By adam.cozens | November 6, 2012
Happy Election Day folks!
I was asked recently by a close friend from college if “I support homosexuality.” While I have tried very heartily to keep my political/social opinions off of Facebook and perhaps too much on Twitter, I felt like this questions deserves a proper response. Not that anyone really reads this blog or cares, but just in the off-chance that what I am saying belong might help someone who make them question their viewpoints, I will summarize my conversation now.
“YESSSSSSSSSS! 110% YES! I support gay people and gay rights of all kinds. I have no qualms admitting that whatsoever and am not at all ashamed to openly say that. It is of my belief that whatever two, consenting responsible adults, who are not hurting anybody or doing anything illegal, should be allowed to do whatever they want to do and I shouldn’t be allowed to have any say in the matter.
Contrary to what many right-leaning politicians would like their constituents to believe, I am not voting for EXTRA gay-ness, where everyone is now forced into being gay, I am just voting for them to have the same rights as I do. The EXACT SAME! If they love each other, I believe that they should and I want them to have the EXACT same rights that my girlfriend and I do. To devalue one person’s human-existence because it is not the same as yours is barbaric and is perhaps the LEAST Christ-like thing someone could do.
As I noted far too often on many social networking sights, as a person of faith, I found the entire Chick-Fil-A debacle to be revolting and in my eyes, brought great shame to be as a believer. To see so many Christians coming together to make another community feel bad about themselves was appalling, gross and in complete contradiction with the teachings of Christ. It was really just a way for Christians to pat themselves on the back for their beliefs being “right,” and it caused great harm to the image of Christians as a whole.
I read this great article by Rachel Held Evens a few months back that I think summed up my thoughts perfectly. To paraphrase: “I’m tired of the Christian church of today being more known for what they are against, then what they are for.” Its easy for Christians to point at scripture to attempt to make their case, but that doesn’t work for people who don’t believe in our faith. The entire point of our faith is that we want people to come to it. We aren’t told to force it upon them. If we force people to be in-line with “our beliefs,” than the idea of conversing is pointless.
I’m going to play devil’s advocate and say for this next paragraph that homosexuality IS wrong. Who cares? Let them be wrong then. Let them be wrong and let you be right and just have the peace of mind knowing that. Don’t yell at them and call them names and tell that they are lesser people than you are! Love them! Love them unconditionally. If all sins are equal (as we are told in Scripture that they are) then for us to get so irrationally worked up over this one is absurd and, again, in direct contradiction with the teachings of our God. Our Faith should be about more than just us trying time and time again to show everyone how “we are right.” The message of Christ was love and that is something that the modern Church has strayed so far away from.
So in short and to wrap up this passionate ramble, yes: I am in support of gay rights. I am in support of women’s rights, I am in support of human rights of all kinds. I have been incredibly blessed to have been born a middle class, straight, white male in suburban America. I have had every advantage handed to me as a birthright. To tell others that they can’t have something that I was born able to have is disgusting.”
And here is a little picture I made that sums up my feelings more succinctly.
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