Gay Marriage is Legal in California

If Christians are really so serious about protecting the "sanctity" of marriage, maybe they (*whince* we) should try to ban divorce instead of gay marriage.

What's more important, who you love, or how you love? Is it more important who your friends are or how you treat them?

Fellow Christians, please keep your mouths shut and stop protesting gay marriage. it's not a battle that will gain any ground for God's kingdom. It will, however, make us all look like a bunch of &$%^& hypocrites, since the "sacred bond" we're protecting is routinely broken by over half of us.

This is a quote I found from Barna on religioustolerance.org:

A recent study by the Barna Research Group throws extreme doubt on these estimates. Barna released the results of their poll about divorce on 1999-DEC-21. 1 They had interviewed 3,854 adults from the 48 contiguous states. The margin of error is ±2 percentage points. The survey found:
bullet 11% of the adult population is currently divorced.
bullet 25% of adults have had at least one divorce during their lifetime.
bullet Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significantly higher than for other faith groups, and much higher than Atheists and Agnostics experience.

George Barna, president and founder of Barna Research Group, commented:

"While it may be alarming to discover that born again Christians are more likely than others to experience a divorce, that pattern has been in place for quite some time. Even more disturbing, perhaps, is that when those individuals experience a divorce many of them feel their community of faith provides rejection rather than support and healing. But the research also raises questions regarding the effectiveness of how churches minister to families. The ultimate responsibility for a marriage belongs to the husband and wife, but the high incidence of divorce within the Christian community challenges the idea that churches provide truly practical and life-changing support for marriages."

It looks like we've already got our hands full with heterosexual marriage. Let's finish chewing this bite before we take another one.


Wayne said...

It's refreshing to see what appears to be some sensibility coming from a religious christian.

People are people and it shouldn't be for us to judge anyone...leave that to your maker, right? All we need to focus on is getting along with each other.

If that is done by everyone, I believe that anyone up above would be quite pleased with that, in and of itself.

Interesting and refreshing post! Would love to have your opinion on some of my posts. :)

Ender said...

Love it!

David said...

Nice post!! The quote from George Barna was very interesting. It is very discouraging to me, as a Christ Follower, and to be blunt it really pisses me off, to see other Christ Followers reject and condemn someone who has been through a divorce or that has been through any of the big no, no's of Christianity. In my extensive knowledge of being screwed up, it is times such as those where a person just needs a good friend. Someone who will love them and just be there for them.

katy O said...

Thanks Justin.I hope you never loose that edge.
I fear Christ Followers have not yet figured out that Jesus is calling us to maturity.
If ever Christians were straining on a gnat,this is it. You know, Jesus didn't even adress homosexuality, but He did address marriage of believers. Oops...
Love God-Love People and make them into disciples. That is our assignment and should efficiently keep us out of trouble.
Cant wait to see you guys!
Kathy O