This week has been awesome for me as a blogger. My blog is only 2 months old, but traffic has been through the roof this week, and I even was contacted for my first sponsored giveaway. All in all, it has been a great week for business! I realize by writing this, I risk throwing all that away, but by not writing it, I risk far more. I am quite sure that I will lose many of my followers once I publish this post, but it is my sincere hope that my readers will approach what I have to say with as open a mind as they would like me to have to what they say.
This week, arguments were made in front of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding whether homosexual couples should have the right to marry in the United States. This is such a hot-button issue right now, and there is so much anger and hate from both sides that it is sometimes difficult to find cohesive arguments in the middle of the chaos.
As a Christian, I do not support gay marriage. I believe that homosexuality is a sin because I believe in God, and I believe in the Bible as His Word. This does not mean that I or any other Christian should condemn homosexuals any more than we should condemn anyone else. The Bible says that is not our role just as clearly as it says we should not engage in any kind of sins. No one sin is elevated above any others, with the exception of blasphemy. Romans 3:23-24 says that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus." In other words, we all sin. We do it in many different ways, but we all do it. But the good news is that no matter what we do or what we have done, God's grace is given to us FREELY. All we need to do is ask.
Therefore, as Christians, we should always, always, always, seek to bring first ourselves and then those around us closer to God so that they may experience His love and the power of His grace for themselves. I have personally experienced His love, and it is an amazing thing to see God working and doing what would otherwise be impossible. I hope and pray that all of you get the chance to see this for yourselves!
Now, as an attorney, I freely admit that from a purely legal perspective, denying marriage to homosexuals is difficult to justify. But my faith is what it is, and it is what it is for good reason. I have personally seen miracles happen. I know God is real, and therefore, I have to believe what His Word tells me. Christians are not free to pick and choose which portions of the Bible to take at face value and which to gloss over or ignore. Just as I cannot justify engaging in gossip, however entertaining it might be for me, I also cannot pretend that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality just because I have friends who are gay. (On the same note, Christians cannot ignore the many promises that God has made in His Word, promises of healing, forgiveness, and blessings that are ours if we choose to follow His guidelines for accepting them. But that is a topic for another day.) While it is not my job to condemn, neither can I condone.
I have heard people say some really hateful things about Christians, which is painfully ironic, especially when it is done with an air of showing how tolerant the speaker is and how intolerant Christians are. Applying a label to a group of people is always bigotry, no matter how you slice it, and you don't get a free pass just because you happen to be on the more politically correct side of an argument. No matter the day or the hot topic of the moment, I strive to keep my prayer the same, "Lord, open my heart to You and open the hearts of all the people of the world to You. Let us all experience Your great love firsthand and be driven to do Your will."