Stirring the Pot

November 4, 2009 § 7 Comments

Well, Maine had it’s vote on gay marriage.

I am a Christian. Conservative by some counts, deceptively liberal by others. After an ultra-political upbringing and youth, I went apolitical for a long time. Within the past two years, I find myself heeding the siren call of the political arena once again, but I am trying to keep it all in perspective.

The fact is that I am a strong proponent for separation of church and state. I believe it is folly for Christians (or anyone for that matter) to attempt to dictate and legislate morality for society at large. It is a slippery slope in an era where not everything the majority of those calling themselves Christians believe is in Scripture, and conversely many things that are in Scripture are often over-looked. It’s a mixed bag of righteousness, let me tell you, with some of it made up, and others of it dismissed out of hand.

“But what about the breakdown of society/the family/the church if we allow all these ‘lifestyles’ to promulgate throughout our communities?” ask some conservatives. “How can we uphold the ‘sanctity of the family’ if gays are allowed to marry or we don’t have prayer in schools, etc?”

I see it this way: As a Christian, I am called to be salt and light in this world. This means that I live MY life according to God’s Word, and raise MY family under submission to my Lord, Jesus Christ. No one can stop me from doing that (and there have been times in history when folks have tried.) Being salt and light does not mean that I try to change society or my neighbor. That is not my job. My job is to be an example which they can choose whether or not they wish to follow. I am a minister of reconciliation, but most folks don’t want reconciliation, so who am I to force it on them?

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict man, and to change his mind on things– not mine. Even if I disagree with a lifestyle choice, or how someone chooses to raise their children or even if the government decides to take “God” out of the picture, I know that ultimately, it won’t matter.

If I believe what I see in Scripture, then I know there are two kingdoms. The one of this world, and the one of God. I have aligned myself with God’s Kingdom. His rules and laws apply to me, because I have put myself under subjection to them. The folks who are in the world’s kingdom have NOT put themselves under subjection to the laws of Christ, and therefore, I cannot expect them to accept or live by those laws. I won’t even try to force them. It would be silly to tell an American citizen, living in America, that they have to follow the laws of France, and so it is with our two kingdoms.

I am not worried about “the breakdown of the family” because I am ultimately responsible for only one– mine– and if I am doing my job properly, there will be no breakdown. I am not concerned about prayer in schools, because I have prayer in my home; wherever my children go, prayer is in them, so even if they went to public school (which they won’t– I intend to homeschool) they would be bringing prayer with them. Just as silly as it is for me to tell a non-believer that they should act like a believer or that they cannot live a certain way because it makes me uncomfortable, or I don’t agree with it, so it is for the government to declare “no prayer in schools” or that they are taking God out of the equation.

You cannot legislate what is in the heart of man. It is impossible.

If I believe that my God is as big as He says He is, then He is big enough to not be threatened by society’s changing whims. He is more than capable of standing up for Himself, AND for me. I am not threatened by whatever society chooses to do. My only job is to obey, and be prepared to give an answer for the hope that dwells within me.

That doesn’t involve attempting to force others to unwillingly live by the Word I willingly accepted.

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§ 7 Responses to Stirring the Pot

  • celandineb says:

    Me, I just think everyone deserves the same rights and protections under the law, and that it’s wrong to even be putting the question to a vote.
    That doesn’t involve attempting to force others to unwillingly live by the Word I willingly accepted.
    Thank you. I only wish more of your co-religionists had this attitude. Everyone has the right to believe as they choose, and behave accordingly; they don’t have the right to impose the consequences of their personal beliefs on others.

  • DT says:

    I agree. I honestly don’t know why this became such an issue, other than that folks feel threatened by things they don’t agree with.
    I don’t agree with everybody, but I’m sure not threatened by the disagreement.

  • frodo_esque says:

    Beautiful post. I agree with it all. =)

  • viagra says:

    I completely agree with you, even though I am not religious. I feel, too, that much of the “gay marriage” issue comes down to semantics. My solution is to uphold the separation of church and state and allow all couples, heterosexual and homosexual, to have civil unions which they must legally obtain through a government agency, and to have “marriages” (largely a religious construct) remain in the church. “Marriage” would only be a ceremony, which the church could offer to same-sex couples at its own discretion.
    Of course, since the term “marriage” is so deeply ingrained in society, I doubt that such a plan would really work, but it’s nice to think about.

  • celandineb says:

    That’s exactly the approach I would prefer to see too; but I agree, unlikely to happen.

  • ____hejira says:

    Here here.
    I knew I liked you.
    We don’t agree on the core issue, I’m sure. But I’m not really asking people, (at the end of the day), to be ok with homosexuality. Do I wish they would be? Yes, for a miriad of reasons. But that ISN’T the point here. The point is that this is America, and EVERYONE has rights, including gay people. The church can decide, (as a private entity), that they do not want to marry gay couples. That is their right, and I support that right, even if I don’t like it. I don’t see the logic in some Christian conservatives wanting their rights to be protected, but yet they want the government to come in and take away someone else’s. (See comments on my blog post on the issue to see such gaps in logic). Perhaps I was a little overly verbose and angry in my entry, but I’m just sick of people missing the point.
    Thanks for not missing the point.
    You, thank goodness, use the brain God gave you.

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