Separation of Church and State Round 2
Let's approach this next topic in three phases because it's way to complicated to dive right in and lump everything together all at once. First we will address the Church's view of homosexuality and the role the Church has played in the lives of these individuals in biblical times. Secondly we shall touch on the issue of the separation of Church and State. Finally, I will put it all together and share my views of one particular issue regarding the interference of the Church by the State and some possible implications thereof.
Homosexuality is nothing new. It occurs back in time further than I care to imagine. There is more than one mention of it in the Bible. In fact the Bible is where we get the word referring to anal and oral sex, sodomy and the individuals committing these and other perverted sexual acts, sodomites. The word sodomy was derived from Sodom, one of the two cities God had destroyed because he had deemed the inhabitants to have been perverted far beyond redemption. If you don't recall the story, maybe you should revisit or visit it if you have never done so the Book of Genesis. To make a long story short, people were having sex in all manners including men with men, women with women and group orgies throughout the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah... not too terribly different from the way things are today, only it was done more openly like in public places and in the streets. Therefore, God caused fire and brimstone to rain down upon the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying them both.
So this is what is used to define the Church's stance on homosexuality and other perverted sexual acts. These acts are spelled out in Leviticus. Specifically regarding homosexual men (Which of course silently implies gay women as well.) in Leviticus 18:22 for our purposes “Thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination!” Even if you don't believe in the Bible, it is the greatest piece of literature known to man and the best ethical and moral guide in the world. It is also where most of our laws have been derived from. Back in the days of Moses people were stoned to death for breaking these laws. Sexual perversion is such a strong force, I can understand how and why it perpetuates and grows. This is exactly why people are suppose to inure themselves in the Word of God. The Word of God protects people from these perverted carnal desires. There is so much to homosexuality that I will not delve too deeply into it here but will devote a post solely to it. Suffice it to say that homosexuality is NOT OK in the eyes of God and therefore should NEVER be accepted by the Church. Nor should the Church be Forced to accept it, which is the main point of this post.
But for now, let's discuss the issue of separation of Church and State. Back when this law was implemented, it was deemed necessary due to the Church's strength and influence in regards to the government and it effecting the policies of such. And there were many who disagreed with the Church's views and therefore pushed to have this law enacted. It was probably a good thing to have done this because ANY entity that grows to strong can become corrupt. As they say, absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is another issue which I will need to devote to it's own post, in fact more than likely several posts. I have already touched on this in a previous post. So I shall leave this alone for now and jump right to my point.
To an extent, I agree with the separation of Church and State. But that should also be a two way street. The government should not be able to dictate how a legitimate church worships, their beliefs or traditions. There is absolutely no way on God's green earth the government should be allowed to FORCE churches to perform GAY marriages. To do so is sacrilegious to a fault. I don't care if gays get married at the courthouse, but don't try to force the Church to give them a formal ceremonial wedding. That goes against everything that's Holy. Once again refer to Leviticus 18:22. If I were a preacher or pastor or whatever type of church leader they would have to prosecute me before I would EVER perform a gay marriage. This is why I elaborated on the Church's view on homosexuality at the beginning of this post. I have already heard one pastor/preacher declare that he would perform gay marriages. HOW CAN HE DO SUCH A THING knowing what the Bible says regarding the gay lifestyle? I was completely blown away when I heard him say that! This is where pastors, preachers, ministers, churches, Christians and anyone who believes in God and the good book need to discover a spine and STAND UP AND BE COUNTED! This is an issue that I and quite passionate about and will definitely be revisiting at a later date.