This issue has seen a lot of spotlight recently. I have gone back and fourth on blogging about this, since I don't typically enjoy controversy. My blog is my "safe spot" and I have yet to feel a back lash from any of my readers. In fact, I have never had a negative comment on this page. I hope to keep it that way. That being said, this is something that i feel passionately about, and I'd love to see how my readers feel. I am in no way wishing to press my feelings or beliefs on you. I will respect your feelings and beliefs, I just hope that you respect mine in return :) ...
A few days ago I caught a rerun of the Tyra show, the topic of the show was "Is gay the new black?". Maybe some of you caught this, most of you probably didn't. It was all about the gay marriage debate. It got me fired up, especially when two of the women quoted bible verses while judging other people.
Does this infuriate anyone else? If you are going to quote bible verses, ACT LIKE A CHRISTIAN!
I am not saying that I am perfect. In fact my relationship with Jesus Christ is not where it should be. I am able to admit that. In that same sense.. I DO NOT PREACH! I do not sit in church on Sunday after going out on Saturday night. (maybe I should be?) I will not be a hypocrite!
I believe that people are born "gay." There is not one of my friends who is gay that I believe "Chose" to be gay. I don't think they woke up one day and said "I think I'll like guys today!" It was a struggle. Something they pained over and tormented over. In fact one of my friends used the bible and the church to try and "cure" himself. It didn't work.. Why? Because its who he is! Not a switch he can turn on or off!
I am not black, and I am not gay. So I can not understand how it feels. I wont even pretend to know how it feels to have people judge you or hate you because of who you are. It makes my heart ache.
One of the audience members stood up at Tyra's show and told a story. A story that is FAR too common. His father beat him! His father beat him to try and "beat the gay out of him". All the while he quoted bible verses to justify what he was doing! Tears fell from my eyes and I watched the hurt in this mans face. It made my skin crawl to think that someone did that in Jesus's name!
I KNOW that the creator and God that I believe in is a LOVING God. He would have wanted this dad to wrap his arms around that boy. To love him and show him who God is. You can love the person with out loving the act! Even if you don't agree with a lifestyle choice, it does not give you the right to judge or to hate!
It wasn't long ago that people of color were not allowed to marry whom they wanted. It was not long ago that we were not allowed to marry outside of our religion. When people were judged by the color of their skin, or the creed they believe, it was a civil rights issue. Thank God, things changed. Now "gays" are being judged by whom they chose to love. We are not allowing a select group of people to have equal rights. The right to marry, and to live how they chose. How is this NOT a civil rights issue?
The debate typical involves the use of the bible in the argument. I believe in God, but I also believe the people pick and chose which parts of the bible to use. If you are going to use the parts of the bible that discriminate against homosexuality, then I hope you are living the rest of the bible to a "T". I am sure that if you take a look at your own life, you'll realize that you are just as much of a sinner as anyone else. It is not your job to throw the first stone.
If you take the bible out of the debate, then there isn't much to debate. Since the beginning we have separated church and state for a reason. The reason being we moved to the great land of America to be able to worship as we choose! By removing church and state we are able to give freedom to EVERYONE. If marriage is a holy union by God, then maybe the word "marriage" doesn't belong in our government- If we can use the word to discriminate against people!
I believe in God. I believe in people.. and I believe in Love. I believe that I have no right judge how someone else lives their life.
I know this issue isn't "fluff". I know that what I've just said has some of you FUMING! I know that there are many of you that agree with me. I also know there are MANY more that don't. That is okay! The great thing about our country is that I have the right to express my thoughts freely. You also have the right to disagree with me freely. So why not let people love who they want FREELY?