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Would Jesus Condone Same Sex Marriage?


Response to Memories Pizza in Indiana has run the gamut. Some threatened to burn down the establisment; popular Conservative talk show host Dana Loesch set up an online fundraiser to offset the financial lost incurred by the Christian business owners. (It raised almost $850,000 dollars. Wow!) What was the crime of this popular mom and pop pizza joint? Exercising their Religious Freedom and their First Amendment rights.

A news reporter ASKED the owners of Memories Pizza if they would be willing to cater at a gay wedding. Co-Owner Kevin O’Connor responded,

“I don’t turn anybody away from the store, I don’t have a problem with gay people. I just don’t condone the marriage.”

This reply set off a firestorm reverberating across Liberal and Conservative lines. Some staunchly supporting the owners, others spewing hate and vitirol aimed at shutting Memories down.

In the last few days, social media has continued to keep the debate alive. One of my Facebook friends insists if Jesus was asked to supply a cake or build a table for a gay wedding reception, He’d do so gladly. In quoting the post,

He would sell them a table, and a darned good one at that.”

Let’s say he’s right. For those Christians standing with those who embrace the homosexual lifestyle, they stand on the argument of love, citing God’s love of all people. I don’t question the love of God for all people. John 3:16 states,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Note, God fails to insert an asterisk or offer a disclaimer. No Christian famliar with the teachings of the Bible argues God’s love for all people.

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

When thinking about how Jesus handled the issue of sin in people’s lives, I often cite the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus demonstrates the model of ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner.’

As Jesus taught, religious leaders dragged a woman from the bed of an adulterous liaison and dropped her at the Master’s feet. The religious leaders circled, spewing judgment on the woman, reminding Jesus and all within earshot about the Law. For her infidelity, she deserved the prescribed punishment – a public stoning.

In response to their vitriol, Jesus stooped and scratched something in the dirt, then stood and challenged,

“You who are sinless cast the first stone.”

I’ve often wondered what Jesus wrote. I doubt He wasted His time on doodling stick figures. I wonder if He jotted a list of sins with which these men struggled. Maybe He wrote the words, “pride,” lust,” or the word that labeled the actions of the religious leaders – “entrapment.” (How did these men know about this woman’s indiscretion and the ability to catch her in the arms of a man not her husband?)

As these men cast aspersions at the woman and questioned Jesus’ handling of the situation, I imagine their words trailed off as they watched Jesus write. If Jesus enumerated a list of transgressions, as each man’s besetting sin appeared, the Spirit of God pricked their hearts. When He stood to authorize the first hurled stone, each dropped his rocks, slinking away. Jesus asked,

 ”Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?

“No one sir,” she replied

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.

Many who demand acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, quote only the first part of Jesus’s statement. Jesus added the following exhortation,

“Go and leave your life of sin.”

Let’s visit the carpenter shop owned by Joseph, with Jesus apprenticing.   A couple living in a gay relationship request the Son of God craft a banquet table for a wedding feast.  There’s no doubt He’d make a “darned good one…” But would He condone the wedding?

I envision Jesus requiring the partners to spend time with Him in the carpenter shop, the Master sharing spiritual truths while He sawed, chiseled and sanded. I can see the partners squinting through sawdust laden air, complaining about the threats of the religious leaders to have them stoned to death.  I see Jesus listening to their concerns and maybe even saying,

“Don’t worry, there’s no condemnation here…”

But adding,

“Go and leave your lives of sin…”

Of course the couple’s taken aback.

Oh no, another armchair Rabbi ensnared by the teachings of  some antiquated scrolls…..

Many believe Jesus never addressed same sex marriage, thereby claiming homosexual unions are left up to the discretion of the people who choose them.  Maybe in the writings of the Gospels we find no mention of same sex marriage, but Jesus does address Biblical marriage.  In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus says,

“And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?”So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”…

Jesus doesn’t add,

“Oh and that’s why men marry each other and women marry each other as well.”

That’s not God’s standard for marriage.

I can imagine the couple in the carpenter shop either being convicted of their sin and repenting or leaving the shop insulted and outraged, either way the banquet table no longer necessary.

If the government forces Christian owned businesses to provide the same services to all wedding ceremonies whether straight or gay, maybe the owners should adopt a “come to the table making” strategy.  To appease both sides, the owners share their views on godly marriage, expressing truths from the Bible.  I can imagine some couples embracing the views, others tolerating the “opinions, and several storming out of the bakery, decrying “discrimination.”  But see, it wouldn’t be discriminatory with all couples submitting to free pre-marital counsel.  Of course the above is hyperbolic, but nowhere is it written that a Christian’s morals and conscience are to be left once vacating the shadow of the steeple on Sunday mornings.

