What do we mean by freedom? What do we mean by choice? What do we mean by democracy?And lastly, how far do we go to satisfy ourselves? June 26 rocked the world as USA became the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage in its 50 states. This is in order to practice the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment of the US constitution. Obama was at first a non supporter of this campaign but what changed his mind? The easy answer: democracy – that in our times is synonymous to freedom, equality and choice. He was even quoted saying that Same-sex marriage approval was a victory for America because
when Americans are treated as equals, we are more free – Obama
Of course, not just America celebrated, but the celebration for this movement swept across South East Asia as well. Now, there are differing opinions on this issue with love wins and end of times hashtags overflowing Twitter and rainbow profile pictures filling Facebook. What is the issue here? Is it really homosexuals being given equal rights? It all boils down to the worth our society puts on classifications. That is. Homosexuals are deemed to be part of the so called minorities in society, which include women, yes, we are considered that, thus, this stereotyping puts limits to what they can and cannot do therefore, raising issues on inequality among societies. What is odd is that we have been bombarded with Gender Equality campaigns that are supported by both sexes. Since gender is more of a societal role unlike sex which is biological, we can say then that Gender Equality encompasses men, women and LGBTs. So, if everyone seems to be taking pride at equality and all movements that it entails, why does campaigns like this exist at all? Now, is inequality really existing or it has long been gone but is revived for whatever purpose it can cause institutions? But the same sex marriage law is different for it encompasses two meta narratives that are really difficult to appease: religion and politics. Now, talking about democracy and freedom, probably giving what the people want is considered good and equal. Since the modern society acknowledges the existence of people from all walks of life, then it is just rightful to give them benefits and laws applicable to them, because that is the only way a certain decree would make sense. Now, what if it totally contradicts what was preached in church? How far should democracy go? Sodom and Gomorrah. Those are the cities that resurfaced along with celebratepride campaign. Why? Because these are the cities burned in The Bible due to detestable sins.
Gen. 19: 24: Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah – from the Lord out of the heavens.
What exactly was this?
Romans 1: 26-27 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
That now is the premise of non supporters of same-sex union. No. They are not judging their LGBT friends, more so they are not against LGBT, they just oppose the union simply because their religious belief forbids it. But obviously, no matter how much The Roman Catholic Church is against it, so as other religious affiliations, some of their member are vocal about their full happiness and support for the passing of the law because finally they were allowed to love. We all are allowed to love whoever we want to love, however, we are not allowed to marry whoever we want to marry. For heterosexuals, that could touch the concept of adultery or concubinage, for LGBT it is just not allowed for it is just not traditional. In other countries at least. By limiting what we can and cannot do, we are not despising the individual. By saying that homosexuals can’t marry or by saying that people are non supporters of this new move, we are not forbidding the existence of these people but we are just not supportive of the act. What you do and who you are are two different things. That, we should understand. All of us. In reality, men will be creating their own laws that are not in accordance to Biblical laws so people say that we should stop debating regarding the morality of same sex marriage because violation of Biblical laws should have been expected. Now, another big word comes into picture: morality. A concept we all agree to be relative. So what exact measurement do we use that will cover each one’s tradition? Because if there really is no point of convergence in our basic principles, discussion is non sense. But what appalls me in this event is the number of people who are actually willing to go against their church beliefs just because they think this new move equalizes everything. If there is one thing that is sure, we always run to our Church-related principles to define what is right. If we acknowledge ourselves being part of a certain denomination, shouldn’t we submit fully to what it preaches? Can we really choose what not and what to follow if the Bible says this:
James 2:10: For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Again, there is not one verse in the Bible that says that being a homosexual is bad. What is condemned is the act that is detestable but not the individual himself. This we know because God created all people. It is just what we do that makes us worthy or not. Yes, we acknowledge our differences and our special needs, but how far do we stray away from our religious beliefs? When is the time we choose man’s law over that of our own preachers? At the end, it’s our choices that sums up our life as individuals.