Regarding politics, social laws and things like that I am a bystander. I realize that makes me a disappointment to people who are working very hard and making tremendous personal sacrifices in order to ensure the betterment of living for themselves and/or for others. But the truth is, I don't like attending rallies. I don't picket. I don't like attending meetings and conferences - for anything, really.
In essence, I don't join causes - even when the cause should be my own.
Never have. Maybe that will change as I age. Don't know.
But I do know I am finding myself speaking out more and more about certain issues. And these issues tend to be closely associated with my faith. The main issue which inspires me to speak out is the issue of - acceptance.
As a member of the Christian faith - as opposed to the Christian religion - I am inspired to try and behave as Jesus behaved. And regarding acceptance of others, there was only one group of people Jesus rebuked: religious hypocrites.
So when I read news articles like this one, I find myself annoyed enough to want to speak out loud.
Apparently, there is this national group calling itself the Christian Legal Society. (For some reason I find that name scary. Even foreboding.) It wants to exclude certain people from its voting membership because they don't act/think/believe the same way as the group's general membership.
Personally, I have no trouble with these kinds of groups excluding others. Women's groups can exclude men. Men's groups can exclude women. Gay groups can exclude non-gays, and so on and so on.
Where I have trouble is when these groups want government money. By definition, this money is coming from ALL of the people. The government is not a separate entitity - no matter how badly it behaves. So by taking money from the governemnt, these groups are also taking money from the very people they are excluding. I think that's wrong.
The CLS (sounds like a disease - and I have a sick feeling it just may be one - a fatal disease if not treated correctly) claims it has the right to only include those it wants. No argument from me on that point. To paraphrase something my best friend once said to me when we were young: Anybody who would join that group deserves to belong to it.
The CLS also claims it has a right to receive financial help from the universities and campuses where it holds meetings.
Forming a group which poses no threat (and I'm not sure CLS qualifies in this) is a right of all U.S. citizens. And even visitors.
Receiving government money for your group is a priviledge, and as such comes with stipulations which must be met. The CLS does not meet these stipulations of openness. Therefore, the CLS should NOT get any money.
They say they are Christians? Okay. Then hear what Jesus said about the government:
Then he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
That's in the Gospel of Matthew. Chapter 22, verse 21.
This is a government issue. Therefore, if CLS is going to "do as Jesus would do", they should shut up and give up on the money instead of trying to force the government to give it to them.
The CLS claims gay/lesbian/bi-/trans/etc. people are "evil". No. They're not. They are normal human beings. Made in the image of God and due the respect as such.
What is evil? Using religion as a cover for lack of faith in order to gain wealth and power while making the lives of others miserable.
The CLS is a legal group. They are entitled to exist by U.S. law.
But I think their behavior is an abomination in the eyes of God. I don't care what they call themselves. I see nothing of Christ in their behavior.
And do you know what's sad? The court decision is going to be based less on what is right, good or morally just, and more on who has the most money to get what they want?
That's another kind of evil.