… On May 8th North Carolinians will get to vote on the Marriage Amendment that defines marriage in the state of North Carolina between a man and a women as the only legally recognized union. You can drive through any neighborhood in Charlotte and see the topic has deeply divided neighbors, even churches. At my job I can look out my window at the Baptist church across the street and see their signs for the amendment and 4 blocks down the road is the Methodist church with signs urging it’s congregants to vote against it. You needn’t guess which sign was in my yard – the one in support of the amendment. I say “was” because it was stolen last week. So much for respecting differing opinions.
My support of the amendment means I believe in the sacramental nature of marriage. What it does not mean is that I hate homosexuals or am a bigot. Bishop Jugis wrote in his letter to the diocese “The Church believes that marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman, joined as husband and wife in an intimate partnership of life and love.”
You can disagree with this, but that is what the Church teaches. The Church, that 2,000 year old institution founded by Jesus Christ himself. If I were going to take the word of an anyone over my own faulty understanding, I would have to say the Church would be the safest bet. In fact, when we come across any Church teaching we disagree with it would be prudent to ask what is wrong with my understanding instead of what is wrong with the Church. If we search the truth with humility it will be plain to see the error is our own.
Trying to emotionally hypothesize that Jesus would be for any two people in love marrying because Jesus is love and ate with sinners is, frankly, ludicrous and presumptuous. You don’t need to wonder “What would Jesus do”. Instead look at what He said and actually did. Go, and sin no more. Period. Sin no more.
And that is what the marriage amendment is. Supporting the sanctity of marriage and encouraging homosexuals to sin no more. Homosexual activity is always wrong, all the time, no matter what. If you support gay marriage you personally encourage the sin.
I encourage all North Carolinians to vote FOR the marriage amendment on May 8th.
“The natural institution of marriage has been blessed and elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament. This means that Christian marriage is more than a contract between two persons. Because they are married in the Lord, the spouses acquire a special relationship to each other and to society. Their love becomes a living image of the manner in which the Lord personally loves His people and is united with them. Living a Christian sacramental marriage becomes a fundamental way of attaining salvation.
Because marriage offers benefits, unlike any other, to persons, to society and to the Church, the institution of marriage, as the union of one man and one woman, must be preserved and protected.”
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