Saturday, January 28, 2006

United, We Stand - Divided, We Fall

One of the most quoted Aesop fables, I suppose, is 'united we stand; divided we fall'. I've often heard 'a family that prays together stays together'. That sort of fits right in with united and divided.

When we are united for a cause, or united on specifics, then there is no division. But, in these trying times in our society, I see more division than unity. The Church community is not united on their stand on certain scriptures. The Bible clearly states that for a man or woman to sleep with the same sex is an abomination unto God. Yet, there is a push in today's society for 'tolerance', in letting same sex unions/marriages be allowed in our states. I don't think we will find a scripture in the Bible that speaks to tolerating any kind of sin. If it was wrong when God spoke to the offense, then, it is still wrong today. He said His word that Jesus is 'the same yesterday, today, and forever.' And, His Word is truth. That is all I can go on.

In Maryland, Black lawmakers are deeply divided over same-sex marriages.

Consider Sens. Ulysses Currie and Gwendolyn T. Britt. Both are Democrats who represent progressive African American districts in Prince George's County. But they are on opposite extremes of a gulf that divides their communities.

Currie said he will be guided from the pulpit and by Christian constituents who on this issue alone, he says, "are as conservative as the conservatives."

Britt said she answers to the echoes of the civil rights era and supports gay men and lesbians because she knows "how to walk a mile in someone else's shoes."

The problem isn't just between the homosexual-lesbian communities and the straights, but in each camp of individuals, be it black, white, or any other color or nationality. Where some of us see it as a moral issue, others see it as a civil rights issue. Civil rights has to do with citizenship - "the fundamental privileges given to us through the 13th and 14th amendments to the constitution and by subsequent acts of Congress, including civil liberties, due process, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination." (according to The American Heritage Dictionary)

I have to go back to scripture.

Luke 11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

The Church is divided on the decision of banning/not banning same-sex marriages/unions. Some churches have put ministers in their pulpits that are openly gay. It has brought division among their denominations. Christians are divided because of their interpretation of scripture as to inclusion and exclusion, or 'loving thy neighbor as thyself' - I suppose.

We can never exclude anyone from coming to know the Lord, if the Holy Spirit woos them, and they are susceptible to the salvation plan of God. But, I do not think God means for us to go 'beyond scripture' and allow sin to creep into the church body - knowingly. Until we get a grip on what the Commandments of God really encompasses, and what it means to truly obey them, then we are going to have problems, and society is never going to be united. There is division in the land today - in fact, all over the world, on the stand for/against same-sex marriages or unions. It will probably go on until the return of our Lord and Savior.

HT: to Blogcorner Preacher, who sees it as 'a moral issue and not a civils rights issue.' As he has said, when it's sex between two men or two women, they are breaking God's law!

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