Hypocrisy, state-rights, love, and other drugs

I find myself laughing and crying at the hypocrisy of our nation. If you listen to “bleeding-heart” liberals, who are merely iron-fisted tyrants in soft clothes, they rail against discrimination and intolerance yet are incredibly willing to be extremely discriminatory and incredibly intolerant (that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call being self-contradicting) in the same matter.

In the news recently, a federal judge ruled that the state of Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages that originated in other states. A question that I would like to ask is, why? Well, according to the state’s attorney general, who has declined to appeal the decision because he doesn’t want to be part of any “discrimination” (aside from the fact that it’s obvious he has no convictions on the matter, convictions being sound reasoning based in testable facts), he obviously is a big-brother-government sympathizer who’s tenure in office need to be cut short either through impeachment or the next election. His job is to recognize the interests of the state of Kentucky, that safe, stable, secure family structures are required to raise the next generation of Kentucky citizens, and that even recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states violates that inherent obligation for the aims of the state he has chosen, and been elected to represent. See, Kentucky, as a sovereign state, is technically under no obligation to recognize ANY marriage performed in ANY other state BESIDES Kentucky. They do so as a convenience to its citizens, and anyone who would wish to reside within its borders and abide by its laws. They are under no obligation to any other state to recognize marriages performed within their jurisdiction and neither is any state obligated to recognize theirs.

Now, while states do often attempt to have similar laws, they can, and often do, vary the application of regulations laid out in those laws. The speed limits on highways vary by different states, the shoulder sizes vary, etc.; but when it comes to behavior, the variances can be even more tremendous. Nevada has legalized prostitution, but has it limited to certain places, times, and conditions. Some states have decriminalized small possessions of marihuana to ticket-able offenses, and have increased the penalties for large possessions, some states maintain the criminalization of it. We have age-of-consent laws to protect minors from being taken advantage of due to inexperience in life in both business and personal matters, because in both body and mind it is a scientifically, in biology and psychology, confirmed fact that below a certain age, a person is unable to conceive mentally certain conditional outcomes due to the interference of certain hormones, and while bodily they may be mature, their personage is not, and their personage ought to be protected.

Now, hold on before you call me a “backward-thinking homophobe”, and ask yourself something: what legitimate purpose does same-sex marriage serve? I’m at a loss.

You might want to argue love, but what do you mean by love? I love my kids, I don’t want to marry them. I love my cat, but I don’t want to marry her. I love my best friend, but I don’t want to marry her. See, I’ve come to the conclusion that, as a culture, we like to talk about love, but we really don’t know what it is. We like to talk about marriage, but we don’t know what that is either. If someone could ever adequately define those things, and show me how they apply to this issue I’d be happy to listen, but here’s the problem: they don’t.

See, love isn’t a feeling, or an attitude it’s an action, a collection of actions really. Oh, we try to cook it down to a feeling, but feelings, emotions are fickle things: we can love something one second and utterly despise it the next. Relationships built on emotions turn flat and eventually collapse, because the instant that “feeling” is gone so are the participants.

A wise man once gave a description of love, a description that was read at my wedding, but over the years, I’ve had to go back to it and remember exactly what it is that I am supposed to be doing. It’s found in 1 Corinthians 13:
“4 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful.
6 It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth.
7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends.…”

First of all, the man who chose the words in this passage chose a word for love that represented the highest Greek understanding of love, he used the word “agape”, it is a sacrificial type of love, it is the type of love that represents what God is seen to have expressed to man by engaging in an operation to save His creation, through the sacrifice of Christ on a cross.

Then, three qualities: patience, kindness, and not envious. Patience in Greek little means “small anger”, it means that while you may become angry, you examine the cause of that anger and get down to its root cause and you deal with it. Kind, in this sense it doesn’t mean just doing “nice things”, it means that it is shown extravagantly on the focus of the love, something God did in punishing his Son in our place, something to be explained more later. It isn’t envious, it recognizes differences and appreciates them by recognizing that it is not the other person’s job to satisfy whims.

Also, love doesn’t brag or boast. Love isn’t rash in making claims about itself, nor does it go around flaunting. It is a very humble thing. While it is to be admired, it is not the end goal, merely an expression of it.

It isn’t “rude”, it doesn’t act improperly, but rests on common, genteel assertions of itself. Also, it is not “self-serving”, it doesn’t operate for its own benefit. Being patient, it resists acting out in petulant anger, which is the ultimate expression of selfishness and refuses to be resentful, or unforgiving.

Further more, love isn’t “glad about injustice”. Love is about dealing justly, it’s about doing what is right, what is beneficial to both a person and to society in general. God is just, he has established certain operations parameters for people to operate within and to do what he designed mankind to be, His image-bearer, an image broken into two parts, male and female, one unable to exist without the other, but in sin and the resulting fall, mankind has rebelled against even this fact, but no matter how hard they try to run away from it, it always comes back to them. Justice ultimately reflects truth, and truth is found in what it takes to make people safe, secure, and free.

Finally, it bears, believes, hopes, and never fails. God, in His love took our sin, our rebellious state upon Himself, in the form of Christ and punished it, forever, “once, for all”, it says elsewhere. Now, as far as God is concerned, sin is dealt with if we just turn to Him in repentance and faith and do those things He has established for us to do. We may stumble, we may fall, but God is faithful, and those who have received His promise, who keep on walking in the path, will receive what He has promised: the abundant life. See the “hope” here isn’t like we think of it, as wishful thinking, but it’s like a claim check that you’ve received, but you aren’t responsible to hold into it, you just have to show up. And because this has been promised by God, He is responsible to fulfill it.

Maybe I’ve said too much, maybe I haven’t said enough. But I said what I said.


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