I have to admit, I don’t know all of the details. Let me know if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that North Carolina passed a bill to amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as a relationship consisting of one man and one woman.
To many conservative Christians, this might seem rather straight-forward.
I would have voted against the amendment.
Gay Marriage and the Christian
You read that correctly. I would have voted against the government defining marriage as the formal union of one man and one woman.
The instantaneous conclusion that many people will make here is that I am morally pro-gay rights. That’s not true. Had an Amendment been proposed to open the state’s definition of marriage to include GLBT unions, I also would have voted against it. Furthermore, I believe that the Bible is God’s word and that the commandments therein are literal; so I do not condone a homosexual lifestyle.
How can I be against both?
I believe every Christian should take great offense to ANY action that takes power and authority from God and places it in the hands of people who then believe that the majority has the ability to vote correctly. The point is this:Marriage shouldn’t be defined by the government as between man and woman because Government does not define marriage. God does.
This is the great danger in a majority rule system: what if the majority is wrong? Let’s all say, for the sake of understanding, that God is real and His Word is right. What if, one day (which, you realize, might be approaching), the majority of North Carolina or Texas or the entire nation becomes pro-gay rights. The fault is ours for allowing government to have that control and people to have that vote to begin with.
Morality is not subject to Majority Rule. Unfortunately, we have subjected ourselves to cruder movies, more offensive and completely inane pop music, and awful societal standards (the way we speak, dress, act, and interact) because we have allowed the Majority to rule–which simply cannot be so. I realize that I’m just giving a wordy version of Mom’s “If everyone jumped off a bridge…”
For this reason, the Founding Fathers placed in our Constitution the important wording of the First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof[…]”
In other words: the government will stay out of it. Why? Because no one–not even the majority–has a right to have any kind of effect on your religion or your lack thereof.
The GLBT community shouldn’t be pushing for Government to decide these things either! They should be pushing for government to be REMOVED from things like medical care coverage and whatever else is affected. As far as government is concerned–you have the right to whatever union you choose.
Is that hard for me to say? You bet. But I believe it.
Do I wish everyone would know God and His Word? You bet. But I can’t force it through the government. Well, I guess I could…but I’m against that, too.