Hang in there Memories Pizza, many around this great nation support you.

 

A Closer Look at the Life of a Young Conservative, Anna Maria Hoffman


A couple of weeks ago, I discovered I enjoyed interviewing people and posting answers about their lives on my blog. I started with some of the primary actors/actresses from “God’s Not Dead.” Now I hope to share several entries from Conservatives who work diligently to wheel America back to the Right. Please take a moment to become more acquainted with Anna Maria Hoffman

 I don’t know much more about you than your Twitter Bio which shares, “@CCultured Founder. Socially and Fiscally #tcot #prolife #profamily #freemarkets #2A.” Could you tell us a bit more about yourself? Where are you from?

I am originally from Orange County, California, but my parents are from Lithuania and grew up under the former Soviet Union. Their stories of their upbringing have largely molded my political philosophy and inspired me to keep up the good fight to restore our nation to its founding principles.

Where did you graduate from college?

I graduated from UC San Diego last year, earning a B.A. in Human Development. Also, I graduated Cum Laude and finished college in three years.

What are some of your interests outside of the political arena?

My interests outside of politics include dancing, singing, cooking, baking, hiking, traveling, and sightseeing.

Please tell us more about being the Founder @CCultured. What is its purpose?

I founded Counter Cultured in September 2012, because there was no youth voice on culturally conservative issues in the conservative blogosphere. I also saw the need for social conservatism to be rebranded, because people mistakenly think it embodies big government policies when, in reality, it embraces small government principles. In addition, I noticed that the pro-family movement’s greatest weakness is youth outreach, so I wanted to create an online outlet where we could cultivate online youth grassroots activism on key cultural issues.

For those who may be interested, what is that website address?

http://www.counterculturedusa.com

What do you hope your website accomplishes?

Through Counter Cultured, we seek to make the connection between limited government and cultural conservatism. We also believe that we can largely renew our culture through engagement on the local level.  It’s a reason why we do video projects for our site. By participating in these video projects, young people can make their voices heard on important cultural issues, such as the right to life, marriage, and religious liberty. Our “Young Men Speaking Out for Life” video project, our first video project, has been our most successful one thus far. Now, we are looking for participants to participate in our new video project on religious liberty. More details can be found under the “Video Projects” tab on our website.

What is your role on counterculturedusa.com?

As the founder of Counter Cultured, I run the site, write blog posts, and create videos and video projects.

What are some of the most compelling reasons for you to embrace Conservatism?

I embrace conservatism because it’s common sense. It’s a philosophy that embodies freedom, a stable civil society, and fiscal responsibility. I like how its core tenets put more faith in local entities, such as families, communities, and civic organizations, rather than the government. I think more people my age would embrace it if they knew the truth about it. It’s up to us to tell them that truth, as this administration’s policies continue to collapse right in front of them.

Recently, you appeared on a panel on a Blaze TV program hosted by Dana Loesch. Tell us about that experience.

My experience on The Dana Show was wonderful. I am very happy I got to discuss women’s issues with a great group of young conservative women. I am incredibly thankful to Dana Loesch for informing her audience about my website.

And you also had the opportunity of meeting Glenn Beck?

Yes. It’s still hard for me to believe that I met Glenn Beck in pajamas while we were filming the hate mail slumber party segment of the show. It’s an experience I will never forget.

Do you see signs that there could be a Conservative resurgence in America, and if so, what do you consider to be some of those sign posts?

It’s hard to tell at this point, but we have to remember that we have so many tools these days to make that resurgence happen. We often forget about how grassroots activism has the power to change hearts and minds and pressure politicians to do the right thing on Capitol Hill. Through better messaging and online and local grassroots activism, I think we can bring more people over to conservatism and mobilize people to hold our local, state, and federal governments accountable.

What drives you to fight for a freer America?

My passion for conservatism and my family background drive me to fight for a freer America. My parents grew up under an oppressive society with limited freedom. America is truly the last beacon of hope and freedom in our world. We cannot let ideologues who are motivated by power and self-interest ruin the dreams and futures of my generation and the rest of Americans.

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I want to offer a special thanks to Anna Maria Hoffman for allowing us a closer look into her life. Obviously this Country needs more young Conservatives like her. You can follow Anna Maria on Twitter @AM_Hoffman and be sure to check out her website counterculturedusa.com.

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