OK -- I'm convinced. The sanctity of marriage DOES need defending and I want to sign up to be on the defense team.
I want to be part of making the case that life long relationships between two people who commit themselves to each other and pledge monogamy, fidelity, mutual respect and holy love build up not only the couple and their family but all of us.
I want to argue that such relationships are indeed foundational to so much that is good and strong and solid and healthy about our society -- our culture -- our civilization.
I want to sign on in agreement that it is in such relationships that children are best nurtured -- raised to understand the basic family values of love, commitment, support and mutuality.
As a priest and pastor I want to add that for Christian couples, making that commitment to each other in the context of sacred vows made in front of God and witnessed by the community of faith offers both the faith context and community support to better equip the couple to make it through the "better or worse" times that come to all of us at one point or the other.
And -- perhaps impossibly given the political climate du jour -- I want to challenge the ridiculous assertions that somehow the gender of those seeking to love and promise themselves to each other is more important than the values, love and commitment they bring to the relationship.
I want heterosexuals to take responsibility for what has happened to the institution of marriage on their watch and for those determined to save it to partner with gay and lesbian couples who are still standing as "strangers at the gate" -- yearning for the kind of commitment and responsibility so many straight couples have taken so for granted -- and work together to shift the conversation from the genders that make up the couple to the values that make up the relationship.
And I want to make the case that Britney Spears did more in the 55 hours of her quickly annulled Las Vegas marriage to undermine the sanctity of matrimony than any gay or lesbian couple I have ever known -- and that debacle ALONE should be enough to convince the jury that marriage does INDEED need defending: but not from Gene and Mark, or Rosie and Kelly, or Michael and John, or ...
Where do I sign up for the defense team?
Sign me up to that teaam!
Sign me up to that teaam!
God loves homosexuals the same
as He loves heterosexuals. I also love them the same as all my other friends. I had some gay friends and even a family member, and I love them the same. However, I don't support gay marriage because it is clearly stated in the Bible that it's a sin. I read the
writing in your website. I disagree with your statement that it is not clearly mentioned in the Bible regarding this topic. Please look up Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:18-32(concentrate on verse 25-27), and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. You will understand what I mean when you read God's word. When we become Christians, we agree to live like a "little Christ" and walk in His word. Jesus said, " If you love me, you will obey what I command." (John 14:15) Does that mean that homosexuals are going to hell? No. In fact in 1 Timothy 1:8-11, it states that because of all our sins (regardless what kind), that's why Jesus needs to come to this world and die for us. When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior, we are "new creations". It means that we no longer walk in our old ways (or sinful nature), but to walk in the light through the power of the holy spirit. I have sinned before, and even now, every day. However, it is not ok for me to continue to sin, whether the sin is watching porn, jealousy, greed, or anything else. I need to confess my sin everyday, and let the blood of Jesus wash my sins. "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ". (Romans 3:23-24)
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