Thursday, January 05, 2006
Christians, Gay Marriage and Poverty
I'm reading a spectacular book called Faith of My Fathers, which is a transcript of a dialogue between 3 sons, their father and their grandfather about what it means to be a pastor. In the book they talk about all kinds of issues, but I'm in a section where they're talking about gay marriage, and I found this quote comparing the issue of gay marriage to the issue of poverty to be particularly cogent. BRIAN:...I think homosexualilty is wrong. That's not an issue for me. The issue for me is that if the church would embrace [the elimination of] poverty omong children with the same vigor they use to embrace the anti-homosexual marriage amendment, then we could do a lot of good for being salt and light in the world. But we don't embrace other issues because gay marriage is an issue we can be against without having to change anything in our lives. We can use it as an issue and be against it and fight it because we never have to make a change -- versus child poverty; we'd have to do something about that. I think the second half of Brian's statment is powerful -- I think it easier for many of us to get jazzed up and even quite adamant about issues that don't require us to change in any way.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:02 AM