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Politics or Changed Hearts

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I wanted to post something that has been on my heart for a while and it has to do with the Christians and our dependence on the American government.

This is not a political rant that says America stinks and we should not try to change anything! It is a post on American Christians dependence on America to change the face of our communities, country, and the world.

For a long time I have listened to people talk about politics as if somehow politics will change the face of our nation. I have nothing against people trying to change policy or laws in our land that represent the Kingdom of God but man-made law will only go so far. Let me give one example that is a hot button topic now.

The gay-marriage debate has raged for a while now. The lines have been drawn in the sand politically but it is important to understand that the Kingdom law will ALWAYS trump the American law. Christians should agree that gay-marriage is an oxymoron that is not endorsed by Scripture. But what is the real debate? Is the debate really two homosexual people getting married or is it that those people are disobeying Scripture by engaging in any homosexual act?

I would argue that the real root of the issue is not the marriage but the homosexual acts themselves. If this is the case then maybe we, Christians, should stop picketing and start loving the people fighting for the right to marry. Not allowing gay-marriage is a cosmetic fix. It doesn’t change that homosexual behavior is still running rampant through America. Stopping people from getting married wont stop them from engaging in their sin.

With this in view we need to stop relying on our American system to change hearts because only God can do that! Let’s be like Christ and stop trying to change laws that are only cosmetic fixes and let’s live lives worthy of Christ. Lives dedicated to hurting people, needy people and low people. The people we picket against are some of the most needy and hurting. Jesus came for those who need a doctor he didn’t come for the ones that thought they were healthy.

We need to be the vessels in which God uses to reach the hearts of the needy! So, maybe instead of engaging in politics we should engage in a personal way to the ones that Jesus came for.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on October 23, 2011, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey, its been a while since we’ve talked, and I’m sorry that I’m digging up an old post but its a topic that is important to me.

    This topic has two faces the religious and the questions facing the governing of a secular non-denominational nation.

    You are right that gay-marriage with-in traditional christian values is an oxymoron. But that definition is not inclusive of all beliefs. Which is the question at the heart of this. Man has no right to FORCE their religious beliefs on others, which is what attempting to pass laws that forbid gay marriage does.

    ALL men live in sin, that does not give anyone the right to deprive anyone of any rights.

    The issue of gay marriage isn’t whether or not marriage is only defined between a man and woman, but whether or not a gay/lesbian couple has the right to have the same type of family that a union between a man and woman have.

    This has immense consequences on their financial well being, their ability to visit their loved ones in a hospital, much harder to adopt a child, and harder to hold property jointly. Why does their “sinfulness” in the eye’s Chrisitianity entitle us to remove these rights? It does not!

    Their sins are between them and God. That God may not be yours. While you hold and believe that there is only one God, that does not entitle you to FORCE that belief on them. Conversion is a choice of the heart not one that can be done at the edge of a blade or pen with the signing of a law.

    Which act would God find more offensive, an act of homosexuality, or an act that fosters hatred in the hearts of men– one that steals the freedom and rights from others? In my mind both are sins. God calls us to love each other, and through that love we show bring others to God. You aren’t showing love by dividing people from those that they love.

    • Hey Kevin!

      Yes it has been a while. I would like to comment on a few of your points.

      You: “You are right that gay-marriage with-in traditional christian values is an oxymoron. But that definition is not inclusive of all beliefs. Which is the question at the heart of this.”

      Me: You are right. It isn’t inclusive of all beliefs. I disagree with the last sentence. The heart of the matter is what is pleasing to God. Not what is pleasing to those around me. As a Christian I am not concerned with making my fellow man “happy” if it displeases a holy and righteous God.

      You: “ALL men live in sin, that does not give anyone the right to deprive anyone of any rights.”

      Me: This is true but I think your word usage is not correct. I am not “depriving” anyone of rights. I will touch on this more.

      You: “The issue of gay marriage isn’t whether or not marriage is only defined between a man and woman, but whether or not a gay/lesbian couple has the right to have the same type of family that a union between a man and woman have.”

      Me: “The same type of family”? Even if homosexual couples were allowed to marry and adopt children it would not make them the same as a traditional family. Two men don’t equal a man and a woman. Two women don’t equal a man and a woman. Only a man and a woman equal a man and a woman. Thus, I believe, your premise is flawed. Studies show overwhelmingly that kids that are raised without fathers or mothers have a tougher time adjusting to society and themselves. Why would we condone and promote a system that guarantees that a child wont have a mom or dad?

      You: “This has immense consequences on their financial well being, their ability to visit their loved ones in a hospital, much harder to adopt a child, and harder to hold property jointly. Why does their “sinfulness” in the eye’s Chrisitianity entitle us to remove these rights? It does not!”

      Me: This is where I want to make a point that everyone should hear. I am not trying to “remove” anyone’s rights. When language like that is used it makes the Christian sound as if they are trying to take over the political landscape and forcing what is the norm out. Gay marriage is not the norm. It is a new concept that throughout history has never been established. It is unfair and untrue to say that I am removing anyone’s rights. Any person has the same rights I have. A man can marry a woman. I have that right and so does anyone else. It is the other side that wants to redefine what marriage is and change the rights. That’s what the real issue is. Using the language you used does not advance the conversation it hinders it. I would like to think that you, of all people, would want to advance this conversation.

      You: “Their sins are between them and God. That God may not be yours. While you hold and believe that there is only one God, that does not entitle you to FORCE that belief on them. Conversion is a choice of the heart not one that can be done at the edge of a blade or pen with the signing of a law.”

      Me: Can you show me in my post where I encourage “forcing” my beliefs on people? I think the aim of this post was more about focusing more on the heart of an individual than the gay-marriage debate. While they may not believe in the true and only God of the Bible that does not mean we toss morality out the door. We still have laws and those laws reflect the morality that is instilled by God. We do not endorse murder even though someone’s religious may hold that as valid. Yes, this is an extreme example but according to your logic you would need to make provisions for it if it suited their views. Of course, we do not make laws based on what we like or want. It is based on something higher, better, and authoritative.

      You: “Which act would God find more offensive, an act of homosexuality, or an act that fosters hatred in the hearts of men– one that steals the freedom and rights from others? In my mind both are sins. God calls us to love each other, and through that love we show bring others to God. You aren’t showing love by dividing people from those that they love.”

      Me: Which act would God find more offensive? I would say that disobeying God’s straight forward law would be much more offensive than speaking out against the sin that our country has endorsed. How can I love someone if I do not tell them the truth? The only way the Good News is good is if people realize the bad news. Bad news = we are all worthy of death. Good news = God made a way of salvation through the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ! That is how I show love because that is what true love looks like.

      Thanks for reading and commenting,

      Travis

    • Also I would encourage you to check out this debate between Dr. Brown and Dr. Smaw on the subject of Gay-Marriage. It gives some compelling arguments for my side. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDbSaxDtah8

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