Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gay marriage, Jesus, divorce, hypocrisy

I wrote a trio of stories yesterday about North Carolina's "Defense of Marriage" act, and the rally for it, and the press conference against it, at the state capitol.

It has always seemed to me that, if you want to limit someone else's rights, no matter how odd the exercise of that right seems to you, you need to have a really good reason.

Are we the kind of society where "God says it's wrong" is reason enough? Maybe. But you better be sure God says it's wrong.

I do not pretend to know God's will. He seems to leave us mysteries, and let us figure them out as best we can. And I'm no scholar, but I've yet to find Jesus condemning homosexuality in the Bible.

Pastors at yesterday's rally pointed to Matthew 19: 4-5, in which the pharisees are trying to trick Jesus into contradicting himself on holy law:
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
As ralliers said, here we have an affirmation of marriage between a man and woman, which is what the bill in question would put into North Carolina's constitution. But read three sentences further:
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Here you have not just a positive affirmation of marriage, but a specific condemnation of most divorces.

So I guess my question is, how come 2,000 people didn't show up at the state capitol yesterday asking for a constitutional amendment outlawing divorce? For that matter, how come no one asks their government to turn the other cheek?

We don't even dip our flag to other nations. Remind me, was pride one of the virtues Jesus preached, or is it possible that we are a nation of many hypocrites?

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