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The Table: Gay Marriage (Cory Copeland)
Much has been said about gay marriage over the past week. Anger, resentment, and foul words have been yelled, typed, tweeted, and felt. And right in the middle of all of it has been we Christians. Because of our deep dedication to the Church and its ways, most of our saints have taken gay marriage as a personal affront to them and their faith. They’re intentions are good—they want to keep this world on the straight and narrow—but the way they handle the situation is something to be questioned.
Most Christians believe that if the United States allows homosexuals to get married, then the very fabric this country was built on will become tarnished and worthless. And while I understand where their line of thinking originates, I can’t help but disagree.
My Christianity and way of life is not threatened by someone who doesn’t practice my same beliefs. So why then would two gay people marrying each other affect anyone else’s marriage? It wouldn’t. Because we Christians are steadfast in our Biblical beliefs, we assume that marriage and its rights should be reserved for those who only fit the Biblical mold of what a marriage should be. But since the separation of Church and State, the Church no longer has a say on what should and should not be allowed in our states. There shouldn’t be a debate as to if homosexuality is a sin or not; the Bible clearly states that it is. But the subject of gay marriage shouldn’t be about religion versus homosexuality, but rather equality versus bigotry.
If the Civil Rights Movement taught us anything, it’s that each and every person who is a citizen of this country is due equal rights. So why shouldn’t the same mindset be acceptable when addressing gay marriage? If someone is a rightful citizen of this country, they should be allowed the same rights as every other citizen; that, of course, should include being able to marry someone of the same sex.
The act of marriage was born in the Church, but no longer is that the only place it’s practiced. Since society as a whole sees marriage as the ultimate goal of a relationship, it’s up to us as God-fearing people to assure that we show love and equality to each and every one of God’s creations—and that includes those who choose the homosexual lifestyle.
Marriage and gay marriage alike should be about equality, not supremacy. And whether we agree with their lifestyle or not, gay people hold the exact same value as we Christians do. It’s not easy to remember, but nothing has ever been truer.
About Cory CopelandCory Copeland is a freelance writer living in Little Rock, AR. You can follow him on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Cory_Copeland and read more of his writing on his blog at www.CoryCopeland.net.
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––1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)