The latter has forced us to re-align our moral compasses and be more tolerant of those who choose to love the same sex. Homosexuality has always been a taboo in our society and particularly in the African American culture, the same-sex preference is severely shunned. For me personally, I am not with the whole gay thing and it has been a monumental movement of God to make me more "tolerant". I cannot judge the homosexual because my spiritual guide will not allow me to do so. I am a Christian and the Bible tells me that the act of homosexuality is a sin. Unnatural. An abomination. It further tells me that I cannot judge those who participate in the act of homosexuality.
Hey! don't get mad with me. I am just trying to live a spiritual lifestyle. And the bible is my compass. Am I perfect? nope. But also with the way I was raised, my center of consciousness tells me that normal sexual relationships are between man and woman. This natural inclination in my soul is supported by the Bible. I won't go Bible thumping here but one can just read the following to see the biblical basis that says homosexuality is sin. (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26, I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy 1;8-11,)
With the era of tolerance it seems that the homosexual is more and more prevalent in the nation and most definitely in the black community. I am not sure if they were there all along or with increased tolerance, more have chosen the lifestyle. I do know that I see them more. They are more celebrated on television culture (Real Housewives of Atlanta, Rupaul's Drag Race, Miss J on America's Top Model and on and on). I see more open gay people in the 'hood. It is not uncommon these days for women to refer to another woman as their wife. Even in the church, there are more and more gay people.... in the choir stand. The gospel industry is full of gays, so much so that the renowned Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention is a known magnet for gay people. Gays have demanded their rights and tolerance is the order of the day... and with tolerance and openness comes power. Political power.
The latest conversation is regarding the right for homosexuals to marry. It is a heated debate. There are those who desire the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples. They say that the marriage/union is just as valuable as those male/female marriages. And so they demand the right to be recognized.
In my mind, the institution of marriage is holy. It is a vow before God. It is biblical (Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh - Genesis 2:24). It is traditional.
Whereas the same sex marriage cannot be holy. The couple cannot vow before God because God's law already forbids homosexuality. and it is not biblical. The marriage of the same sex cannot be blessed in biblical standards because the very nature of same sex is adverse to what God has prescribed in his Word. God has also been very specific in saying that I cannot judge those who practice same sex relations.
And so the debate rages. It has been the subject of electoral propositions and statutes. And most recently President Barack Obama expressed his support for the right of gays to marry just like he supports the right for gays to openly serve in the military. President Obama is obviously for gay rights.
But for me, the issue is not political. My opposition to gay marriage is based on my moral center which I have built from biblical standards. It is not at all political. If they change the laws to allow gay marriage, I object. But I object based on what my faith dictates marriage is to be. Not by what some lawmaker says. Lawmakers can change and amend laws as they see fit... but the law of God remains steadfast forevermore.... The government can come and go, but the law of God remains the same.
Do I judge my gay brethren and sistren? I heard a preacher say recently that "The Bible speaks against the practice of the sin(homosexuality), it does not speak against the person." And so I must love the people who practice homosexuality. Not judge them. Just as Jesus loves them. .
Gay lifestyle? Gay marriage? I disagree with it all. But I cannot judge. For political reasons? no. For moral reasons? yes. it is adverse to my consciousness.
Regarding gay marriage, Mr. President, I respectfully disagree. But my disagreement comes from my moral center. Not my political consciousness. It is a spiritual and moral battle. Not a political statute. Not judging. Just saying.