Christians in NC should vote for Amendment One on Tuesday. Or so I'm told.
NC Amendment 1, Section 6 reads in part:
"Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."
Well, Genesis 1:27, Leviticus 18:22, and Romans 1:26-28 for starters.
Ah then. Because the Bible says so, right?
Indeed it does. What else does the Bible say? Like... "the works of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality..." Galatians 5:19 or "Flee sexual immorality." 1 Corinthians 6:18 or "abstain from sexual immorality..." 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
Seems clear enough. If "sexual immorality" includes anything apart from sex between a husband and wife then that pretty much covers it all. Sooooo....
where is it? The other amendment? The other amendments? You know, the ones that say:
"It is prohibited for any man or woman to participate in consensual sexual activity while cohabitating apart from marriage, as defined by Amendment One, section 6."
What about the one that says:
"Any teenagers found to be sexually active prior to marriage, as defined by Amendment One, section 6, shall no longer be eligible for public education and must immediately be withdrawn from any public institutes of learning."
What? You haven't seen these? Haven't signed the petitions? Haven't bought the t-shirt? Hmmmm. Neither have I. But I'm awfully curious as to why not.
If conservative Christians are, as they proport to be doing, protecting God's biblical definition of marriage and thereby speaking on His behalf at the polls, then why aren't we formulating, marketing, and pushing through legislation to protect God's biblical sensitivities regarding ALL sexual acts? Why, in heaven's name, stop with a marriage amendment?
Come on Amie, grace has to supercede law at SOME point.
Ah yes, His grace is sufficient. Our constitution? Not so much, I guess.
Well, you can't expect the democratic government of a free and richly diverse people such as America to legislate every point of Christian morality. That would be legalism at its worst and set us back 200 years to a pre-revolutionary state church existence and would make it nearly impossible to follow Christ's command to show love given the extremity of the law, constant mutual suspicion and condemnation, as well as the likelihood that none could escape its judgments thanks to that darned "all have sinned" thing.
Oh, how I love when these conversations go right where I want them to. ;-) You are right. And what's more it would be impossible because the line of morality among Christians is as variant as the day is long and is most often drawn just inside of one's own level of comfort.
So INSTEAD ---
Perhaps we should remember that the Constitution of the United States is not Scripture. And that there may be evidences of MANY sacred writings from MANY cultures and belief systems reflected in its content. But rights should never have been, and should never again be afforded us by our common religion, or common race, or common gender, or common sexuality--but by our common humanity.
Instead, ask yourself "why do we draw the line here and not there?" "Here" being Amendment One and "there" being the Nth degree of the biblical standard. And if, in fact, you're not willing to push the line "there" then you have no choice but to unwrap the cause from its spiritual packaging with Bible-verse-quoting ribbons and bows and see that what you are left with is hypocrisy and discrimination. Stop dressing it up and putting God's name on the gift tag.