Prop 8 and Religion

I read an interesting article this morning titled Wielding religion as a weapon against gay marriage written by Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times.

And then I read another article, titled Religious Rhetoric and Gay Marriage, also in the LA Times by Sandy Banks.
It is really interesting to see the contrasting opinions of the churches mentioned in these articles and the general public in regards to this issue.
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4 thoughts on “Prop 8 and Religion

  1. I may be sorry for speaking up, but I don’t really see a difference in the opinions of the churches mentioned. I see a difference in the tone of the article, maybe the author? We cannot get around the fact that Jesus loves people, and that’s what we have to do. Christians are imperfect, saved by grace, and we love to the best of our ability. In addition, we live in a country that allows us to express our beliefs, at least for the time being. Why then, are we viewed as intolerant if we say we believe it is wrong for a homosexual relationship to be called marriage? The Bible clearly says that behavior is wrong. Do we believe the Bible, or do we not?The same holds true with Obama. It is clear that he supports abortion. It is clear from the Bible that abortion kills children whom God knows and loves. Why is voting for him even a question among Christians?

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  2. I agree with you in a lot of ways, Brandon. Maybe we just take away the government recognition of marriage altogether, let churches recognize or not recognize whatever marriage they want to, and we can just forget the whole thing! That’s what I would prefer, personally.

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  3. There’s quite a discussion going on over at facebook, and I’m sure everyone’s getting tired of this issue, but it’s good to discuss these things. I’m having a difficult time separating the role of government from the role of religion. Unfortunately, the issue of marriage is one of those in between issues the way our current laws are written.On one hand, I think, per the constitution we shouldn’t deny rights to anyone. But on the other hand, as a Christian, I do not approve of homosexuality.If this proposition sought to require churches to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies it would be a much clearer cut decision for me. The state should have no place in deciding church practices, but the question is should the church have a place in deciding state rules and regulations? Maybe so… and maybe not. We can’t expect our secular government to hold true to the moral rules of our religion when the government was designed to give religious freedom to all. However, with that said, shouldn’t Christians stand up for what they believe?I’m just talking myself in circles at this point. Why is being a good citizen and a good Christian so difficult?

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