02 August, 2012

A Post on Chik-Fil-A, Gay Marriage, and Being a Christian


I try not to discuss political stuff online very often, and, honestly, I'm a little afraid to post this link, but I'm going to anyway. As a Christian, the whole Chik-Fil-A hoopla yesterday really bummed me out. This article does a pretty good job explaining why (this guy's site is getting a lot of traffic, so if you have trouble getting to the link, keep trying. It's a good article). And as long as I'm being brave, I'll say this - while I view my own marriage as a spiritual/religious union, I don't view marriage, in general, that way. I don't think it's fair to! Marriage is so personal. And when it comes to the issue of who can legally get married, I wholeheartedly believe in equality. I believe that two consenting adults should have the right to marry each other. I don't think the law has any business deciding who those two consenting adults can be. I love my gay friends. I know that the love they share with their significant others is genuine. And I don't feel that I have any right to judge them or their "lifestyle" (I kinda hate that word because being gay isn't really their lifestyle... it's not like we're talking about being vegan; being gay is part of WHO THEY ARE). By the way, I've come to these beliefs through reading and studying the Bible. This isn't stuff I've pulled out of thin air. I've thought a lot about this topic. Levi and I have discussed it at length, and I feel really comfortable with saying that my beliefs are Christian. However, this isn't a cut-and-dry issue. I don't want to be wishy-washy or misrepresent what the Bible says, so I'll say this - while the Bible certainly weighs in on the subject of homosexuality, it doesn't weigh in on the subject of gay marriage or whether or not a government should treat its citizens equally. I have come to my beliefs because I think Jesus would want me to treat and love everyone equally. I'm not posting these things to get into some big debate on the topic because I really don't want to. No one can change my mind (other than God), and I may not be able to change anyone else's mind, but, as a Christian, I felt compelled to present this side of the story after so many other Christians presented their side yesterday.

P.S. I've edited this post about a thousand times after clicking "publish." I take this issue very seriously, and I want my words to reflect that.

18 comments:

  1. I just read this article less than five minutes ago and I totally LOVED it.

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  2. You're awesome and I'm proud of you for sharing. It's hard to share posts like these in the blogging community -- I've been attacked before for posting one tiny political thing. You wrote it very gracefully and thoughtfully, and I appreciated it. Love you!

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  3. You said that so well! I agree with you completely. You managed to say that far more succinctly than I can even manage to say it in my head.

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  4. I'm glad you posted that link. I feel the same way, and I have avoided saying anything on friends posts and whatnot... People just get too heated on this topic.

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  5. Thank you for posting this. I'm a Christian (Mormon) who supports marriage equality and it's been really disheartening this past week to see my fellow believers support what I believe to be a hurtful cause. I support marriage equality because I'm Christian. I think this is an important viewpoint that gets overlooked in the political debates, so I'm glad you spoke up. Glad enough to leave my first comment. (Also, congrats on the pregnancy!)

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  6. Jasmine, as a non-believer, I love to hear this ... it makes me feel hopeful and confident that we can make the world a better place. I am thankful for those like you, and everyone else who has room in their hearts to "love thy neighbor." <3

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  7. thank you. you are the kind of christian that IS christian. I appreciate that. I don't understand why some people can be so judgmental and hateful when they proclaim they are so religious. This is why I no longer participate in any church. I just try to be a good person.

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  8. Thank you for this post. I am a long-time reader, always enjoying your posts and photos and writing, but slightly wary of organized religion. You reminded me today that not all Christians are like the folks who act so hateful at times. <3

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  9. Jasmine, you rule. Thanks for being so brave and for posting this. I absolutely love to see Christians who don't judge others and who are still really strong about their beliefs. I was SO happy to read this.
    xo

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  10. My views exactly! Thanks for saying it so well.

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  11. Amen ;-).

    I'm from The Netherlands and in my country gay marriage is already allowed for over ten years. I don't believe in any kind of God, but I do believe in equal rights. I love your post. I know this is still a hot topic in your country and being a christian doesn't make it any easier I guess.

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  12. Thank you so much for posting this article! It means so much to hear there are good Christians out there who really support equality.

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  13. I think the one word that covers my feelings on this post is AMEN. And, if I had to choose another word, BRAVA! I know it can be super scary posting on things that seem to make other people bonkers, but I think it's awesome of you to address something, unpretentiously and honestly, that is important to you. Love thy neighbor. Do unto others. GO JASMINE!

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  14. Totally loving this. I think it's great for people who have beliefs that might not fit into the "mainstream Christian" worldview to make themselves known. I truly feel that the fundamental bedrock of Christianity should be kindness and tolerance, and you express that here very well.

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  15. Really miss your posts!! Hope you are alright and you'll be back to blogging soon. Love from a fan :)

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  16. Really miss your blogs and hope you'll be back soon! Hope things are okay!

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  17. Blogspot must have sent me to your blog for a reason, and I certainly think this post was it. As a fellow Christian it was fantastic to read that I'm not the only one who feels this way on the subject of Gay Marriage.

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  18. This was really well put and I agree wholeheartedly with you!!

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