The Problem With Religion

It was shocking. And for most Americans, it was unexpected. And then the problem with religion was on center stage.

On June 26, 2015, the SCOTUS, in a landmark decision ruled that same-sex marriages were legal. The hashtag #Love Wins flooded the internet, as did #Equality For All.

People were shown hugging one another with tears of joy. Now, for the first time ever, same-sex couples are protected under the Constitution from any bans that would deny them the same rights as heterosexual couples.

That’s how love won.

A paragraph of the majority opinion in the ruling authored by Justice Kennedy prompted comments from people on what they believed to be a beautiful, compassionate and romantic definition of marriage. An hour later, the paragraph had gone viral:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. —Justice Anthony Kennedy

Then the love that was won hit the wall.

The problem with religion was ablaze. Conservative Christians, some GOP leaders, and Presidential candidates disagreed, intensely, with the ruling.

Probably the most wigged-out reaction came from Bryan Fischer of American Family Radio. In just one paragraph, Fischer compared the ruling to slavery, 9/11, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Sodom and Gomorrah. A frenzied Fischer announced:

From a moral standpoint, 6/26 is the new 9/11, because it was on this day that five justices of the United States Supreme Court became moral jihadists, They became rainbow jihadists and they blasted the twin pillars of truth and righteousness into rubble. And they did this by imposing sodomy-based marriage on the United States through an act of judicial tyranny. Today, June 26, 2015, is a date which will live in infamy. On this day, the United States became Sodom and Gomorrah.

Yikes! That’s an offensive thing to say. That’s the problem with religion.

But Fisher was not the only conservative Christian who reacted with agony and sorrow at the prospect of gay marriage across the land. Indeed, there was a great deal of weeping and gnashing of teeth.

All of the nay-sayers seem to believe the institution of marriage is at stake. Their priority is to uphold this sacred union. This is God’s will. The Bible states marriage is between a man and a woman.

Now here is where this Bible-quoting loses credibility.

Divorce is against God’s will and against the teachings in the Bible. Having sex outside of marriage is also a big no-no according to Bible teachings. And living together in sin? A huge taboo in Scripture.

What’s the difference between these sins and the implied sin of same-sex marriage?

Can someone explain that to me?

I asked that question in a Facebook group that was declaring how America was on the verge of collapse and every American was going to hell because the ruling is against the inerrant word of the Bible. The group could not answer my question, but they did send me a short video of why they thought Obama is bad for America.

I moved on and had a three hour back and forth conversation on a Facebook group belonging to Fr. James Martin. Even with over 11,000 comments, no one could answer my question. That’s the problem with religion.

My point is there is no difference. Every sin is against the inerrant word of the Bible.

Divorce is against God’s will, and Christians get divorced all the time. There’s no revolt about that sin. Christians have premarital sex and cohabitate outside of marriage. That’s a sin in the Bible. Where’s the protest about that to the Supreme Court? Why is that seemingly tolerated with little objection, but same-sex marriage qualifies for continued flogging and imprisonment?

That’s such hypocrisy and that’s the problem with religion!

God is love. As followers, we are to love one another. Why is that so difficult? We are all created equal in the eyes of God, but that equality is blurred by many so-called Christians who believe themselves superior.

It reminds me of the dogmatic practices and beliefs of the Pharisees. They were so blinded by greed and power, that they missed the possibility that the Messiah could be the humility and grace in a man called Jesus.

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