Was not our great country founded because of religious persecution and is said to be the land of the free? Yet, same sex couples are persecuted, beaten, shammed, and live in fear because of whom they love. I am hurt by the actions of some in the Christian community because of their hypocrisy, historical revisions, and selective application of biblical law.
In case you didn’t know, Gay families are taxed the same as you are with our houses, our levy for schools, and our dollars support all public institutions, such as the courts, police, and hospitals. Yet, in the end, our contributions to this same system are used to deny us equal rights to the same benefits as married families. For example, married families get to combine their incomes and can claim a larger tax refund because of additional deductions for their spouse. And, the same public hospital that we support with our tax dollars has the legal authority to deny us access to our committed spouse when even in a critical emergency or even on their death bed. There are nearly 1400 benefits that we, Gay Taxpayers, contribute to in our country, and still, we are denied the same use as married families and denied freedom to love and share life with whom we want.
It wasn’t so long ago that Blacks were not considered a whole person and thought to be “simple minded” and needing guidance for even the most basic of tasks. And, whites and blacks weren’t allowed to drink of the same water, marry, or use the same bathroom for fear of contamination – yet, they were allowed to breast feed and groom the white children for a successful life by teaching them manners, values, and a sense of self. This fact is the zombie contradiction of the seemingly reasonable and the irony of their hypocritical lies. Now, the black church dares to join in on the carnage, cannibalism, and “lynching” like style of a persecuted group – they choose to throw rocks at the victim from the supposed sanctity of holiness and “God Word” when many of their own Houses are in desperate need of a cleaning and sweeping before running and judging us. Just take a look at the state of much of the “church” given the continuous scandals, low memberships, and the preference for passively ignoring the economic poverty and crisis endemic in our communities on squarely on their door steps. Whatever happened to the historical leadership in difficult times shown by the church?
For those that asserted that “marriage was founded and sanctioned by GOD between one man and one woman, as recorded in God’s word from the beginning.” This was apparently gleaned from the Bible. If this book does indeed set forth as the only divinely ordained human union, one man and one woman, then its historical contents should support and advance this. But this is where it gets confusing given that nearly 55 percent of all marriages already end in divorce and the Catholic Church, which calls their divorces “annulments,” are no exception to the rule. So, here is a bit of history that seems forgotten by my “good Christian” brothers and sisters – I intentionally used a small “c” in use of the word Christian with those who claim more “HOLY” and have more “Devine Authority” than they should.
The believed father of both Jews and Arabs, Father Abraham, had a wife, Sarah, but he also had a concubine, a secondary wife, by whom he had a son. This arrangement posed no problem for God until the issue arose to which woman’s son was the rightful heir.
The progenitor of the Hebrew nation, Jacob, later renamed Israel, had two wives and two concubines, his wives’ slave girls. God didn’t condemn Jacob for his bigamy, but instead blessed this family unit with many sons, who became the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel.
King David, God’s anointed one, divorced his first wife after she criticized him for dancing naked in the street, had Bathsheba’s husband killed and then married her, had multiple wives and concubines by whom he sired many children. In later years, he had a beautiful young woman as his regular bedmate (“to keep him warm”) while Bathsheba slept elsewhere. His son Solomon had 700 princesses and 300 concubines. What a guy!!!!
Ezra, an advocate of ethnic cleansing, ordered all Israeli men who had married Canaanite women to divorce them and send them and their children away. Later, God commanded the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute who would be unfaithful and whose children would be immoral.
Where is the so-called “sanctity of marriage” as defined by the “family values” organizations and ministers in these biblical stores??? Even Genesis 19:36 has Lot sleeping with both his daughters (they got him drunk, not his fault), but shortly after we find old Abraham admitting that his wife Sarah is his half-sister. Jacob then pledges himself to Leah, Rachel and Bilhah, and, not to be outdone, wise Solomon had racked up 700 wives! Deuteronomy 21:15 has some good advice on what to do with two wives – and so on.
Yes – I am cherry picking and I’m certainly no biblical scholar, but I know better than to deny my own prejudices and judgments by claiming intimacy of GOD’s will and intentions. To claim that, beyond GOD’s personal message to me, is to attempt to equate myself with Him who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and all knowing. It is amazing how so many readily claim this place next to him in “holiness” when they themselves are not foughtless to stand before HIS throne.
I hope now that you can see and remember that the church and life are not so simple. If it is difficult for you now, just imagine what it is like for us who love and happen to be Gay? We are simply asking for the same rights you already have and allow us to do as GOD commanded us too when HE said “…the greatest commandment is that you love one another…”
Believing that GOD is STILL my savior and redeemer,