First off, before I get into today’s letter, I’d like to personally thank everyone who has taken the time to email us. We’ve been overwhelmed by all the feedback, comments, and suggestions.
Due to the volume we receive we can’t personally respond to or comment on each one. However we do read all the emails we receive and they are greatly appreciated.
With today’s letter I’m sure I am going to piss quite a few readers off. I thought long and hard about writing this letter, I even prayed about it.
However, I view this group as more of a community discussion. Sure we talk about the news and add our commentary, but I’d also like to discuss issues affecting our country.
One major issue that has arisen this year is the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. Many of my fellow Christian brothers and sisters are appalled by this ruling. They believe homosexuality is sinful.
Now, I’m not trying to argue the bibles view on homosexuality. Ultimately, God will judge us all after we leave this Earth.
When it comes to homosexuality and many other social issues and laws I tend to have more of a Libertarian leaning opinion. I may not personally agree with it all, though what a person does in the privacy of their own home is their business.
As long as it’s not infringing on my rights and hurting others, it’s none of my business.
Gay marriage was a little different to me. I had always grown up knowing that marriage was something between a man and a woman. The purpose of that marriage was to create families and lovingly raise children.
When I married my wife we did so in the church. We offered up our vows and made a commitment to each other in front of God and our family. By doing so, I believe God consecrated and blessed our marriage.
Which brings me back to gay marriage… When my wife and I married we did so in the church in front of God. Sure we went through the legal process and were issued a state sponsored marriage certificate.
Though are all “legal” marriages viewed the same way in the eyes of God?
In fact, I recently had a conversation with a Catholic Priest in my area. I asked him if the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will affect the Catholic Church. His answer was…
“It will not affect it at all. Marriage is a holy sacrament that can only take place between a man and a woman in front of God. No ruling by men can affect that. The church will continue to offer the sacrament of marriage between men and women just as it has for centuries.”
There are lots of things that happen “legally” in this country that I might not agree with and are sinful. You can gamble, purchase marijuana, and even solicit prostitutes.
Does that mean that they all have God’s approval since they are protected by state law? Of course not, but that’s up to God to judge sinners, not me.
I choose to follow the word of Jesus and love all. After all, one of Jesus’ closest friends was Mary Magdalene. God will be the ultimate judge of the actions of each man and woman on this earth.
I can certainly see why many people are offended by this ruling. However, I know that regardless of what laws are passed true marriage can only take place in front of God.
So what are your thoughts?
Now some feedback on our informal backs against the wall, no other choice Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders poll:
“Good question….granted distasteful as it was. On any battle field you must know your friends, enemies and neutrals. Scary to say but if I did not comment seppuku I might have to go with the Hillary choice, gaaggga!
Also been reading many responses to your various questions which I do find thought provoking. I have discovered a lot of passion in folks out there but it is obvious that by many of responses that we live in a sound bite world. By this I mean it appears that folks latch on to something in the beginning of an article without reading it through to find out, as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story.” You get this in the mainstream news media all the time which forces you to go dig out the real facts. Unfortunately news now days is commentary and station hype. It seems to me no one reports news hardly anymore (excuse me) nationwide not our local stations which are getting that way also. Sorry I will get off my soap box. Keep up the good work!”
My Comment: Hey Bill, thanks for reading and commenting. Hopefully it won’t come to that.
Also appreciate your comment on people latching on to something at the beginning without reading the “rest of the story”. I’m sure that will certainly happen with today’s message. People will say… “How can you be for Gay marriage?”
That’s not what I said. I just believe that marriage happens before God it’s not determined by a state issued sheet of paper.
“If the choice comes between Sanders and Hillary, I stay home, and wait for death. Either one will create a future I don’t want to live in, and my kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids will abhor. They don’t even like what is happening up to now, and the might all move out of the country.”
My comment: I sincerely hope you do not have to become a hermit.
“No Hate Mail from me ever!
I would not vote for Bernie Sanders for one very good reason. He IS Too Old. 73 years is too old for anyone to begin anew.
Keep in mind, I first voted for Harry S. Truman and have been a loyal Democrat most of the time.”
My comment: It’s nice to not get hate mail, especially from the other side.
At that point I would support an armed revolution in this country
My comment: We’ve got to get out there folks. I really don’t want it to come to this.
Well that’s it for today. Tomorrow I hope to have something a little bit lighter and funnier than today’s topic. It will be Friday after all.