Amendment One Supporters Cloud Issue over Marriage

I will most likely make someone mad over this, but I was scrolling through Facebook and came across this post about the upcoming vote in North Carolina over gay marriage:

Christian Left Posting Against Amendment One

I understand the position these people have over the topic, but where do we get that standing against same sex marriage is against the teaching of Christ? His teachings stated what marriage was, so there is not a lot of support from his sayings on this matter. When you look at the matter of trying to be loving, supportive, or nurturing, I am lost on if these actions are to be directed towards the person or a civil status. Christ never once taught on these things did he? Be supportive of a person’s choice to marry? Yes, we are to be loving towards a person, but not their actions.

What we are talking about, outside of the religious connotations, is a redefinition of marriage. Marriage is not a civil right, despite what people want to say. Yes, it is a benefit that has been awarded to a select group of people, but it is not an entitlement to all people. This is a legal contract, so the government automatically prohibits minors and those with mental deficiencies from taking part in it. Are we not discriminating towards them by not allowing these groups of people to marry as well? When you are looking at the claims of legalized discrimination, ask where those who oppose this amendment stand on polygamy and why marriage should be limited as a union between only two people? If the desire is to remove all discrimination from marriage, then why is this being made about same sex attraction and not all parties who are forbidden to have a legally binding marriage?

The issue is not over equality, but how a society defines what marriage is.

The Abomination of Sodom?

I saw this on Facebook:

This verse is a valid verse, but it really needs to go with verse 50, so the full message of what is being said is not less.

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it. (Eze 16:49-50)

There is that abomination word that people always hate. In the Old Testament, there are 55 verses that have the word abomination in it. Outside of Proverbs, most of the verses deal with worshipping of false gods or cheating God out of worship. After that, the abominations are the “sexual sins” that we all know. There is on mention of abomination dealing with “one who acts dishonestly”, but nothing about the mistreating the poor and needy.

This is not to say that that behavior is appropriate or even acceptable, but it did not make it to the abomination category.

“If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife, oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself. (Eze 18:10-13)

Further on, Ezekiel separates the abomination from oppressing the poor and needy, but we still see how oppression of them leads to death. This is a better verse to comment on to support the need to take care of those who are suffering than trying to flip the sodomite title upon them.

There are few places where the abomination area mentioned caused God to remove people from the land.

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you. For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him. “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed perversion; their blood is upon them. If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. If a man takes a woman and her mother also, it is depravity; he and they shall be burned with fire, that there may be no depravity among you. If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. “If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity. If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and uncovers her nakedness, he has made naked her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from among their people. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to make naked one’s relative; they shall bear their iniquity. If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless. “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them. (Lev 20:7-23)

“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. (Deu 18:9-12)

We need to move pass using Sodom as proof that homosexuality is bad and focus instead on the fact that they were not worshipping the one true God. Our acts will express our hearts and the lack of God there is the problem. Not the things we do.

So we as Christians, need to stop modifying scripture to make it less offensive to people but at the same time we need to quit making the scripture more offensive to people to prove we are right. Focus on salvation and the rest will take care of itself.