I was listening to Diane Rehm this morning, I just can’t stomach Glen Beck. The topic was gay marriage and her panel consisted a mix of supporters and opponents to laws being passed around the country in support of equal rights.
A caller called in from Michigan and spoke of her personal experience. Her children have several friends who have 1 or more gay parents. As often occurs, the parents of children friends begin to become friends. Soon the families were having dinner here and there, the kids would have sleepovers and all the normal things that happen with kids.
But then she went on to explain that as a Christian she does feel that marriage is between one man and one woman – and therefore doesn’t support gay marriage. Further she went on – whenever she mentions her stance in company, at least someone will claim she’s a bigot and a hater.
She wanted to hear advice on how to handle her dilemma.
My response would be simple and straightforward.
“Lady, do you believe it is a sin to take the name of the Lord in vain?”
She’ll answer, “Why yes, of course it is.”
“Well, do you think that we should pass a law making that illegal? Further, just because you might think that such language is a sin, do you think that people who DO use such language are going to hell? Or, further – do you hate them?”
Look, I am fully supportive of the legal right of free people to live how they want to. When it comes down to “Is it a sin?”
Well, I don’t really know or care. There are a TON of things that I DO think are sins and people all over creation have no issue with them.
- Premarital sex
Anyway – this whole debate seems to simple to resolve. You can still think a thing is “wrong” and yet have it be legal.