The Middle Ground On Same Sex Marriages

Stand your ground, if you like, but debate and contemplate your decision.

The middle ground on same sex marriages is the line that in America separates church and state.
The middle ground on same sex marriages is the line that in America separates church and state. | Source

This is not intended as a theological discourse or a political rant....just my opinion today.


I will refer to this scripture from the King James Bible (Matthew 5:17-19): " Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Certainly men have changed many of the laws Christ was referring to during his life with the apostles and disciples. Big changes came almost immediately after Christ's crucifixion and ascendancy when, for example, his church undertook ministering to the gentiles and bringing them into full fellowship in his church. For a religious people and leadership, changes should follow inspiration and guidance from those divinely ordained to make such decisions.

Christians certainly want all people to feel at home in his church today. There are Christian denominations today which willingly marry same sex couples, while other churches hold that such marriages are not ordained of God. Which churches are correct in that view has, so far, been left for each denomination to decide.

My church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) adheres to its proclamation entitled “The Family: A Proclamation To The World” [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation_on_the_Family] and has a basic “Article of Faith” which reads "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

I support the spirit of both the Proclamation and that 11thArticle of Faith.

In civil government of our republic of the United States of America the majority should rule in civil matters and observe the separation of church and state in both civil and theological matters.

May it be that after sound debate and contemplation the same may be true in questions of civil marriage as long as neither church nor state overstep the established separation. Individuals have the privilege of living under the umbrella of civil laws, while remaining free to adhere to their personal religious beliefs, worshiping "how, where, or what they may" or even not at all.

The "middle ground" is exactly that, the same line which separates church and state.

I believe that each time civil society acts, as surely it will and has, God looks down with approval or disapproval and we find out the consequences which prophets old and new foretold.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.



Government sets laws for our public lives.
Government sets laws for our public lives. | Source
A church promotes adherence to moral and spiritual laws.
A church promotes adherence to moral and spiritual laws. | Source

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Well you have done a great job once again Demas. Personally I feel that marriage has (Should) have nothing to do with law, and likewise the law should stay completely away from any form of personal issue of the citizens. For example, If I belong to church "A" and adhere to it's guidelines, and those guidelines say my wife gets my estate when I die then that is the way it should be done.

What I am saying, is that I do not believe the government has any right to be involved in a spirtual decision such as marriage, and I further believe that there should be no laws whatsoever regarding marriage. I feel the problems with estate and such are a family matter and should remain so.

Well Done.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Another very good hub. Separation of church and state. Well written. Will the government follow it, like it is supposed to? We shall see. Voted you up.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Michele Travis: I just re-did a Hub I had done after 6,000 viewings of my Hubs, and I have no idea why one or more HubPages moderators didn't accept it. I thought I would try again now that I've reached 12,000, but I probably should have put it up as a brand new Hub rather than a re-work. 20/20 hindsight, I guess.

There are rabble rousers for ditching "In God we trust." Ahh, but now we have a leader who quotes the Golden Rule!


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Perspycacious

For marriage we have never had a separation of church and state. The real purpose of the 1st Amendment for the separation was that the state didn't become the church.

The problem or require the state to issue a license to make even a religious marriage ceremony legal is the problem, but it doesn't violate the amendment.

The middle ground would be for civil unions to have the equality for legal status and rights as those of marriage.

For example, civil union and marriage on the 1040 tax return. Community property for both in those states that have community property, and visitation rights in hospitals etc.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

ib radmasters: This discussion will continue, but I agree it can be settled at some point without overlooking the other issues important to this year's congressional and presidential elections. Some will consider it the overriding issue, we can help to keep the other issues before the public, too.


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Angelme566 4 years ago

Separation of church and state been an issue long time ago..

As a christian , i am not really for same sex marriage but i am always respecting people who are into it.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Angelme566: It isn't the couples at all. It's the coupling methods some of them delight in to express their affection which is not the intended use of the body as Christians and other religions understand. We each make our own choices, not always the same.

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