Morality can be defined as “a system or doctrine that defines right and wrong behavior”. It is a way society defines what they deem is right and wrong. The problem is when society goes against what you believe is right and wrong. How do you handle this? How can we, as individuals, clearly and positively affect society when what society is telling us is right, we know to be wrong?
Before we can understand how to handle this, we need to first understand the dichotomy of right and wrong. This process is a fairly simple one. In order to judge whether someone is right or wrong, we first need to understand what right and wrong are. For someone to be ‘right’, logic states there must be a proven basis of fact. From the facts we see positive evidence. Then the evidence points to a rule or law. The ‘right’ person must be able to prove that what they say or believe is factual or true. Once the factual evidence has been given and compared to the rule or law, we can then say, “That person was right”. But what about ‘wrong’?
The word ‘wrong’ can be defined as “a violation of what is right”. It is the process of clearly stating the opposite of what factual evidence states. For us to say someone is ‘wrong’, we must know what is right and then evaluate and measure the implied ‘wrong’ act. When the measuring has been completed, if it goes against the factual evidence, then we say, “That person is wrong”. Basically, we first must have a basis of belief that allows us to measure the difference between right and wrong. However, can everybody be right? Can everybody be wrong?
In our society’s recent history, there has been a thought process that everyone has the ‘right’ to be right. It sounds like a good statement, but think about it for a moment. If everyone has the ‘right’ to be right, then what would define who was wrong? If everyone was right, then we wouldn’t need laws to govern our land. We wouldn’t need to have prisons to contain those who stole or murdered. We wouldn’t need to judge drug dealers or sex offenders. If everyone had the ‘right’ to be right, then even those who think in opposition to us would be right….right?
If this sounds ridiculous to you, ask yourself why this is the case? When you evaluate the last paragraph of questions against your basis of rules, you clearly judge that not everyone can be right. You say to yourself, “The person who stole was wrong” or “The sex offender need to be in jail”. Why? The laws of our land have rules regarding these things. We have laws against stealing, lying and sexual perversion. These laws are considered to be ‘right and just’. As a country we have a set of rules that every citizen must abide by. If we rebel against these rules of right and wrong, we also suffer the negative consequences of our behavior. So, why the recent ruckus about right vs. wrong?
Let’s look at homosexuality and homosexual marriage. In the political realm, we have seen both sides of the coin. We have those who back homosexual marriage and those who don’t. We see everyone taking sides, wanting to be known for being the person who takes the stand for what they believe is right. They feel that if they back one way or the other, they can get the votes they need for election. So why is this country in such turmoil regarding this subject?
The turmoil regarding homosexual marriage, is largely in part to our historical heritage. Unlike the current media misnomer, our country was actually founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. We know this because of our Constitution. It mentions that all people are made in God’s image and have the right to worship as they see fit. This clearly shows that our founding fathers believed in God and His laws. Although they believed that the ‘church’ should not rule the land, they still believed in the truth of the Bible. They showed this by also showing how our government is formed and what their responsibilities are in the Constitution. So if this historical evidence and truth are so evident, it only makes sense that the topic of homosexual marriage is such a heated one.
Our problem begins with the dichotomy of who is right in this situation and who is wrong. The person who is for homosexual marriage feels there needs to be a separation of church and state, while the person who is against it, says it is against God’s will. As both of these views are diametrically opposed, how do we resolve the differences here?
We need to go back to what the issue really is. The issue here is a group of people, who feel that homosexuality is natural, feel that their rights have been violated. They feel heterosexuals are against this because of religious beliefs and should not have say as they are too religious. As they see this as truth, the homosexual community has done everything in their power to convince the government and the people that they are right. They have had marches and news conferences to tell others that they have to have this “right”. Unfortunately, when they speak about this issue, they almost always state that Christians are to blame for the ‘homo-phobia’. So they infuse the media with hate speech toward Christians. They claim intolerance, yet they are intolerant of Christian beliefs. They attempt to influence education in order to teach an ‘alternative lifestyle’ that most people feel is inappropriate for children to hear about. They write books for younger children and expect the education system to teach children about two mommies or two daddies. Yet in all this, when abstinence is taught, they are in such an uproar that you would think the end of the world is near!
As a citizen of the United States, I must ask myself, what did our forefathers mean by what they wrote? How would they interpret their document in these times? Would Abraham Lincoln be for or against homosexuality and homosexual marriage? Would he take a stand for a sexual preference? Based on his own words, I would determine that he would in fact be against homosexuality and homosexual marriage. Why? Simply put, he believed in God and what the Bible teaches.
“My friend has said to me that I am a poor hand to quote Scripture. I will try it again, however. It is said in one of the admonitions of the Lord, ‘As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’ The Savior, I suppose, did not expect that any human creature could be perfect as the Father in Heaven; but He said, ‘As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.’ He set that up as a standard, and he who did most towards reaching that standard, attained the highest degree of moral perfection. So I say in relation to the principle that all men are created equal, let it be as nearly reached as we can.’” – Abraham Lincoln, July 10 1858.
So where do we go from here? As the topic of homosexual marriage and Christianity are diametrically opposed to each other, this will never get resolved. Unfortunately, as those in the government take stands for homosexual marriage, they also take another stand against Christianity. When they take this stand, they inevitably take away the rights of Christians. We can see this in our schools, in media and in private religious hospitals.
As a devout American citizen, who is also a Christian, I have to be against homosexual marriage. Jesus spoke against homosexual lifestyles and the Bible clearly teaches against it in several locations. If I were to take a stand with homosexuals regarding homosexual marriage, I could not call myself a Christian, as the term Christian means “a follower of Christ”. Am I saying that anyone who is for homosexual marriage cannot call themselves Christians? No. However, I am saying that if you are a Christian and are for homosexual marriage, then you must re-evaluate your stand and beliefs. If you want to call yourself a Christian, then you must believe what Christ says.
As this issue is debated, remember that it is not about the person, but about the lifestyle. We should never hate the individual, but we are allowed to hate the sin. We need to love the individual and show our love toward them by reaching out and helping them, praying for them and talking calmly with them. We need to show the love of Christ and avoid any speech that may be seen as hate-filled or derogatory.
However, with this is a call to all people who call themselves Christians. Encourage your children to pray in school. Encourage your children to ask questions regarding evolution. Ask your government official to stop the insanity when it comes to binding religious freedom. This is the United States of America and we were founded on the government not legislating how we are allowed to worship.
Be proud of Who you believe in and share when you want and where you want. If the homosexual community can march about their choices, then so can we! Stand up, love people and show them the love of Jesus Christ. It is only then we will be tools to change the world.
God Bless and encourage someone today.