New Found ‘Freedom’

     The Supreme Court ruled recently to legalize same-sex marriage in every state.  It is a hot button issue with many and is spurring much controversy.  On one side is the president’s progressive view and on the other side is the Biblical view. 
     The Biblical view is clearly outlined in several passages including 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. 
     In President Obama’s victory speech following the Supreme Court’s decision, he repeatedly stressed the importance of equality.
     The Bible also addresses the issue of equality in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 where ten types of behavior are listed; each behavior, according to the Bible, equally prevents one from inheriting the kingdom of God. 
     Logically then, the president’s progressive viewpoint relative to same-sex marriage should apply to the other lifestyles listed in the passage inasmuch as the Biblical consequences for each of the ten are equal.  In other words, if any of the ten activities are legalized in America, then logically there should be no reason not to legalize any of the other ten inasmuch as they are considered Biblically ‘equal.’
     So then, let’s apply this logic to another of the behaviors in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.  In fact let’s examine the very next activity listed after sexual behavior.
     “…nor thieves…will enter the kingdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 6:10
     Now let’s review several significant statements in President Obama’s victory speech to see how his logic would apply to the issue of thievery. 
     “This morning, the Supreme Court…reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law; that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are…”
     According to his logic of equality, the president implied that the Supreme Court reaffirmed that people, who have a desire and propensity to steal, should be protected by law to do so.
     “And this ruling is a victory for America.  This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts.  When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.” 
    He is basically stating that America has won a victory by allowing those who engage in thievery to do so freely.
     “I know that Americans of good will continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue.  Opposition, in some cases, has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs.  All of us who welcome today’s news should be mindful of that fact and recognize different viewpoints, revere our deep commitment to religious freedom.”
     The president acknowledges that there are many who, unlike him, do not see legal freedom to engage in thievery to be a victory.  He recognizes the conflict between his victory and religious freedom.
     His advice to minimize the conflict follows.
     “But today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple, often painfully, real change is possible.  Shift in hearts and minds is possible.  And those who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them…”
     The president then states that those who cling to Biblical teachings should reexamine their thinking and be willing to change their minds.  In addition, those who have just won the freedom to steal must be patient and encourage those who oppose thievery to join in the celebration of their newly sanctioned freedom. 
     Mr. President, you underestimate the resolve of those who trust the Bible.
     He continues:
     “We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American.  But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.”
     When the president speaks of ‘every child’ he omits the 55 million children who were freely and legally murdered within their mother’s protective body under Roe v. Wade.  Then he states that there is more work to be done to insure that every American can experience the freedom to steal without recourse. 
     Finally, the president proclaimed with certainty that the farther America strays from Biblical principles the ‘more perfect’ she becomes.    
     His summary statement:
     “America should be very proud.”
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