Why Are Political Fights Important
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        The aspects of any issue boils down to whether or not it is important to someone. For instance, why do unions fight for a raise for their membership, call them out on strike for days, and end up getting slightly over what they were asking for? Why do minimum wage earners fight constantly for a few cents more on their paycheck when the economies of most cities guarantee that they will never make a living wage or ever be able to buy a home? Someone is benefitting by all these moves, but it is a cinch it is not the lowly wage earner! Anything that is criminalized only drives it underground and multiplies the availability of it from unlawful means.
       Which brings up the question: who benefits from the political football of Gay Marriage? Not to single out any one issue, but to try and make a point. First off, we must establish who is fighting the hardest against it. For instance, if a gay employee works for a corporation who supplies insurance for the employee and his family, would it make sense for the manager of that corporation to endorse gay marriage? This would mean that as soon as the employee marries, whether gay or straight, then the insurance premium suddenly goes up. This could pertain to the U.S. Government, the military branches, or state and local governments.
         Then there are the religious aspects!
        The church pulpit is one of the main whipping posts against gay marriage, or homosexuality, for that matter. The main book that is quoted against gay encounters is in the Old Testament. In Leviticus 20:13 it says, "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.1 They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” This is quoted from the pulpit practically every Sunday. Then what about those who choose to have sex outside their marriage? Leviticus 20:10 If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife, or with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death! Furthermore, Leviticus 20:9 states; “For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him. (This is to disregard or disrespect his parents). This shows that there is more than one thing that is displeasing to the God of the Old Testament and, ultimately, has the same penalty. Then, what about other religions (non-Jewish), that had the penalty of death looming over them in the Old Testament? These were all considered abominable and punishable by stoning until life left the body. Where does one draw the line on anything?
        What if suddenly, one bright, Sunday morning, one pastor had the nerve to stand in his pulpit and condemn all of these breaches of the law of the Old Testament? What if he emphasized the penalties for all? It is certain there would be a mass exodus of his congregation shortly thereafter! The next bright, Sunday morning, he would be preaching to an almost empty worship hall. How many of his congregants have multiple marriages? How many children disobeyed their parents that week? How many secret liaisons were taking place in this particular congregation? Are these men, who preach hate against anything that they consider a sin, just doing this to make themselves shine and everyone else look bad? Seems to me! Scripture teaches that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God!”
It boils down to a matter of economics. Say what is pleasing to the congregation, do not get them overly excited, just as long as they pay heavily on the offering plate and keep those cards and letters of approval coming in. If the penalty, for all these infractions is the same, why not give them equal playing time?
        The message of the Christ, of the New Testament, was forgiveness as was demonstrated by the ‘woman taken in adultery’. Does not the potter have power over the piece of clay? Does He not know that only those who truly seek forgiveness will receive forgiveness? The only person who truly knows their own true motive is that person, themselves. Who are we to judge another person’s motive? This is an individual affair between the creation and the Creator “who judges the quick and the dead!” Are those who oppose someone else’s lifestyle, fearing that their beliefs are not strong enough to expel someone else’s beliefs? Are they afraid that someone else’s beliefs will contaminate them or their offspring no matter how strongly they may teach them?
        Gay marriage, at this present stage, as stated, is a political football. It is to be bounced around the halls of Congress and sold to the highest bidder. Who stands to gain? Lawyers, courthouses, politicians, hirelings, and large corporation owners stand to gain. Finally, the individual, who is allowed to do whatever is decided by other human beings, will feel that he has won something. But did he or she win? What happens when divorce looms as the only alternative? What happens when the newness wears off? What happens when he or she sees their significant other lying sick beyond repair? What happens when one or the other decides to leave, taking half of what was accumulated during their relationship? These are all things to be pondered while deciding the all-important steps that must be taken to entwine two lives.
The lawyers will eventually win!