In Gay Marriage and LGBTQ Battles, Christianity is Not to Blame

Americans are already aware of politicians’ keen senses that can sway the opinions of the masses with a couple of hopeful words. Obama’s recent support for gay rights falls under this same idea. Scrutiny of Obama's gay marriage support, often involves words to the effect of, “he’s doing it to get votes —don’t fall for it.” This seems plausible. Yes, Obama is a politician, but is there a deeper explanation for the whole shebang? Aside from the typical criticism, I think there’s a lot more to be said and rediscovered about Obama's stance on gay marriage.

As a person who stands for the Bible (which condemns homosexuality as a sin against God’s natural order), but also as a person who stands for the recognition of human rights, I have struggled to find solace. It’s ungodly to participate in discrimination despite any sexual orientation, ut it’s also saddening to hear that too many in the LGBTQ community attribute their suffering to the workings of Christians. Another thing, is that I’ve heard and read comments proclaiming Christians as “old school” and “irrational” cowards -- as if we need to get on the same page with the fresh, political, era that favors homosexuality more than ever, and support the research to find proof of homosexuality.

After thinking of solutions to find the middle ground — even though it bothered me to do so — I realized there is a huge, historical problem blocking our thinking. The government prevails as the actor in dealing out marriage licenses — Christians only vote. With this thought, the misnomered clause, “separation of church and state,” came to mind. I do not bring this up to vouch for what’s missing; I bring this up to say that this separation never happened in the first place. This does not only affect LGBTQ people, but everyone else as well. Without going into an extensive history lesson, over time we have failed to realize that the government did not truly remove itself from the affairs of religious establishments. We have forgotten to take a closer look in order to grasp that the government replaced the church — it usurped some of the God-given jurisdiction outlined in the Bible. The American government legitimized heterosexual marriage as “righteous” for “In God We Trust.” Yet, people of the LGBTQ community fault Christians and demand the same recognition which is rooted in the “old school, irrational” text of their “rivals.”

So, how do we ever solve for equality in a country that claims secularism, but tacitly embodies biblical truths? We might never. The Bible even sheds some light on this (two opposites cannot work together); as does science — lightness and darkness cannot coexist. Therefore, the LGBTQ community should not trust “Pastor” Obama with their votes on the basis of gay rights. The State was founded on Christian principles and now, it perpetuates itself under another name to secure votes (or possibly create distractions when they’re needed most). Ultimately, Obama and the government have always played both sides of the fences. Religion is politics, and this can be read inversely.

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Olivia Davis

Student '15 in Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Concentration: Labor Economics/ Minors: Law and Society, Inequality Studies/ Motto: Philippians 2:3-7 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Professional profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/olivia-davis/50/548/296/

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