Can Someone Please Explain?
Now that the right to marry is shared equally by all under the constitution, conservatives and religious zealots are tying themselves into knots, furious that such a horrific thing should ever come to pass.
"We're heading down the slippery slope", they say. "Polygamy will be next. And then marriages based on incest and bestiality." This is the end of traditional marriage. What would the God of Abraham say about the abomination of polygamy? Well, perhaps they shouldn't use that one as an argument for "traditional" marriage. It seems that Christians abandoned the traditional Jewish practice of polygamy, and adopted monogamy from Roman culture (you know, the evil empire they so despised). But they didn't abandon the tradition of slavery until more recent times.
So I'd like to ask Christians to explain why it is so important to follow tradition? And exactly which traditions should we follow? Surely the bible can't be seen as a guide, because it has some pretty nasty thing going, and many of those traditional practices have been abandoned as our society becomes more enlightened.
Then there's the issue of extreme anxiety or deep anger - a sense that the world is going to hell in a handbasket because gay people can get married. It's as if we were all sentenced to die, or even worse - facing increased taxes. But that's not happening. So I ask, why all the fuss? Why do you care if gay people get married? Does this mean that you have to divorce your wife and hook up with some guy named Bruce? I don't think so. Does it do anything at all to restrict your freedom? Not unless you think breathing the same air as gay married people is an infringement of your rights. If you think that, then I would suggest that you have absolutely no idea what freedom is. You should have been born a slave. You wouldn't know the difference. And it would be a more traditional arrangement.
Maybe you just don't think people should be allowed to violate the dictates of your church. After all, the church rules your life - why shouldn't it rule everybody's life? It's an issue of morality. The bible says that God's morality is written on each man's heart, but gay people didn't get the memo. Their behavior is an unmitigated disaster. We simply can't allow this. We should follow Mike Huckabee in calling for all Christians to mount a campaign of civil disobedience.
Again, I have to ask, why? Didn't your God give us all free will? And don't you believe that by virtue of our free will we have the choice to follow his morality or reject it? Isn't the whole idea of morality dependent on our free will, and our taking the responsibility to make the correct moral choices? What happens if we no longer have the ability to make our own moral choices? Who should get into heaven? Does a gay man gain admission because he wasn't allowed to sin? Or should you be refused admission because you didn't have the choice to prove your morality? How does God know you wouldn't have entered into a gay marriage? Can someone please explain how this is supposed to work? Here's what I think: you shouldn't be allowed into heaven if you deny someone the freedom to make his own moral choices.
I've asked a number of questions here, and I doubt that I will ever hear any answers from Christians. But whatever your answers are, I'm sure they're good ones. If, by any chance, you are at a loss for words, here's a little help for you.