A Christian’s view on Amendment One
Posted on 7 May 2012 by Dane Abernathy
Okay, first off, there is already a law in NC banning same-sex marriages. Let’s keep this in mind throughout this post. I understand that a lot of you believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. You have every right to believe this.
Ask yourself these questions when thinking about your decision on Amendment One.
- Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I support stripping health insurance away from same sex partners of city and county employees, who bargained with their employers for those benefits?
- Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I support overturning legally valid wills?
- Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I want to interfere in my fellow citizens’ personal health care decisions?
- Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I support taking children out of loving families, and giving them to the State?
- Even if I oppose same sex marriage, do I want to increase the number of uninsured motorists driving on the highways of my State?
Speaking to Republicans, Tea Partiers, Libertarians, conservatives, constitutionalists, people against big government, and anyone else who think human rights shouldn’t be stripped away by government: why would you support this amendment?
Luke 6:37 says
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven
You have NO RIGHT to condemn someone based on their beliefs, based on their choices, based on how they live their life, or based on who they love.
Acts 10:34–35 says
34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
35. But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
If God is no respecter of persons, we shouldn’t be either.
15. For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.“
16. So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.“
God delivers his mercy and his grace at HIS will, not ours.
11. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13. children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Who you are, where you came from, your outward appearance/what you choose to do, nothing makes you more likely to be saved than anyone else.
1 Corinthians 1:26–29
26. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
29. so that no one may boast before him.
God doesn’t care about those things that make one man different from another. His grace is not attracted by anything good in a man, and his grace isn’t turned away by anything evil in a man. So IF you think that loving another HUMAN is wrong, then that’s okay. Just don’t force your beliefs onto someone else.
Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
You can’t get salvation by doing good works, and you may think that voting yes to this amendment is doing God’s work, well, you’re wrong. If salvation came by human works of righteousness, then Christ died in vein. If works contribute to salvation, grace would be null and void. If we were saved by works, then it means God is paying a debt, which is false. He owes us NOTHING. Since grace is a gift, freely given by God, works get you nowhere.
Now to quote a very good friend, chosen brother, brother in Christ, and pastor, Jonathon Hughes:
“This is not a religious thing. it’s about our rights being taken from us. as a married, heterosexual man many would say that I would be unaffected by this amendment, but any man who stands idly by while rights are removed from other people is no man at all.”
I hope this changes some minds. Ignorance is not bliss. Stupidity is killing us all. Bigotry is hate. And thinking you’re better than someone, and moreover have the right to take their rights from them, is one of the biggest sins of all.
Make your own decisions.
Don’t follow the crowd.
Stand up for your brothers and sisters.
I am a Christian, and I do not support this amendment.