One of my readers was highly upset with my previous article on Homosexuality. Granted, many are upset over the Gay Agenda and it militant march forward. But that is not the end of organized religious freedom as my slighted reader suggests:
“Are u kidding….When they change laws to sanctify gay marriage and they come into a church or temple to get married
..are you going to sanctify their union in front of God. Are you going to say they can be parents to children who did not choose to have same sex parents…where are their rights as unborn people? The entire situation will bring down organized religious freedom in this country. This has nothing to do with violence or hatred toward any group..it has to do with the idea of religious freedom…where are their rights”
No I’m not kidding young lady. The changing of American secular laws is a secondary issue as it relates to the article. The point of the article is to point out to the religious fundamentalists that how they or anyone else reacts or interacts with the Homosexual Community must be in line with Biblical Law. Their identification as Homosexuals in no way disqualifies them for common respect, and they should not to be subject to any kind of prejudice, scorn, or mistreatment.
With that said, America’s Judeo-Christian culture is constantly under attack to conform to the ever-changing culture. The traditional religious communities will continue to be assaulted. Gay marriage is already legal in many states and will be legal in all in a few years. This poses potential problems for Churches and business that stand by their religious beliefs. There will be no easy answers.
One answer is that all churches, temples and mosques should retract their 501c3 status given to them by the Federal Government. This status gives the Feds the absolute right to make them conform to Federal and State law. Secondly, in regards to sanctifying their union in front of God – stop officiating as an agent for the State at weddings. Pastors and Rabbi do not have to perform legal marriages recognized by the State. Send them to the JP after you have performed your respective religious ceremonies. Religious authorities cannot be compelled to perform religious ceremonies for outsiders. If you do not offer a State legal document, you cannot be compelled to perform a legally binding secular state union. There is no biblical injunction that suggests that approval of the secular State authorities is required for a biblical marriage. None. (And any Christian who wants to quote me from Romans, I suggest you re-read that passage very very carefully before challenging me on this).
Lastly Miss, it will not bring down organized religious freedom. The reason this agenda is so affecting American religious communities is because they have literally jumped in bed with the State for the sake of a handful of dollars. The 501c3 status is the ball and chain of the American Church and other religious communities. This status allows these communities to forego paying their fair share of taxes, and legally binds them to follow State and Federal laws, including Civil Rights, which now have been granted to Homosexual persons, partnerships and marital unions.
Though not a Christian, allow me to give the American Christian Church a bit of advice from their own Savior: “Pay unto Caesar what is Caesars…” If you are a 501c3 religious community, you are beholden to Caesar, who granted you the 501c3 status. A better option is to pay the tax to the taxman and dump the 501c3 status altogether. Then you will be more in line with biblical teaching and have more freedom to exercise your faith.
It’s not a perfect solution: But where were you offered safety from persecution, or a say over the predominant secular culture? ……..Tell me if you know.