With the recent defeat of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), a bill opposing same-sex marriage, many people in America are at a crossroads about the Supreme Court same-sex ruling. It is not something that should be so shocking considering how far this country has come, though it still has a long way to go. Recently, Yahoo News asked Americans for their reactions to the ruling. The gentleman in this article is a minister of a small church. Does it matter what church? No. So therefore I am not focusing my writing on it. What I am trying to bring across to the table is that everything is still being focused Religion versus State. The gentleman says:
I’m a 55-year-old minister of a small evangelical church in Southern California, specifically Placentia, right in the heart of a conservative bastion. With my faith and beliefs, one would think I’d be at home living in this part of the country, but the Supreme Court’s decision changes that. A cornerstone of my faith is the foundation of my church’s belief system — the Bible. And while I acknowledge there are countless disagreements over interpretation of the Bible, my faith tells me marriage is defined as union between a man and woman — not just two consenting adults — essentially agreeing with Proposition 8. My congregation follows and adheres to the judgments of the same faith.
I am at a crossroad: Do I preach on my faith’s traditional definition of marriage or do I conform to the modern evolution mandated through the courts? I’m pressed to choose between love for my faith and my love for my country — a simple, but difficult choice. Freedom of speech has the potential of being lost in the land of equality. And the quandary for pastors becomes greater in regard to speaking on the convictions of their faith. The Supreme Court’s ruling favoring same-sex marriage forces pastors like me to make a disagreeable choice: love of faith or love of country?
Why does there need to be such conflicting choices among church and the general population? Everyone keeps quoting the Bible and though this man is entitled to his opinion about marriage equality, which is obviously not something he is for, I do not think that anyone has the right to constantly drag the Bible into this. How many years ago was the Bible written? Yes, that is right – no one knows a hundred percent of anything. I may sound cocky but we are not to judge anyone. We are entitled to our own opinion but it is wrong to contradict oneself when it comes to using religion versus marriage equality. When is society going to realize that love is love and there is no book written on love? Our hearts convey to us whom we fall in love with and whom we choose in life. A book, especially the Bible, does not quote people to whom they are entitled to wed. This minister has a difficult choice but it is something so simple: One can still remain faithful to their religion while respecting others’ wishes. How difficult is that? For the common sense people with true heart, not very difficult at all. I was raised to respect every religion and spirituality and at the same time I fully support marriage equality and I feel that even if I was a specific denomination (which I am not), then I would still not find it difficult to support people that choose to love whom they love. If there is Freedom of Religion, there should be Freedom of LOVE! Source: Yahoo!