Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Note: The analogies used in this article are intended only to clarify or support an idea of marriage and is not intended to be applied otherwise, anywhere or upon anyone in a demeaning manner. It would not be accepted by this author.
"In forming and settling my belief relative to the doctrines of Christianity, I adopted no articles from creeds but such only as, on careful examination, I found to be confirmed by the Bible."
John Jay 1st Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
"Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System."
John Adams 2nd U.S. President
You don’t say golfing is tennis.
You don’t call a rabbit a duck.
It just makes common sense in our culture and way of life to keep certain main beliefs and actions defined so we can accurately respond to the needs involved across those varying principles. See, it wouldn’t be good to house a rabbit on a pond or compete at golf with a racket instead of a club. They are different. Not one better than the other or extraordinary from the additional, but rather just handled differently based on facts. It would be unfair to everyone involved if the duck was cultured as the rabbit or if tennis was scored the same as golf.
That is not to say when things are very similar or they respond in like ways or are biblical, we treat them with comparable reactions.
"In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. … The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just - a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless." (emphasis added)
Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.
An individual is a person whether he is black, white, red, brown, has two arms or one and we know this because in America we base our individual values found by inalienable rights defined on the cultural initial principals the founding father used for our governmental structure. Yes, Judeo-Christian values found in God’s word, which the founders believed was the only way our government can work.
Under these facts, marriage is a union between a man and a woman for the purposes defined within the context of values this republic was founded on (outlined above). Does that mean American’s ignore the beliefs of others who want to play a different game then how our government has been established to work on? No. But you don’t call golf tennis when it is not. Marriage is between a man and a woman but if others believe differently than give them similar advantages but don’t call it marriage. It is a different union. Maybe it should have the same advantages as a marriage but that doesn’t mean it is one. People can play golf or tennis, but it is just too confusing to call them both the same thing and keep score or even finish with winning results. Ducks can live in wooded areas with the rabbits but they do better if we give them a pond to play and feed from. I will gladly give my gay friends support for the same type advantages I get in my marriage with my wife, but just don’t call it something it’s not. You need to come up with a name for your new game and then we can talk about the rules.
"While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
George Washington 1st U.S. President