Monday, December 29, 2008

Politics, Faith and Homosexuality

So... I'm still stuck here. I put everything on the back burner through Christmas and tried not to think about any of it, unsuccessfully. The truth is that I am a bit of a people pleaser. I want everyone to be happy and to get along. I want to stay neutral in those areas that cause the greatest discord. However, isn't neutrality really a cop out of sorts?

Is it possible to have a society that is governed in complete absence of faith of any kind? Is it possible for those of deep faith to divorce their convictions in service to the society in which they live? What about humanism? Isn't that a faith of sorts minus a traditional church structure? If it is okay to do whatever you want as long as it doesn't infringe on another's right to do the same... why do we have any other laws at all?

Roland said something in the comment section of another post that has been in the back of my mind. He grew up on a farm and said that homosexuality is found in nature. I've heard that argument many times before. I guess if you are an evolutionist that would be a legitimate argument from the standpoint that we are all animals but... in the animal world that kind of behavior is about establishing dominance. I've never seen where that behavior in animals has been a (cough) completed act... if you get what I mean (uh... dying here). I think this argument is a weak one and doesn't take into account the unique ability of humans to reason and control themselves.

It has been my argument all along that homosexuality goes against nature. I still believe that. Are they created that way or is it a choice? There have been many studies and there has yet to be any discovery of a genetic link predisposing someone to that sort of activity. That being said, isn't all human action subject to that person's will? Even if someone is genetically predisposed toward any kind of aberrant behavior it doesn't remove moral responsibility or make the behavior right. What about, as Just Me pointed out, pedophiles? What about men/women that are chronically unfaithful to their spouse? What about eating disorders? I am personally familiar with that one. If choices are hard to make for some does that remove the responsibility for those choices?

How does all of this fit in with how our country is run? Do we stipulate that in order of fairness that all civil servants be void of faith? Who sets the standard? How can a state pass legislation regulating what kind of cooking oil restaurants use because of the harmful effects, yet people in that same state riot over decisions made during the election concerning gay marriage? It's okay for the state to regulate what people are eating? How does something like that go through when alcohol is legal? What about parading through the streets naked as a form of protest? How is that legal? How about in my own state where it is now legal for men and women to use whatever restroom they believe they belong in? Does anyone else out there find any of what is going on in our country bizarre?

If you are neutral are you complicit in those things in which you claim neutrality? Is it possible to love people that live a lifestyle that is detrimental to them? How do you reach out in love and acceptance of where they are and still maintain your standards of right and wrong? Don't we have a personal responsibility as citizens to live out our convictions... and are those convictions real if we are able to lay them to the side in favor of peace that will only last until the next battle to push the line back further?

As for the current fight for gay marriage rights... The common definition of marriage has always been the union of one man and one woman. Some online and newer dictionaries have added to their definitions to include more politically correct wording. I did a bit of research on civil unions and was shocked to learn that they are only available in some states and that there are some differences between legal marriage and a civil union... most notably the divorce option. I do not understand why the fire power behind the gay movement doesn't go after making civil unions more accessible. It seems to me that that would be the easier route. Looking at it from that perspective makes me feel that this fight really is a fight to undermine some basic tennets of our society. If it were only a fight for the same rights it would be apparent that the way to go would be through civil unions due to it being the path of least resistence yeilding the results they say they are seeking. However, this is also a battle over a word and the definition of that word... to the point of irrationality and a seeming desire to bend all others of another mind set to their will. There are many battlefronts here and you need to look at all of them. The push for earlier and earlier sex education in order to indoctrinate children into the belief that homosexuality is normal and good for one.

Monday, December 22, 2008

What are "Rights"?

We hear a lot about "rights." Just what are "rights"? There are Women's Rights, Children's Rights, Minority Rights, Gay Rights, etc. We have, "The Bill of Rights," here in the United States...

Where are the lines drawn? Who draws the lines?

I cannot be heard in places where there is background music playing. Do I have a right to make those businesses turn it off? I can't help that I can't be heard so does that mean that everyone else should be mandated to modify their behavior in order for me to be more comfortable?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Gay Marriage Continued...

Roland made a profound statement in his last comment on the last thread:

Conservatives argue so much about wanting 'freedom' from government, but then they insist on having the right to dictate how OTHER people live their lives.

As a Conservative I do want freedom from government.

My going back to whether homosexuality is a sin or not is me just working through it all in my mind from my core outward. I'm trying to understand and see homosexuals as people with histories, hopes, dreams, fears and lives they are trying to live in a world in which they are defined by their sexuality (whether chosen or not). I'm not known as a "heterosexual." I'm a woman... a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend.

I am trying to reconcile my faith with my political stands. Essentially, in this area, I have wiped out everything I previously thought and am attacking it from what is the beginning for me. My doing this on the blog is to, hopefully, draw others into the conversation to help me along the way. I know that in many ways my life experience is limited. I want to hear from others and what their experiences are and what they believe... and why.

Along with attempting to reconcile my faith with my political stands, I am also trying to decide how faith should or should not play a part in our governmental structure here in the U.S. I'm even wondering if Christians should be part of the political scene. Really, the inside of my head on these issues has become quite a mess.

That brings me to my questions for today:

1. If gluttony is a sin why do churches often participate in it? Why is it not condemned from the pulpits?

2. If we have the freedom to choose to accept the sacrifice of Jesus shouldn't we respect the freedom of others not to choose it?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Avoiding Politics

So... obviously I haven't been posting here. I stressed myself out and have been wanting to just bury my head in the sand. It is also the holidays and I just want to try to create some sort of Norman Rockwell views of our family, our home, and our country. I'm bored of the speculation of what Obama will do once in office. We'll find out soon enough. I haven't been keeping up with the political news. I just don't want to care about it right now.

However, I wanted to tackle the issue of gay marriage and did a lot of research. It has been causing me some real heartburn. It has brought me all the way back to my core beliefs and brought up so many questions that I just want to run away. But I can't. It is there. In the back of my mind. Bothering me. So, I am going to share some of those questions. Tell me what you think.

Questions:

1. If God has given us a free will to choose to follow Him or not, is it right to expect others to follow our convictions?

2. It seems to me that Christian morality has been under attack for some time. People are fighting against what they see as restrictions based on Christian principles. Aren't all laws based in some sort of morality? What is the standard? Who comes up with it? Some argue what is wrong for most is not wrong for all. Is our system really set up for majority rule?

3. Are there levels of sin? I always believed there were not. Aren't all of us guilty of sin?

I'll stop here for today. Believe me, I have many more questions. These questions are from a Christian trying to figure things out and I know all who read here are not of the same belief system.