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What Does the Bible Say About Abortion and Same Sex Marriage Laws
and Cheating, Unfaithful Politicians?
America's Politics of Morality
While hordes of children walk homeless on the streets of our largest cities, while we declare war on countries halfway around the world - killing thousands of our own and hundreds of thousands of innocent foreigners (not to mention the cost to our national debt), and while millions of Americans live without adequate healthcare, the nation remains fixated on (and distracted by) bigot moral issues. Citizens fervently cluster to explain what the Bible says about abortion, same sex marriage, and politicians who commit adultery while in office, but fail to recognize such debates appear petty in comparison to our real problems.
Same Sex Marriage Laws
So many Americans wish to deny homosexuals the same public recognition of partnership, the same penalties and benefits of household status, the same turmoil and bliss of a long haul monogamous pact. Allowing gay marriage, or even civil unions devoid of religious implications, in itself, hurts no one. No physical or social harm derives from such a law. It merely infuriates a part of the population who finds the allowance immoral, even though other than those people knowing homosexuals can and do marry, the act itself will affect them in no other way.
It seems rather ironic too, that in a nation where the divorce rate hovers around 50%, where less and less people tend to marry, and where many believe family to be the backbone of the USA, people actually want to refuse others to be able to join in wedlock.
I think Americans have bigger issues to be concerned about, like the deficit spending of the country. It doesn't take a room full of economists and sociologists to understand the detrimental long term impact this will create. The long term affect of homosexual marriage? Fanatical speculation at best.
“We don't like to kill our unborn; we need them to grow up and fight our wars.”
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?
Does life begin at conception or later down the 9 month long road? If someone aborts a birth, does she kill a life? What does the Bible say about abortion? At the current state of affairs - who cares? While activists, aggressive protesters outside abortion clinics, politicians, and everyone else bang heads about the issue, it looks as though the people we do know "count" as a life get ignored.
- What about all the children waiting for adoption (101,000+)?
- All the kids suffering in the foster care system (397,000+)?
- All the abused innocents under the hands of unfit parents (899,000+)?
- All the children under the hands of poverty?
It's sad that the same amount of energy, devotion, and air time does not focus on trying to create better laws and policies to save these lives.
And while on the subject of saving lives, many of the people against abortion support the eye for an eye death penalty. Many more support a government that goes to war for trivial reasons costing hundreds of thousands of lives and displacing thousands of others. These people would prevent the ending of a life before it truly begins, but hold no qualms about ending the lives of who already walk amongst us. Poor medical care due to lack of personal resources and horrible nursing home care also leads to many deaths. It's time for the masses to start worrying about the people already brought into the world and saving them.
"I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me."
Cheating, Unfaithful Politicians
Over the past decade numerous American politicians resigned or rather, fell victim to multiple forces pushing them out of office and ending their careers. Why? Because they cheated on their wives or came out of the closet. I find it ironic that in most of these cases their wives did not push the issue. In fact, their wives stood by their side, just like Hillary stood by Bill in the nineties. Obviously, Americans missed the point.
The wives know about the activities of their husbands. In fact, the wives probably cheat too. Many of these elitist marriages form for the gain of power, status, and money anyway - a long standing tradition in the human history of the ruling classes. A strategy that worked well for Hilary Clinton who almost made it back into the White House. Even in the Kobe Bryant "scandal," his wife supported him through the ordeal. No victim, no foul. The only ones crying murder is the American public, not having anything better to entertain themselves with, not having any car accidents to watch or attempted terrorist threats to worry about.
Consider all the people that cheat on each other, commit adultery, imagine every one of them being crucified on television and blacklisted forever from their professions. The nation would sink into complete chaos. I don't remember ever walking into a job interview and being asked if I ever cheated on my spouse - it's not a qualification for working in this country. As long as politicians (who we all assume lie, cheat, and feed from the hands of lobbyists and interest groups anyway) do their jobs and effectively run the country, it's none of our business what they do in their personal life.
"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."
Are you ready to change?
Christians, Republicans, and Hypocrite Democrats need to stop being so concerned about the going ons in America's bedrooms and uteri and more worried about the public domain. The media takes a great deal of fault as well, helping politicians and elites use the politics of morality to distract citizens from concentrating on what matters, from actually improving people's daily lives. Then again, the media simply caters to an audience - aiming for better ratings and higher profits, news stations will dish out whatever gossipy and paltry topics our minds will jump to consume.
So, I guess the change will need to come from within, to put aside a few personal beliefs, so the government and society as a whole can start repairing the real damage that surrounds us.
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
That's why I support Bernie Sanders
His message and the problems facing America he wishes to fix. Even if he does not get elected, even if he cannot change the system if he does become President of the United States, at least he's filling the media and Internet with the issues that matter.
- Income inequality, reforming Wall Street and our financial system, and creating a true living wage
- Poverty and child homelessness
- Healthcare reform, medication costs, and veteran care
- Racial injustice, women's rights, and the rights of the LGBT community
- Fair and humane immigration policies
- War should be our absolute last option
- Money corrupting government, politics, and taking the voice from the American people
- Mass incarceration, criminalization of victimless acts, and turning prisons into corporate profit
- Higher education costs and student debt
Great change is not impossible, it just takes a great collective will :)
"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”