This isn't a phrase you hear or see everyday, is it?
I've been a Catholic virtually my entire life. I do attend church, although not as often as I would like to. I do read the Holy Bible and I am a practicing Christian. I don't consider myself one of those radical Christians but I'm not a "Christian" who ignores all aspects of the Bible either.
I still have people confused how this can be. "You're a hypocrite"! "You don't know the Bible"! "You must be gay yourself"! The list is endless. However, it is perfectly logical for a Christian to support marriage equality and not be a hypocrite, nor should it matter in the first place. Below are my list of reasons and explanations as to why I stand.
1. Even though I'm a Christian, that doesn't mean everyone else is.
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Our first amendment rights guarantee a "Freedom of Religion" here in the United States of America. I don't care too much for our out-dated Constitution but even if we're not talking about the United States, I understand non-Christians exist. So even if you have a mindset "But homoexuality is against the Bible", this doesn't mean everyone else has to follow the Bible. This logic of thinking heaily fails, as you will see in my example below.
Let's say you are someone who loves to eat pork. However, let's assume a large group of Hinduists want to ban pork because it is against their religion. Wouldn't you agree this is narrow-minded? Wouldn't you feel as if these people are forcing their religion down your throat? Wouldn't you go into a rage because you can't have a delicious cheeseburger again?
This is EXACTLY my point. We have a freedom of religion and no religion should be forced on anyone(even if you live in a country without a freedom of religion,I still think you should be open-minded about this.)
2. Homosexuality/Not being straight as a sin is solely mentioned in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible
I mention this point to some people and I usually get a response which reads "So what"? Well, I hate to burst anyone's bubble but we're not living in the Old Testament era anymore.
If you're a Christian who follows our Holy Bible, you would understand that after Jesus died for our sins, we are now living in the New Testament era. This doesn't mean we aren't supposed to believe everything in the Old Testament but this does mean most of the rules/laws are out-dated and not taken as seriously as they used to. After all, why would Jesus die on the cross?
If you want to strictly adhere to the laws in the Old Testament, fine, go ahead. In Leviticus 11:9-12, it reads states that fish without scales should not be edible. In Levicticus 19:19, it reads we shouldn't mix fabrics or seeds. In Leviticus 11:6-8, touching pigskin is also forbidden. So, do these same people who oppose marriage equality, also oppose shellfish, mixed-frabicated clothes, certain seeds or American football?
The bottom line is, cherry-picking things from the Old Testament makes you look like a hypocrite yourself.
3. It's against Christianity for ME, as a human, to judge other sinners
This is the one people never realize in the first place. Let's just say you truly think non-straight people are sinners. Even if you have this mindset, you shouldn't judge them. In Matthew 7:1, it tells us not to judge others. So, by opposing marriage equality, I could argue this is actually a sin against God. Because by doing this, you're playing God and juging others.
So shouting "I hate fags" sorta makes you.....a sinner too.
4. Someone else's marriage doesn't affect my life or anyone else's
This is the utmost important reason I have. reagardless of your religious views or how bigoted you are, how are two people of the same sex getting married affecting YOUR life? It's between them, not you. There is no reason for me to care. It's like making soccer illegal because I don't like it, even though soccer players aren't.
If someone wants to talk about harming others, maybe we should look at how much we spend on marriage every year regardless. Although I would think this is a weak argument anyway.
Anyway, this concludes this take. This isn't solely a religion issue either. I know some atheists who have major issues with homosexuals. I just don't see why their marriages should have even been an issue.
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