all. What's to stop a politician from saying a marriage between two Christians is illegal? So, politically I think gay marriage should be legalized.
But as a Christian, I believe in the sanctity of marriage. So fellow Christians, let me ask you this: when two true believers marry they are making a covenant with God-marriage as God intended it. What about two unbelievers? Two atheists? What about common law marriage? They are not making a covenant with God! Why are they allowed to marry?!
You see, gay marriage is not what's hurting the sanctity of marriage. Legal marriage as we know it is not biblical marriage.
Also, do you know what is RUINING the sanctity of marriage? DIVORCE
What I propose, is allow everyone to legally marry (through the state, as it is now). But the church needs to step up and create, if you will, a marriage of its own. If two Christians want to make a covenant with God, they go through the church, and apply for "Biblical Marriage." (so they'd have their state marriage license and a church marriage license) Because of separation of church and state, pastors are allowed to turn anyone away without being labeled as discriminatory. Those Christians who are "Biblically Married" must go through the church for divorce as well. The Bible is very clear on divorce, and the church should be fighting against it. "Biblical Marriage" would be very hard to terminate.
So, we'd have everyone marrying legally, and able to legally divorce, but the church would have special marriage- where the church holds it's people to higher, Goldy, biblical standards.
I mean really, what's the difference between two straight atheists married and two men married? Nothing. Both marriages are not what God intended marriage to be, but one is legal.
The state should allow anyone to marry, and the church should be able to say yes/no and have a say in divorce as well. If you've agreed to a "Biblical Marriage" you've agreed to a biblical divorce proceeding as well (which would be extremely counseled and difficult).
Thus truly protecting the sanctity of marriage.
Let me say one more thing before I end my post. I understand the feelings of the homosexual community not being able to marry. I know being homosexual opens you up to hatreds etc. I'm sympathetic to that and will be the first to stand up for you if I hear that trash.
But, I do not appreciate the fight for same sex marriage being compared to the civil rights movement. Those poor people were discriminated against and hated in ways the homosexual community couldn't even dream of. (none of us really can). Please don't think I'm putting down your suffering, some people are undeniably awful! But it is not even close to the civil rights plight. Please don't compare the two!
All that I've said has been in love and respectfully written. Please reply likewise.