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The Golden Rule and Gay Marriage – 7 Observations

First Observation – all of my gay friends are dead.  Well, not all of my gay friends, I have some younger gay friends that are not dead.  All of my gay friends that would be my age if they were alive, are dead.  A talented photographer and a wonderful father to four gorgeous sons – dead.  An award wining florist and a beautiful person inside and out – dead.  My husband’s first cousin – dead.  My sister’s nephew’s father – dead.

 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Second Observation – Our President cannot personally decide anything about marriage.  Marriage does not originate from our President, marriage does not originate from our government, marriage does not originate from man.  Marriage is a God institution  and as marriage originates from God, he has set out the parameters.

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man  called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh; 
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man. ”  

 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.  Genesis 2:18-24

Observation Three – Our President said that he was using his faith as a Christian and applying the “golden rule” that Jesus commanded  us to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  This statement is an oxymoron, as Christians we are to seek correction for disobedience to God’s laws.  As a Christian my desire is to have other Christians offer correction, not condone or coddle me in my sin.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me —that is oil on my head. 
My head will not refuse it,
    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Psalms 141:5

Observation Four – The actual physical union of a married man and woman is a sacrament.  It is a sacrament in the same sense that taking communion, the wine and the bread is a sacrament.  If you want to research this in more depth, I recommend “Theology of The Body” by Pope John Paul.

 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:32

Observation Five – In every instance in the Bible when the disobedience is brought into a sacrament, the participants died.  Read the stories in Leviticus 9:23 and Acts 5:1-11.

Observation Six – God does not love someone less for being gay.  God sent his son to die for ALL MANKIND,  His desire is that none should perish.  I cannot love someone less for being gay.  The church cannot love someone less for being gay. God does not love me less for my sin.  The church cannot love me less for my sin.  I cannot defend my sin and expect others to condone and coddle my sin.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.  Galatians 6:1

Observation Seven – If our government decides to offer civil unions for consenting adults, it may structure these civil unions in any way it chooses to structure them, as these unions will be a product of the government.  Our government, our President, any man cannot create a sacrament, a spiritual union, as it does not have the power or authority to produce such a union.