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A Christian’s view on Amendment One

Posted on 7 May 2012 by Dane Abernathy

Okay, first off, there is already a law in NC banning same-sex marriages. Let’s keep this in mind throughout this post. I understand that a lot of you believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. You have every right to believe this.

Ask yourself these questions when thinking about your decision on Amendment One.

From an article I read today:

  • Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I support stripping health insurance away from same sex partners of city and county employees, who bargained with their employers for those benefits?
  • Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I support overturning legally valid wills?
  • Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I want to interfere in my fellow citizens’ personal health care decisions?
  • Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I support taking children out of loving families, and giving them to the State?
  • Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I want to increase the number of uninsured motorists driving on the highways of my State?

Speaking to Republicans, Tea Partiers, Libertarians, conservatives, constitutionalists, people against big government, and anyone else who think human rights shouldn’t be stripped away by government: why would you support this amendment?

Luke 6:37 says

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven
You have NO RIGHT to condemn someone based on their beliefs, based on their choices, based on how they live their life, or based on who they love.

Acts 10:3435 says

34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
35. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

If God is no respecter of persons, we shouldn’t be either.

Romans 9:1516

15. For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.“
16. So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.“
God delivers his mercy and his grace at HIS will, not ours.

John 1:1113

11. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13. children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

Who you are, where you came from, your outward appearance/what you choose to do, nothing makes you more likely to be saved than anyone else.

1 Corinthians 1:2629

26. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
29. so that no one may boast before him.

God doesn’t care about those things that make one man different from another. His grace is not attracted by anything good in a man, and his grace isn’t turned away by anything evil in a man. So IF you think that loving another HUMAN is wrong, then that’s okay. Just don’t force your beliefs onto someone else.

Galatians 2:16

Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

You can’t get salvation by doing good works, and you may think that voting yes to this amendment is doing God’s work, well, you’re wrong. If salvation came by human works of righteousness, then Christ died in vein. If works contribute to salvation, grace would be null and void. If we were saved by works, then it means God is paying a debt, which is false. He owes us NOTHING. Since grace is a gift, freely given by God, works get you nowhere.

Now to quote a very good friend, chosen brother, brother in Christ, and pastor, Jonathon Hughes:

This is not a religious thing. it’s about our rights being taken from us. as a married, heterosexual man many would say that I would be unaffected by this amendment, but any man who stands idly by while rights are removed from other people is no man at all.”

I hope this changes some minds. Ignorance is not bliss. Stupidity is killing us all. Bigotry is hate. And thinking you’re better than someone, and moreover have the right to take their rights from them, is one of the biggest sins of all.

Inform yourself.

Make your own decisions.

Don’t follow the crowd.

Stand up for your brothers and sisters.

I am a Christian, and I do not support this amendment.

Comments

  1. Les Porter 7 May 2012 at 1:40 PM

    You listed so many Bible verses I’m a little surprised you didn’t at least touch on or explain some of these. What are your thoughts on the following?

    Leviticus 18:22 — Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

    1 Timothy 1:1011 — The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

    Hebrews 10:26 — Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.

    2 Peter 3:3, 1618 — Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. Some of his (Paul’s) comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.

    John 14:15 — [Jesus speaking] If you love me, obey my commandments.

    • Ali 7 May 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Ok, now can you emphasize on the CONTEXT of these passages?

      • Les Porter 7 May 2012 at 9:29 PM

        Christians (Followers of Jesus Christ) need to ask themselves a question when they read this blog post. Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God and 100% true? Or do you choose to cherry pick the parts you agree with?

        I don’t know anyone who likes everything in the Bible. It’s OK, we’re human. But that doesn’t make it false.

        • JustSaying 8 May 2012 at 1:22 AM

          You also can’t “cherry pick” the parts you like. Do you follow all of the commandments in Leviticus?

  2. Dallen 7 May 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Les, you are correct that the Bible does indeed say all those things. However there is one point I always bring up: we are all sinners. I have sinned today. You have sinned today. The author of this post has sinned today. What gives us the right to call homosexuals out for their sins when we are just as guilty? When the Pharisees presented to Jesus an adulterer who was to be stoned Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

    Either way, whether it’s a sin or not, we have separation of Church and State in the US. We can’t make laws based off theological principles. Which to me kind of brings down the whole “Homosexuality is a sin and thus should be outlawed” argument more than anything in the Bible.

  3. Les Porter 7 May 2012 at 3:08 PM

    To your first point, what does the Bible say about enabling sin? Is that loving your neighbor? Also, does God bless the nation that honors Him?

    Your second point is invalid because you can’t separate bias from the individual. They believe what they believe. For many people, if you separate them from their faith they cease to be who they are. Lastly, it’s freedom of religion not freedom from religion. Our founders were pretty clear in their faith.

    • Ali 7 May 2012 at 6:40 PM

      So what about all the people who aren’t religious? Part of the reason for separation of church and state is so no one has to follow religious-based laws. So if gay marriage were completely legal, you, as a Christian with your own beliefs, are not forced to marry someone of the same sex. In contrast, someone who is gay and isn’t christian can marry whom he/she wishes/loves. Furthermore, if someone isn’t a Christian, it isn’t a sin to them to be married to someone of the same sex.

      One more thing. The Bible also says it’s an abomination to eat shellfish.

      Deuteronomy 14:910
      These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.

    • Dallen 8 May 2012 at 11:27 AM

      You mean Thomas Jefferson who made his own version of the Bible that took out all the supernatural aspects? Or who was fascinated by the Muslim faith and studied it…well, religiously?

      Or Tea Party favorite Thomas Paine, who was a staunch atheist?

  4. John 7 May 2012 at 4:18 PM

    The Bible, when considered in its entirety, is a message about peace, unending love, grace and equality. Trying to use it in a legalist manner does no justice to the Book as a whole and ignores its true message.

  5. Jacqui 7 May 2012 at 10:58 PM

    My sex life is nobody’s business except for mine and my partner (man OR woman). Thanks, but I would appreciate if you would all stay on the outside of my bedroom door.

  6. Tom 8 May 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Romans , Chapter1 makes it pretty clear, as does Genesis, Chapter 2. Amendment One should be supported!
    BTW, separation of church and state is a familiar whipping boy; it speaks not of dividing the church from government, but rather keeping the government out of any church.

  7. Tom 8 May 2012 at 12:07 PM

    We should not prosecute LGBTs; that is absurd.
    But, as believers, we should love the person and hate the sin. Yes, that exclusivity is possible! Support Amendment One!

  8. Thomas 9 May 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Lev 25:44 [KJV] Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. [NIV] Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves.

    And many verses like this were used to support bigotry. I’m sure the spin is coming

    How about this one?

    Exodus 35:2 [KJV] Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. [NIV] For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.

    That seems pretty clear to me