Should We Deny the Rights of Same Sex Couples to Marry?
Are we justified to deny same sex couples the right to marry? Many people oppose same sex marriage to the point of wanting to kill gays and lesbians, citing that it is a sin that defies Christian morals. To be a Christian is to be like Christ. Would Jesus build a fence and incarcerate gays and lesbians, condemning them to death? That is exactly what a North Carolina Minister would like to do: kill all gays and lesbians. Pastor Charles L. Worley said if it were left up to him, he would build a 100 to 150 mile fence, electrify it, and put all gays and lesbians in there and in a few years they would all die. While it is true that all Christians do not share the views of Pastor Worley, still there are many who continue to act as enforcers of the Bible, believing they have the right to make people obey God’s law. But God does not obligate Christians to enforce His law; He simply tells them to share His character and His law with the world of unbelievers.
I am of the opinion that many Christians are getting confused, not making the distinction between that which is right, and the right of an individual to choose. So, are Christians right to deny another the right to choose if that person chooses that which is wrong? Did God not give Adam a choice in the Garden of Eden? God told commanded Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; He also told Him that if He did eat from it, that He would die. In essence, God gave Adam the right to choose between good and evil—right and wrong.
Although the Book of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 7, and verse 2, the Bible says that marriage should be between a man and a woman, people still have the individual right to obey or to disobey the Bible, and because it is their individual right as well as a right granted to them by God, we do not have the right to take away that right based on religious preferences.
Just as He did Adam in the garden, God has set before each one of us life and death, blessing and cursing (Deuteronomy 30:19), and He has left it up to us to choose the path we will take. However, there are many in the Church who would like to take away that right to choose by denying others of their God given right to choice.
The Bible is a weapon; it is the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). God intended us to use the Bible as a weapon against spiritual forces of darkness (evil and deception). It was never intended for use against each other. But many Christians use the Word of God to kill those who are not like them.
Same sex marriage is not the only sin. Before we endeavor to be so zealous to enforce the Word of God, we should be aware that there is no degree of sin, because in the eyes of God, sin is sin. Let us also remember that we all have sin in our lives in one form or another and that it is our right to choose to sin or choose to be like Christ.
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