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If you are a Christian, I believe this issue has to be looked at two ways. As a Christian and as an American. Yes, the majority of the founders of our nation were Christian. However, they did not imagine a world where homosexual marriage would be as big of an issue as it is today. Therefore, they left room in the constitution for gay marriage.
The first amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Christianity does not allow gay marriage. You can look at the Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and dissect the culture any way you want. In the end, the Old and New Testament does not allow it. Obviously, there are other religions in America today that allow it. I believe our constitution allows them to marry. This is a financial decision that has ramifications in taxes, death benefits, insurance, etc.
The constitution allows everyone to break each other’s religious laws as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of someone else.
This morning, I woke up to the results of yesterday’s elections. Several of the people I voted for were elected. Several were not.
I was really hoping a miracle would happen and Susan Narvaiz would win against Lloyd Doggett. She is a personal friend and would be a great in the US Congress. As my video stated, I voted Republican in the Presidential race. It was so very close.
My thoughts on where we go from here:
1. Whether your candidate won or lost, relax in the fact that God is in control. Probably one of the most dangerous things for a Christian is for their candidate to win. Makes it easy to put faith in the wrong spot.
2. Humble ourselves. Pray for our leaders.
3. Speak out on issues that are important to you. Get involved where necessary.
4. BE the change that we often want others to be. Live the gospel.
5. Study this text
Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
“Pro-life” and “Pro-choice” both seem to have such a negative connotation. I immediately think of extremists. Why do I think of that? Because when ever pro-lifers are shown on television, they only show the strange, extreme, and often illegal protestors of abortion. I have a negative vibe with pro-choice people, because I completely disagree with them. This has left me and many others in my generation sitting on the sidelines doing…nothing. Saying…nothing.
‘There is nothing we can do.’
‘I don’t want to be associated with those people.’
‘We can’t change the laws.’
Thoughts like these resonate within our minds. I see pastors and leaders around me (that believe abortion is wrong), doing nothing on the topic. It is almost like it is a ‘late 80s/early 90s’ topic. We don’t see it fitting in our glossy sermon series. We don’t want to be controversial. We don’t know how to talk about it in a practical way. We might not even care.
Early voting has started. Here are the people I endorse. I have met most of them and discussed their views. Some of them I know fairly well. Other (Donna Campbell) I have met briefly. Not all of them are in my district, precinct, etc. Those that I don’t know, I read about in the League of Women Voter Guide.