It is true. I consider myself to be a liberal. Yet one thing is for sure, I believe in God. Here, right here on this site, I have written words pertaining to situations in my life where I have been tested and torn asunder. The only viable conclusion I can make at this point is that God exists. I liken my revelation to that which C.S. Lewis concluded.
Within us is the knowledge, the awareness, of what is right and what is wrong. How can this be? How can it be that we are aware of what is righteous if, as animals, we compare ourselves to the beasts of the earth? The beasts of the earth, where the strong defeat the weak. How is it we, as humans, understand that helping the weak is the morally righteous thing to do?
It is simple logic. I personally believe in God, though I am indeed a liberal. This must seem totally ridiculous, am I right? I believe in choice, I believe in gay marriage, I believe in subsidies and programs for those who might very well take advantage of the kindnesses that the government provides at the expense of my tax dollar.
How can I be a Christian and believe in such things? Well, personally I would never have a girlfriend whom I got pregnant have an abortion. Personally I relish the idea of having a family; having a son or daughter to love and raise is a gift afforded me by God if indeed he has plans for me to do so.
Yet I cannot in good conscience decide what is right or wrong for different people in different situations. Me declaring what a woman, whom I’m not involved with, can or can not do with her body is not a decision I can make for other people. I keep thinking the kind of life a child might be brought into may be more painful than death. Or so goes one argument pro-choice supporters argue.
So I concede the notion that couples have to make that decision on their own and that the government should not legislate a personal, medical and psychological decisions for the populous.
Now, love is love. Where people find love can be in many different places and from many different people. Whom a person chooses to love is their own personal decision and they should be allowed basic human rights of marriage regardless if the person another person chooses to love is the same sex or not.
There is scripture pertaining to the immorality of homosexuality. Personally I am not homosexual. Yet it is not my place to decide whom another person should love and be intimate with. Nor is it the government’s place. Love is love. If a person is honest with themselves and finds comfort and fulfillment in a member of the same sex, congratulations. That is a success that many straight people fail to discover.
The argument involves the topic of the sanctity of marriage. Well considering half of all marriages fail I beg to question, how hallow is the sanctity of marriage if it is so subject to be broken with divorce by over half the people who enter into it? Studies show that homosexual marriages have almost less than half the divorce rate of heterosexual relationships. So I ask, which set of people do more to define the sanctity of marriage?
It may seem as though my idea of what is right and wrong is fairly finite. Yet the Bible teaches to not lean on our own understanding.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”(Proverbs 3:5)
I do not deem myself righteous in my beliefs, because my beliefs are what I understand. Yet what I understand can not be the answer for all souls on this earth who themselves are attempting to understand what is best for them. The world is cruel and dark, yet peace is found when we stop judging others. God is the true judge and Christ himself spoke words against judging others.
“For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:2)
As I ponder my pronouncements herein, I acknowledge I do so not in self preservation nor in any attempt to garner favor. I do so to clarify with my clarity my beliefs so that you may know the heart of the person who writes these words. These words may be lost on pages never beheld by eyes. Yet they stand as my testimony before God. That the world may see a man no better than those many Christians deem as deviants.