Is It In The Bible Or Is It What You Have Heard? Is It Your Opinion Or Is It Biblical?

Okay I am far from being a bible scholar and far from being perfect. I have some issues and one is using choice words like damn and hell. However I do it because some folk don’t get it unless I do. I have some other issues I am working on as well. I am a work in progress. But trust me if and when I am to take on a title, I am going to change some some things in my life because I will attempt to live by example. I am talking about things that I have control over so don’t get it twisted.

Some folk just get all ignant when it comes to talking about sins.

Just a little ignant moment for now. Just because I don’t see a man and woman in the bed don’t mean they ain’t having a sexual relationship, but if I see you having an outward relationship which appears you are going together and one or both of you have a wife and/or a husband, hell that is enough right there. A sin is a sin. Oh no, according to who telling the story. But don’t matter to me because  what the bible say?

Because I talk about something and you say don’t judge others, well why does it have to be judging and can’t simply be holding one accountable? Well if I say something, call it judging or whatever. What does the bible say?

Now over the years and now moreso than ever church folk are saying that it is a sin to gamble, to drink and other stuff. In our bible study, lawd Jesus been some kinda good over the past couple of months that I have been attending because I refuse to sit there and not say anything. I can get real ignant!

I don’t care how long you been in the church, that you are a Pastor, Mother, Deacon and other positions you may hold, if you gonna tell me that it is biblical then show it to me in the bible or else it is your opinion.

Recently we have been discussing The Church Covenant and different churches in the Bible. However there has been some good discussion coming from the more in depth real time discussion on this and other matters that someone may have a question about.

I get so sick of folks trying to prove a point but don’t offer any substance with it. If you say it is biblical, show me.

We hear a lot about certain things that are called sins especially gay marriage, drinking and the lottery so is it biblical or is it just because some folk want to say it is a sin?

I ask you, is it a sin for a man to marry a man, a woman to marry a woman, to drink and to play the lottery? Show it to me in the bible!

Gay Marriages

What I don’t understand is all of the ignant damn conversation about gay marriages.

I have gay friends and I treat them just like straight folk so I call that equalization.

My question is if you are going to look at the gay marriage from a religious standpoint, what does the bible say and I don’t mean adding your damn opinion. The word is the word no matter how you twist it.

Question number 2 is if you are going to look at gay marriage from the world standpoint, the law of the land (man’s law) then that is your choice.

Now either you are going to accept one or the other and whatever you choose I have no problem with it. But don’t try to choose for me.

If one has a job that will make them go against their religious beliefs then they need to choose to either stay and do what is required of them or get another job simple as that.

So for you, you and you, make your choice if you gonna talk about it, not make your choice and my choice because I am capable of making choices. I respect your choice and you need to respect mines.

Glad you asked what do I think about gay marriages? Whatever the bible say because I choose to look at it from a religious standpoint.

When it comes to the law of the land (man’s law) I respect that too.

Now Run & Tell That!

David Koch breaks from GOP on gay marriage, taxes, defense cuts – Politico

TAMPA, Fla. – Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget.

Koch, who is serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New York, spoke to POLITICO after delivering brief remarks at a reception held in his honor by Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group he chairs and has helped fund. (More)

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Watch This: 5th-Grader’s Gay-Marriage Speech – The Root

Watch This: Fifth-grader’s gay-marriage speech: Fifth-grader Kameron Slade was elected to represent his class in a schoolwide speech competition but had his subject matter denied by the principal, who deemed gay marriage an inappropriate issue. Kameron, who "thought that this was a real good winning speech for tomorrow," got to deliver the whole thing to NY1. (More)

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Saunders: Gay people didn’t go anywhere after N.C. vote – News & Observer

Say, didn’t we just vote to get rid of those people?

Well, how come there’s a bunch of ’em marching down the middle of the street?

A week after North Carolina voters joined the 19th century and 30 other states by voting to approve a constitutional ban on gay marriage, you can still see gay people working, walking down the street, at the gas station and at the mall. (More)

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Harnett elections head resigned over gay marriage referendum – Sandford Herald

LILLINGTON — Harnett County’s recently resigned elections director on Monday said she could not stay silent on the issue of gay marriage — a dilemma that caused her to leave her post as of Jan. 3.

