Is Christianity under attack?
I was watching news earlier today and in the headline was the story about Ireland voting on ‘same sex marriage’ referendum. This is interesting because it plays out and unravels the conflict between political and biblical stances, between rights and morals/beliefs.
When I was younger and growing up in the Free State, the only belief system I knew and exposed to was Christianity, even though it was practiced differently for there were as many different churches as there are street corners. At school we used to have morning prayers and said ‘the Lord’s Prayer’, every morning. During two (lunch and play) breaks we had (in one school day), we were asked to pray each time before we could leave our classroom. We also use to have a compulsory subject at school called Biblical studies, Bibs in short and this was compulsory up to grade 9.
Sadly these rarely happen nowadays because ‘everyone has the right to practice his or her own religion’ or better yet, ‘we cannot impose religious, christian principles and beliefs to school children, in case they are non-Christians’. We also have episodes of satanism showing up at schools and these ‘cults’ recruit children at a very young age. This has happened closer to home for me as my cousin’s daughter was recruited to satanism. She confessed the other day that she was a satanist and hates Christians with all her heart. She confessed that she was instructed to kill her mother so she gets to be respected and incentivized by her cult leaders. Is this because we stopped regular Christian prayers at schools? Well, I cannot say that for sure, but she met and got recruited at school to be a satanist, and her school banned regular Christian prayers. She was promised richness and all sort of enticing things she didn’t know their are hers anyway.
Not too long ago, some organized non-Christians demanded that Christian holidays be scrapped off of the calendar because they don’t have religious holidays specific to their religion and that is discrimination against them. Well, this is interesting to say the least, and as a Christian I think it is crazy. The question is what is next?
Now, getting back to same sex marriages issue I started with, am wondering what is worse between these three actions;
1. Denying same sex marriages on the basis of religious belief we have that a real, acceptable and moral marriage is the one between a man and a woman.
2. Expecting Christian pastors to marry same sex couples in church even if this goes against what is core to their beliefs, or is it?
3. Condoning same sex marriages so to endear ourselves to gays and lesbians because we want to score political points and get their votes that could keep us or put us in power.
I personally love gays and lesbians, some of them are my friends and colleagues. I love them because they are human like me and am instructed to ‘love my neighbor as I love myself’. I don’t care much how they choose to live their lives as long as I don’t get offended by their actions and they don’t act inappropriately around me. I also don’t think I, being heterosexual, am better than them. We are all created in the image of God and that is what matters.
So, there are few questions I need you to help me answer.
Is being gay a choice or is it natural? Do you think we can beat homosexuality out of gays? Do you believe it is right to kill gays only because they are gays? Do you think it is ok to rape lesbians in an attempt to ‘heal them’ and make them ‘straight’?
Here are some of the documented stories happening around the world;
– Catholic Charities in Illinois shut down its adoption services rather than place children with same-sex couples (as the state required).
– A Christian counselor was penalized for refusing to advise gay couples.
– A court clerk in New York was told to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite religious reservations.
– A Christian wedding photographer was sued for refusing to shoot a same-sex wedding.