State vs. Church?


Today Governor Gregoire signed a bill that would allow Washington to be the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriage. I commend our governor in making a controversial decision in the direction of human rights. My support for legalizing gay marriage is not uncommon in my liberal city, Seattle, but I am of the minority in the Christian community to have such an opinion. 

My religious opinion about homosexuality is another story because it’s  irrelevant to the political topic of gay marriage. I also think that religious beliefs have nothing to do with politics, yet somehow the political system allows for this shenanigan to go on. I do not feel that the gay community has any threat to the Christian faith and I don’t feel that the Christian faith—or any faith—should have the right to dictate how anyone lives.

What difference does it make to me if my gay neighbors get married? To me, it’s a title change that has no effect on my life whatsoever but to them it’s a breakthrough, it’s liberation, and it’s a right. I also believe it’s a right. What power should religion have in governing the public life? It’s time that we really believe in what we always talk about: the separation of religion and government. (Why is it that the religious only complain that there isn’t enough separation from church and state when it is the state that crosses the line, but never if the church crosses the line?) If I don’t believe in the government intervening in my life in telling me what to believe, how to live my life, and how to act, then I shouldn’t have the double standard in making the government control how others live their lives based on my Christian beliefs. If we want a free, democratic country, then this is what we get: liberty and justice for all. Approving gay marriage is not restricting my liberty or justice in any way. Those who oppose gay marriage, abortion, and women in combat and other such issues are going against our country’s desire for freedom and for government to stay out of our business. Opposing gay marriage is essentially a support for “big government” and for politicians to tell us how to live our lives.

Maybe I don’t get why Christians want to work so hard at fighting gay marriage, but it seems like these Christians haven’t really thought through that move. If we were to go along with that principle—that religion should intervene in our politics—then what do you say we ban all meat in our country so we don’t offend the Hindus? Wait, wait, no. We don’t want that to happen! We only want government to intervene when it favors Christian teaching, am I right? 

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