Ever since Matthew Shepard was killed in an act of hate, my heart hurt for the judgement, indignities, and callousness that people of the LGBT community have had to endure.
In my 50 years of being on this planet, I have come to love and trust many individual in that community, and find that they are just like me. They want to succeed, to be accepted, and to be able to determine their own direction.
Over the past four years, I have come to understand my relationship with God much better. I'm in the middle of reading through the bible for the third time. I find it coincidental (if there is such a thing) that our church's reading plan has us going through the laws of Moses when this comes up. If we lived in the time of Moses, the LGBT community would not exist, all would have been killed. I am glad we do not live in that time. However, I'm not so sure the time we live in is any better.
Instead of hurling God inspired rocks to stone someone to death, we all partake in something as close minded and dangerous, throwing words.
It is normal to be offended and indignant over simple words or symbols. Look at the recent furor over the confederate flag. The shooting in Charleston had nothing to do with confederates or the flag, but somebody got it in their mind that if they abolish the flag, and make it socially ugly to have anything to do with the flag, it would make the world better. Sadly, they are wrong. Instead it has spawned a desire rewrite history to make us feel better about where we are today.
We are human. We make mistakes. Our society gets things wrong. There are several things about our society today that I feel are leading us down a path of destruction. But this article is not about that. What it is about is the fact we make mistakes and instead of trying to erase them, let's try to make them right instead. I believe the civil rights movement made our society right to remove the past scourge of slavery. I believe giving women the right to vote was righting a wrong.
That gets us to the supreme court decisions of this week. There were two big ones. The first legitimized Obamacare, the second mandated same-sex marriages for all 50 states. Both cases used the same clause in the constitution and gerrymandered the English language in order to arrive at a pre-determined destination. I will leave the end result for another discussion, but the process I have a huge issue with. If we sanctify and glorify a process that is based on royal mandate either from the Oval Office or the Supreme Court, we are dooming our society to the pitfalls of tyranny.
What the Supreme Court did was to rape the constitution and impregnate the country with a law that was not legislated, adopted or tested. The 50,000,000 votes that said marriage was between one man and one woman were thrown aside like yesterday's trash, and five people wearing black, and with a command of language the new generation can only hope for, created law out of thin air.
Should I celebrate this? If the outcome were something I was an advocate for, would I celebrate it? I probably would. For those people, whom I love, who are cheering this decision. Please, enjoy the moment. Take your victory lap. Then once that is over, we must find a way to live and work together without the discord and vitriol that invades our society today. The hammer which was used to create same-sex marriage, is a hammer than can be used again and again. It can swing down and shatter that which it made, and if our society descends into the cat-calling, back-lashing, vitriolic free for all that we are used to, it will swing back.
I included a picture of the White House, the people's house, clad in the rainbow colors adopted by the LGBT community. Are those lights going to be permanent? Or are the lights momentary, enough to distract us while the next hammer to abuse our rights and sovereignty is forged? Beware victor who knows not how to govern, for governing is not like championing a cause, where victory is it's own reward, governing is to ensure the welfare of all, including and especially those that were vanquished.
Heavenly Father, I ask you to touch the hearts of all Americans. May we find a common ground to work and make this country better for all. May we find peace and love for each of our fellow men and understand your love for each and every one of us. Lord, we are flawed, and cannot understand your ways. I ask that you give us enough revelation to let us know that it will work out. That your plans for us will succeed in the end. Let us work to honor and glorify you and not each other. In Jesus' mighty name, Amen.