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Gay Marriage, Beastiality, and Red Equal Signs

Written on Friday, March 29, 2013 by

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Lately, if you turn on the news or open up your Facebook feed, all you’ll see are red equal signs.

While I don’t support gay marriage, I try to think of this from the other side sometimes, and put myself in the shoes of those red-equal-sign-flaunting folk. I think to myself, “Ok, let’s pretend I’m not a Christian. I don’t believe that God is the Creator and the authority over all. I don’t believe that what He says about homosexuality in the Bible is true. Heck, I don’t even believe He exists.”

So, let’s pretend, for a moment, I’m that person (or some variation of that person). Maybe I’d feel embarrassed that I didn’t see many other same-sex couples on the streets. Maybe I’d be hurt that passersby would scoff at me if I held my partners hand. Maybe I’d feel marginalized and cast down. I get that.

John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

If you’re not living in the “light” of knowing Christ, you are not going to understand a Christian’s worldview. So, I can find compassion in my heart for the gay community of non-Christians who feel ostracized. They don’t see anything wrong with what they’re doing, so they feel unjustly exiled.

I feel for these people and I really wish that Christians did a better job at loving people, as we are called to, rather than spewing judgement and condemnation.

But, we’re in a little bit of a pickle right now.

I’m afraid that the gay community is being very short sighted in their fight for these “equal rights.” On his show, last night, Mark Levin posed the question: Which is more important – liberty or equality? His very question implies the underlying truth that you can’t have both. You can’t have “equality” for all people, living by all sorts of moral standards. Equality for gays means death to religious freedom. It means no equality for parents who want to raise their children to believe that the Bible is the Word of God.

I mean, all you have to do to understand the flaw in this “equality” argument is take it a step further. Let’s talk beastiality. There may be a community of people who truly believe that it is holy and beautiful and right to marry and have relations with animals.

You might think, “Who cares what someone does in their bedroom? Doesn’t affect me!” Ok, so maybe a person’s private choices won’t affect you, but they will MAJORLY affect you if the federal government gets involved and starts telling you that beastiality is normal and acceptable – therefore telling you that if you don’t run your business and raise your kids in a way that “tolerates” it, you’re a hate-monger.

I’ve written several times before about my opinion that the government needs to get out of the business of marrying people – and that this would solve our national problem. This view has angered many Christian readers – who tell me that the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination (which it does) and that I’m not defending God’s holiness by not fighting against gay marriage.

First off, I AM against gay marriage. I just think that America will continue having these major problems until the government shrinks. I differ in my SOLUTION, not in my views of morality.

Listen, I am often in awe of God’s holiness, as all who see the Light are. I desperately seek to live blamelessly in a way that gives Him glory. I know I fail all the time (even in my political opinions, probably), but I choose to attempt a Holy lifestyle because I believe I am serving a Holy God and I want to please Him.

When I say that I can’t hold a gay non-Christian to my moral standard, its not because I think there’s no ultimate truth and everything is relative. It’s because I’m not that person’s Holy Spirit.

There is FOR SURE a time to call out sin and be outraged by it. But, when I read the Bible, I see that Jesus has called me to spread the Gospel, i.e. the Good News. I can’t spread the Good News effectively if I’m set out to condemn the sins of those who live in the dark.

My first goal should be to help people see Jesus. Once they do, the Holy Spirit will do His job in convicting them of their sin. If they continue to live in sin, once they have trusted Him, then yes – Matthew 18 tells me to confront them. But, saying “God hates you!” isn’t going to show anyone the Light of the Gospel. It’s going to turn them away from it.

I don’t believe that the people with red equal signs as profile pictures are the enemy. I believe that they are believing a lie from the enemy – that there is no ultimate truth and that everyone’s idea of morality is acceptable in the eyes of God. With this understanding, my goal isn’t to rid the internet of red equal signs. My goal is to point people to the One who will change their heart.

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