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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What About Love

"With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against people for no good reason, this is what your religion tells you to do? With your experience of life and this world and all its sadness's, this is what your conscience tells you to do? With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate... this is what your heart tells you to do? You want to sanctify marriage? You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe he represents? Then Spread happiness—this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness—share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question of love. All you need do is stand,..." Keith Olbermann

This was an editorial comment made with regard to the passing into law of Proposition 8 which made gay-marriage illegal in California. The comments are directed at the Christian and Conservative majority which are responsible for the passing of the proposition.

What strikes me is the constant use of the expression of universal love, and the belief that universal love or any love as an expression, automatically means tolerance, complacency, acceptance and negates any persons ability 'to stand' against that which they believe to be a perversion of love. This argument of universal love conquering all, states emphatically that hate is the predominant emotion towards those who practice such deviant behaviour, rather than understanding it is the behaviour in question not the people involved. The differentiation is between love of the sinner versus hatred of the sin. Universal love if it is to be universal must then allow for all perversions to exist as equal and indiscriminate aspects of society; universal love must allow for tolerance of all behaviors regardless of harm or the poisoning of minds and bodies. Even the most resolute defenders of universal love would balk at the extremes of perversions which would become common place in a society bent on the absolute tolerance of all behaviors. At points in time and process definitive lines would be drawn, but they would be drawn in sand and the washing of time and desensitization would allow for the line to move and that which is not endured to happen now will become ordinary and accepted and so on and so on... In this context Christians and Conservatives have the legitimacy of the Word of God 'to stand' on and that 'universal' truth allows for the drawing of a line 'on the rock', unchangeable and resolute. The use of universal love in the argument for the tolerance of gay marriage has become the fall-back cliche and the trump-card of the gay community and its use fails to inflame any emotional response form those who oppose the gay agenda. The bluff is being called.

The word universal is never used in the Bible, the context that God will love all who live on this earth is a fallacy and a myth purported by those who wish to have everything they want in this world without any accountability for their actions in light of the judgement of God, not only God the creator, but God the Holy One. The cry of universal love is to claim some intrinsic and 'universal' right which is believed to exist and to leverage God into denying His Holiness and accepting all people on their own terms. This is not based on the revelation of God as the Righteous Judge of His creation. God Himself declares that there exists only one avenue of approach and acceptance into His presence and favour. The only accepted application of universal love is found in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for those who will receive, heavy emphasis on receive, but this not only implies but mandates obedience and in that obedience we see the love of God manifested in His followers. In this we 'honor' God by being obedient to His Word and 'standing' against those behaviors which in good 'conscience' we cannot tolerate as an accepted lifestyle choice.

Yes, I agree this pits people against people, however, that ability 'to stand' affords people the opportunity to change society, if no one ever stood for what they believe society would never change. "If you will not stand for something, you will fall for anything." It is the revolutionaries that have stood in opposition to the faults and flaws in society that have made this world what it is today, and even in that there is still no assurance of 'happiness', there still exists such atrocities and harms being endured by the innocent. These atrocities and harms are not the result of either obedience to God nor disobedience but come as a result and consequence of the lifestyle choices and options that are available to people and to the leadership of those peoples in either an active or passive role. It is not believed that the world will change tomorrow nor that all blessings will now flow from heaven because gay-marriage is illegal, and the reality is that declaring this a 'victory' is a statement of prideful arrogance tainting the true intent in opposing such changes to the value of recognizing the traditional and Biblical view to the institution of marriage. The 'sanctity' of marriage is to be found in the value given not only to the people in 'love' but in the recognition of the Creator of that institution and the intended reason for that institution, and that being the union of a man and a woman, to borrow a phrase, "in Holy Matrimony". Those areas of concern which flaunt disregard for the dignity of man and woman as a created image of God, in prideful ignorance of not only the Biblical condemnation, but also the cultural norms of society are the areas in which the Christian and Conservative will disagree with the supporters of gay-marriage, for the stated reasons.

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