There has been yet another kerfuffle over at Gay Patriot about — what else? — gay marriage. And the usual suspects were smack in the middle of it, yours truly included. I said the things I usually say about the subject, and — also as usual — the same people misunderstood me in exactly the same ways.
I don’t see what’s so difficult to understand about my views on the subject. That government should get out of marriage and stay out of it, but that if it won’t, it should treat every citizen the same as every other. This is, of course, mischaracterized on Gay Patriot as being uncategorically in favor of “gay marriage”. Which means, to big-government, nanny-statists, marriage mediated, regulated and just generally meddled-in by government.
Anyone who does not march in lockstep with the self-appointed arbiters’ view that social conservative theocrats should regulate marriage according to their dictates is attacked as being — as frequent commenter North Dallas Thirty puts it — pro-“gay-sex marriage.”
In addition to degrading human beings by reducing them to nothing more than their private parts, this blasphemes against the God Who made us. As such a view always does. But it also does something else. Something not that much less grievous. It falsifies millenia of Judeo-Christian theology by seeing people as herd animals instead of individuals.
More specifically, those who take such a view refuse to see anyone who disagrees with them as fully human. For if each of us is not an individual, possessing our own identity and free will, then we are NOT fully human.
Any government that herds us, like animals, instead of respecting and counting each of us as individual human beings is an ungodly government. Statism — no matter how God-fearing it claims to be — is in its very essence ungodly.
I will not, in this post, get into the general filthy-mindedness of many anti-gay “Christians,” or their sinful contempt for other human beings and for the very concept of committed human love. On this Easter weekend, I want to ask one particular question: On that first Easter morning, who rose from the tomb?
Jesus, of course. But who is Jesus? Jesus is both God and Man. But God is a Person (actually, Three distinct Persons), and in His human incarnation, Jesus was a human person. Which certainly meant that among all the other definitions that fit Him, He is an Individual.
He died for us all, and rose again that all of us may one day rise. But each of us will still, at the time of our own resurrection, be US — just as surely as when Jesus rose from His tomb, He was Himself.
“Feel the wounds in my hands,” He told Saint Thomas. “Thrust your hand into my side.” He still bore the scars of His crucifixion. He did not emerge from the grave somebody else.
And yes, Jesus did refer to His followers as “sheep.” But there are a couple details to note about this. For one thing, Jesus is supposed to be the Shepherd — NOT any earthly government of ordinary human leaders. And for another, in a parable, He described the Shepherd as being willing to leave the ninety-nine other sheep in His flock to search and find one who was lost. There can be no greater indication that God counts and values each of us as individuals.
My beliefs and convictions are my own. No matter how many other people I may share them with, I am a distinct individual, who makes up my own mind what I will and will not believe. Other people can’t know for certain what I think until I tell them. If they merely venture a guess, they may get it right — or they may get it very wrong.
To refuse to care what I think, because it’s too inconvenient to your agenda to bother finding out, but to represent it to others as if you’re an expert on the subject, is blasphemy against the God Who made us. You don’t like how “He” created human beings, so you want to play God and re-create us according to your own specifications. For that reason, when you mischaracterize what I believe, you are doing something worse than simply telling a lie.
Jesus didn’t rise from the dead so we could slander each other. He rose so we could live as He lives. Happy Easter, everybody. Let’s try to live a risen life this year.