Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Call to Reform

I hate stating political opinions and strive not to in my facebook statuses. So when I thanked Jesus for the ruling in AZ, I feel like I need to elaborate a little further as to my beliefs. There are two moral dilemmas in politics right now that I believe need further analysis and explanation.

First, the Arizona situation. The governor of Arizona has attempted to pass two major laws since entering office. The first being immigration reform and the second banning ethnic studies. Both of these laws seem to attack the ethnic minority, specifically Hispanics. The main issues I have with this are that people are being racially profiled. As is, my husband gets pulled over all the time for “Driving while Brown”. With this new law, he would get pulled over and be required to show 3 forms of ID. If I were pulled over, I would not. This is racial profiling, which is supposed to be illegal in this country. This brings me to an amazing quote:

"It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish," Rep. Jared Polis

This law treats Hispanics as second class citizens. And like the Jews before WWII, they are being blamed for unemployment. I’m not trying to sound crazy and claim that were going to have a holocaust here. Nor am I suggesting that this is anything like what they went through. I am just pointing out warning signs of history repeating itself, starting off by treating some as second class citizens.

Immigration needs reform, but racism is not the answer. Consider this:

1 John 3: 15-18
If you hate each other, you are murderers, and we know that murderers do not have eternal life. We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That's why we must give our lives for each other. If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.

That is so impactful, isn’t it? That last verse is so convicting to me, especially as I sit here and blog.

Next topic: Prop 8

I love democracy. Whenever it is disregarded, I get an uneasy feeling. So that part of today’s decision upset me. However, there is more to this multifaceted political/moral dilemma.

I believe that our God, being sovereign and good, allows us to choose to follow Him. We can either follow him or choose sin. So, I think our government should not force those who do not choose to follow the bible to. We are not God, only he can judge. If people choose to participate in same-sex marriage, God is not stopping them and neither should we. He allows them to choose a life following world, or following him. We should just be witnessing and letting them know what they bible thinks of this, not forcing them to do what we believe is right.

With that said, marriage is a sacred vow between God, a man and woman. It seems to degrade marriage in the biblical Christian context.

So here enters my next theory: Separation of Church and State.

Marriage should be granted to all couples, but in legal terms only (not the vow before God). We will call these civil unions for all. By separating church and state, marriage (the non legal binding vow before God) can remain a religious act. That way, there is true separation of church and state, yet equality. Homosexuals are not the only ones who have attempted to change this sacred vow, people have been disregarding the sacredness of marriage for a long time; the divorce rate is over 50% and people marry multiple times. Why are we Christians ostracizing homosexuals alone on this issue? Many people are at fault for this and that is why we need what the constitution lays out for us: the Separation of Church and State.

The status Quo sucks. We need reform. What should we do?

3 comments:

britheblogger said...

i think i'm going to follow your lead and not longer post political views on FB. Its much better to open a lengthy discussion in a blog rather than a trite post on FB that gets a few people riled up but inevitably gets lost in the newsfeed and never properly discussed. Also, I like your view on prop 8

Just Another Manic....Tuesday? said...

Hello from a new follower!
First of all I have 100 percent the same feelings as you on these two very important subjects. I am a lover of the Lord but one thing my Lord has taught me is not to pass judgement. As a sinner myself what right do I have to judge a fellow sinner? Love, compassion, and acceptence are so important, it seems society has forgotten these things.

Sorry to ramble on lol! I look forward to reading your thoughts!

Stephenie
http://bechens.blogspot.com/

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