In a statement appearing on bluenc.com, which identifies itself as an "independent website for progressive politics in North Carolina," Sherre Toler said it was impossible to stay in her job because she could not openly oppose an upcoming referendum. The May initiative allows voters to weigh in on a law, potentially defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and Toler said, "I cannot and will not be a party to such actions." (More)

Focus on job creation and the economy, not gay marriage by Geoffrey Cooper

Without shame and swift denial, I’ve always been proud to call North Carolina my home.

For 17 of my 24 years alive, I’ve enjoyed prosperous times in the Tar Heel state. I’m no longer a resident, but it is where I obtained a quality education and forged unforgettable, lifelong friendships. I hope to one day return to this great state to start a family of my own.

One important lesson I will teach my children is about tolerance. I want them to live in a world where individual differences are celebrated, and not suppressed because of ignorance or bigotry.

On Monday, a dark cloud was cast over North Carolina as the General Assembly debated a proposed state constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage altogether. That measure passed 75-42 in the N.C. House and is on to the Senate. If the Senate gets enough votes, residents statewide will be able to vote on the amendment during the May primary.

Mind you, the state already has on the books a law that defines marriage between one man and one woman.

It has been no secret that Republicans – who control the General Assembly after more than a century of rule by the Democratic Party – are adamant about getting revenge. Republican’s take-no-prisoners attitude was most effective during the crafting of their partisan redistricting plan and budget, which squeezes the life out of every level of education throughout the state.

For years, the legality of gay marriage has been a scorching hot topic for conservatives throughout the country. State Republican leaders want to strike now on the issue while they have the votes handy.

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, originally said the vote on the constitutional amendment would take place during the November 2012 elections. Now he’s saying a vote on the amendment will move to the May primary in order to take politics away from the matter.

Yeah right Mr. Speaker. Nice try though.

Any political pundit or reasonably sane person can see through this ploy. It’s a given Republicans are going to show up in large numbers to cast their vote for a candidate to take on President Barack Obama in the November elections. What better time – and cowardly way – to get the votes you need.

Meanwhile, our state unemployment rate has jolted to 10.1 percent, and thousands of families are contemplating how to put food on table, or where the next paycheck is going to come from.

So tell me lawmakers, what are you really worried about in Raleigh? Having the backs of working families, or catering to big-money interest groups for the next election?

A huge part of the GOP’s platform this session has been less government intrusion and fiscal responsibility. Yet, those positions have taken a back seat regarding this matter. All of a sudden it’s alright for the government to tell Bob and Henry, two consenting adults, that it’s unlawful and immoral for them to love each other and legally wed. What’s next, a statewide abolition for couples to file for divorce?

Plus, this amendment sends a bad message to potential job creators who might be eager to invest in our state. How do lawmakers expect large, diverse companies like Apple or Google to ever do business in North Carolina if we are ostracizing our own people because of sexual preference?

Furthermore, the Bible continues to be used as a crutch for political posturing during this debate. I don’t claim to be omniscient of every scripture and book, but who are we to sit here and cast judgement on homosexuals just because they live a different lifestyle than straight people?

How is that and carelessly touting the public with scriptures of homosexuality being immoral Christ-like? If we are going to go there, doesn’t God also order us to be compassionate toward each other, and that HIS judgement is the final word?

Let’s try to return these stones back to the dirt and keep them out of our hands.

In order for our state to remain competitive, we must move past trivial matters and focus on the big picture – that’s education, jobs and the future of our economy. Anything else is a non-factor.

If this amendment makes it to the ballot next May, I can only hope that the good-natured people of this state will defeat it. That will send a loud message to our lawmakers and the majority in control that we have bigger issues to worry about.

We are better than this. Let’s show the world we can look past pettiness and political agendas and be the state that puts people first. Every person – regardless color, sex, religion or lifestyle – deserves a shot at equality and a peaceful way of life.

Geoffrey

Unconstitutional: Federal Court Overturns Proposition 8, Gay Marriage Ban in California – Source: ABC News

A federal judge in California ruled today that the state’s same-sex marriage ban amounts to unconstitutional discrimination and should be immediately struck down.

The state’s Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license," wrote U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in a 136-page decision. (Read more @ ABC News)