DOMA: One Christian Speaks

Another one worth reblogging. This is one of the most balanced views I’ve seen in the same-sex marriage debate, though I’m sure there are people on both sides of the issue who will have a problem with what Beth wrote here. Do all of us a favour and read the whole thing, several times, before you start writing scathing comments.

And while this specifically pertains to recent legal developments in the US, I think the arguments here apply to any free democratic country, including mine.

In Case of Fire, Use Stairs

With the DOMA decision hot off the presses this week, my Facebook news feed has been fascinating. I just sit and watch the screen refresh with anticipation; waiting for the gloves to come off.

One minute: OMGRAINBOWTEARSOFJOY.

The next: OMGWORLDCRASHINGDOWN.

And about every half hour: Something about Jesus, churches or the Bible, and how they feel about “The Gays” getting married.

As an Orthodox Christian, I view marriage [which my Church defines as being a physical and spiritual union between a man and a woman] as a Sacrament. Something spiritual and supernatural happens during a wedding for an Orthodox Christian: Christ is the Celebrant, He joins the couple together. And in a Mystery, they become one person. Because of this, sex is meant for marriage because it is a participation in that oneness. It is meant to be experienced within the context. So, taken together: having a wedding…

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2 thoughts on “DOMA: One Christian Speaks

  1. To impose or enforce not, but in Mark 16:15 it does say “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” which includes letting people know what constitutes as marriage and what God thinks about homosexuality as stated in the Bible.

    Law or no law, what really matters is getting the Word out with love rather than becoming fixated with a man-made construct of the paper-based marriage.

    1. I think the thing the church has forgotten is that we are called to witness, not to rule (at least not in this sense). We should witness to what God says, but then leave the other to make their own choice (and bear the consequences). And the witnessing must be done in love, not with the point of a sword (or a sharp tongue).

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