Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Olbermann on the sanctity of marriage


Anonymous said...

"What is it to you?"
It's upholding a directive from God to keep the marriage bed pure. Whether you share that viewpoint or not, THAT is the only answer for the vast majority who oppose gay marriage.

Olbermann's viewpoint is fine from a totally secular stance. But to
Christians who view the bible as the inerrant, their truth is a simple equation, stated clearly in the Bible:

When you add these three things:
"God is Love",
"Homosexuality is detestable",
"God never changes"
you get:
Homosexuality cannot = love, not then, now or ever.

If God IS love, it's impossible for him also to be "detestable".

As far as redefining marriage, the bible's view has remained consistent. Anything lending to racial parameters or even polygamy were NOT directives, but rather were reported as cultural realities of the time - big difference.

Given that, the Christian right's viewpoint is clear and simple. Not agreeing with this view is a choice - just as valid as is theirs to espouse it. Accusing them of hatred or intolerance is to misunderstand them completely.

@rebeccaforever said...

The premise of your entire argument resides within a strict interpretation of the Bible. Strict interpretationalists are also known as fundamentalists. As a former California public school teacher, I have a hard time believing that more than half of the voting population of California are religious fundamentalists, both considering a divorce rate greater than 50% and given California's historically firm judicial stance toward teaching evolution in science classes.

Furthermore, as a Christian, you may view the Bible as an inerrant truth but that view would then prohibit both divorce and remarriage (Luke 16:18). Let's face it, the voting population of California is not about to Constitutionally reject either of those on the premise of fundamental Christian beliefs. That's just not how it is. With that said, you can't pick and choose which parts of the Bible you like and then reject policy on the claim that it violates said beliefs--the ones that you conveniently handpicked to begin with.

Any way you defend it, it still amounts to hypocrisy. Christ himself rebukes the Pharisees on what he deemed disingenuous: "Woe to you hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of all uncleaness" (Matthew 23:27).