Unless you have been hiding under a rock or on Mars you have probably heard about the Sumpreme Court’s ruling in support of same-sex marriage last week. In the past week I’ve read a lot both in favor and against it. The reaction by Christian’s on both sides has been interesting. Personally, I’ve spent some time thinking about my position. For me it isn’t a simple issue and there are a lot of factors involved in my stance. So please take the time to read the entire post. This post is going to be a little rambling try to hang with me. Several factors influenced my decision.

First, I’m a Christian with conservative leanings, who takes my faith seriously.  I read somewhere that faith that doesn’t impact one’s daily life is useless. My faith influences my decisions and point of view.  So like other matters my faith influences my views on marriage.  Also I have a high regard for the Bible. I believe the Bible is the standard and provides guidance for how to live my life. However, I do not think it should  be used just to prove a point. Scripture needs to be studied in context (textual, hsitorical, etc).  Oh yeah I also believe that either you accept the entire Bible or none. We don’t get to pick the parts we like, but that is another post. Another issue being thrown around especially by conservative Christians is sin. Some are very quick to call homosexuals sinners. According to Romans 3 we are all sinners because as humans we are imperfect. By ourselves we are all unrighteousness and in need of grace. The whole grace thing comes back to the part about faith impacting ones life.  In Matthew 22 Christ sums the entire law with  2 commands love God and love people. Ok before the nasty comments start I’m not stating approval of someone’s life choices but rather respect.

The next factor is that I have friends who are gay or might be. Sexual orientation really isn’t a screen out question when selecting friends. I like who I like and that just doesn’t come up.  So if I had a friend in a same sex marriage it wouldn’t really change things. I like who I like, I’m loyal to my friends and don’t mess with my friends. 

So the next huge factor is that politically I am an independent. I want as little involvement in my daily life from government as possible. To me SCOTUS ruling seems more like legislation which should be left to the legislative branch not the judicial branch. Don’t forget that states rights are being trampled upon.  

Now for my views on marriage.  I believe that marriage was designed by God to be a relationship between a man and a woman for life.   So hang with me a little longer to explain.

I believe marriage has religious roots so the government should not legislate it.  However, if SCOTUS or other governmental branch created a civil union open to same – sex couples that would be different.

For me the biggest part of the statement is the for life part. Divorce sucks. The disolution of any relationship brings pain and hurt. Too many people I care about have or are experiencing that.  Wish I could just stop the pain.  Remember my statement about not messing with my friends,

While  you may not agree with my views please respect  them. You are entitled to your views and I will respect them. No matter which side you may be on this issue stop the strife.  Stop stirring up strife. Stop the bragging/whining. Instead take time to see the value in others.  Let love win in they way you treat others.

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