The Middle Ground On Same Sex Marriages
Stand your ground, if you like, but debate and contemplate your decision.
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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