The Rendering

“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega,  the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”       Revelation 22:12-13

Today I spent my day with one of our attorneys waiting for a settlement decision on a case. I enjoy speaking with this attorney and I truly do respect him and his opinion. As we settled in this morning in the office he looked at me and said, “Patricia! We are part of history today!” I asked, “What history?” He said, “Today the Supreme Court voted that gay marriage is a constitutional right!” He was very excited. It took me a while for it to sink in. “Like on a federal level?” I asked. “Yes!” He almost yelled. “It isn’t up to each state anymore!” I said, “What happens if we decide not to follow it?” He looked at me and said, “Remember what happened when the school wouldn’t let the black students in when they government ended segregation?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “That! That’s what will happen! They will make the state follow the law!” Hmm. Okay.

We sat all day talking about the Supreme Court’s decision and our views. We spoke about Texas seceeding from the U.S. We spoke about Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. And we eventually circled back around to the Supreme Court decision. So without posting it to FB I am putting my view here. Most won’t see it and if they do the issue will be history so it won’t matter. But if you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. We don’t have to agree.

I am not in favor of homosexuality at all. Call me old fashioned. Call me close-minded. Call me ignorant or whatever you want. That is my view just like you have yours. But I don’t agree with all the arguing of whether or not gays have the right to marry. Some say by allowing them to marry that it takes away from my marriage. No it doesn’t. It doesn’t do anything to my marriage or my beliefs. I still believe God made Adam and Eve and they were man and woman and God married them. No where in the bible do we see marriage between two people of the same sex. So, no, I don’t agree that a proper marriage can be made between two people of the same sex. I believe homosexuality is a sin and I will until I draw my last breath here on earth.

Having said that, I will say that some of my best friends are gay. I have an adopted daughter who is gay and she is one of my best friends. I have met and friended people who treat me better than some of the people I go to church with! I love them just as much as I love my heterosexual friends. I try to show them love the way Jesus loved the adulterous woman. The way Jesus loved the tax collectors. The way Jesus loved each and every one of us who have sinned and fallen short! I didn’t always love this way but it took a gay co-worker who eventually became my friend to show me love that I didn’t deserve. He showed me more of Jesus than I was showing him. It is sad to admit but sometimes my worldly friends treat me better than my Christian friends.

I think the problem all started with gay partners not having the same rights as married couples. They were not considered family so they couldn’t see their loved ones in the hospital, or inherit their property, or get insured. By passing this law, they have given homosexuals the same rights as heterosexual married couples. If we had just allowed them to have those rights they would not be fighting to be classified as married.

What this does is make them more responsible for their decisions. As a parent of a lesbian, it is very difficult to get emotionally attached to one partner only to find that she has traded that partner for another and this will be her third “marriage.” Maybe by making it legally binding she won’t be so hasty to jump from one girl to the next. There will be legal and financial ramifications. So they want to get legally marriage? Then they will have to get legally unmarried. All they did was open another money making avenue for divorce attorneys.

Personally, I think there are more important things to fight about, but I am also glad the fight is over. Regardless of what I think, regardless of what the Supreme Court says, and regardless of who marries whom – we will all be held accountable for our actions by God. He says in Revelation that He is coming and He will render to every man according to what he has done. He says He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. In other words, God started it and God’s going to end it. Whether or not you believe in God is your decision, but He will be the one to exact justice – from everyone!

“Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”

Revelation 22:11