Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A little rant on today's social issues.

Our Founding Fathers came to this country to escape religious persecution. They didn't believe living in a country where your country tells you what religion you should follow or how to follow it. By design, religion was separated from government. Why do you get upset when the country reaffirms that? The Constitution says nothing about marriage, gay or otherwise. The First Amendment "provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." By allowing everyone to marry, no church is forced to marry anyone. Stop pretending this is the end of the sanctity of churches.

Do a little research. You shouldn't pick and choose which part of the Bible works for you or not. If we would use it as strict doctrine, we would still have slaves and beat our wives. The Jesus that I was taught about cared for the less fortunate, the marginalized, the oppressed. Are you doing that living your Christian life?

Then we have the debate about God in our Government. The 20th century is when our country started adding "Under God" to everything or adding Ten Commandments to public buildings. I am a proud Christian, but having the line between church and state is perfectly fine with me. That is how it was and should be. When referring to our country and how it has strayed from our founding principles, I think you are not looking far enough back in our history.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

On the eve of 4th of July weekend be proud of your country. Stop beating it up. It is by far the best in the world when it comes to freedoms. Enjoy it! Go out and try to "form a more perfect union."

1 comment:

  1. Well said. Of course we cannot change the minds of those that are determined to think another way, but that doesn't stop me from attempting to reason with them. Just as the ranters ("you're persecuting us Christians!!") have cherry-picked the Bible to suit their needs, now they are reinterpreting the words of the founders. They really HAVE forgotten that freedom of religion was one of our MAJOR founding issues. Not one has shown me how marriage equality has affected their life. Not one has shown me how their "Christianity" is being persecuted. They listen to the ranters and believe every word - because they already believe it. Their minds cannot be opened. Sad for them, but we continue to march forward, making our experiment in democracy a little better each time. Keep the faith!! Thanks for the rant - it was a good one.