As a conservative Christian who grew up in the deep south, homosexuality is not a topic I'm familiar with confronting.
Like many Christians, I've thus far been resolved to debate gay marriage and homosexuality in the kind of tip-toed broad terms that I also use to discuss things I don't understand (see: economics). However the time has come to take a side, so here we go.
This semester I enrolled in a course called "Queer Theory" at the university. It's taught by my advisor who's a very intelligent woman who works in the English/Women Studies department. On the first day of class I was hit head first with a level of intelligent discussion which I would have never anticipated.
As a Christian, homosexuality is a really hard topic to discuss because of a couple fundamental contradictions in the modern church.
- The bible says homosexuality is a sin.
- Christians are supposed to love everyone.
As a band aid solution, I've known many friends (myself included) to gloss over the issue by saying that they don't agree with gay marriage or homosexuality but that they choose to love the person anyways (despite their gayness I suppose). That's kind of how I've always acted--sure I have a few gay acquaintances, but it would be quite a stretch to say that I'm socially surrounded by homosexuals. For a long time this has seemed to reconcile my opposing opinions that homosexuality is wrong and that all people deserve equality. But this class has helped me realize that ignorance is never admirable.
One day when my kids ask me why people used to believe that homosexuals were a lesser class of human than heterosexuals, I refuse to answer them with "that's just how it was." If you don't see the parallelism to the civil rights movement and all the struggles that African Americans had to go through in order to become equal citizens then you need to do some research (sorry if that sounds condescending). Whether or not you believe that homosexuality is a choice or an inherit characteristic of some humans (after hearing some stories from classmates, that opinion seems increasingly improbable), I don't think it changes the fact that you should believe in equal rights as an American.
I am a Christian. I believe that a man named Jesus died for my sins thousands of years ago and that is what will ultimately deliver me to salvation.
I also believe that my job as a believer is to do my best to emulate Jesus' lifestyle here on earth as best I can, which to me means loving those around me as best I can. I have never in my life met a single person who became a practicing Christianity by being bullied into it. Do I believe that homosexuals deserve the right to be married in the United States? Yes.
We cannot conveniently claim freedom for all. If we are free, then so is everyone else.
Part of freedom means that you have the freedom to think whatever you like, and thank God for that because it is wonderful. But I warn you now, I will not condone any hateful or violent comments on my blog. If you choose to post please keep that in mind.
Thank you for reading.