Recently, a friend of mine asked the question on Facebook, “if you had to vote to ban gay marriages or to ban abortion, which would you choose?” She had a pretty good response. What really surprised me was the number of people who voted to ban gay marriages.
Depending on your beliefs, it seems to me that one is a question of whether or not you a life is saved and the other is whether or not you choose to allow the happiness of a couple you believe are sinning. And yet, using the Bible as a defense, many chose a ban on gay marriage.
Jesus himself said that we should not judge, and he spent much time socializing with the “sinners” of the day. It was the pharisees who made laws enforcing their definition of sin. They were the one’s who passed judgement and shunned the sinners. And Jesus chastised them many times for that.
The suggestion that there is a health benefit (HIV) is hollow since the health benefit comes from abstinence, not the refusal to give a marriage certificate.
The policing role of the government exists to protect human rights, not remove human freedoms based on a perceived moral law.
It seems that, to many people, being “Christ-like” involves forcing others to not sin. For those who believe they are doing God’s will by voting for a ban, they must take a second look at what they are trying to accomplish. Is banning gay marriage preventing sin in any way? Or is it just a way of rejecting a sinner? Regardless of the answer, in the end, salvation is dependant on the free will to chose it in favor of sin. For salvation to be given, sin must be allowed.