- Many on the fundamentalist right believe, mistakenly, that Sodom and Gomorrah was all about homosexuality and that its presence in the US will bring down the wrath of God upon our nation. Fear seems to motivate them rather than love.
Those who believe, incorrectly, that being gay is a demon induced choice will never warm to the idea that these people deserve all the protections that the Constitution provides.
I remember being told that God does not make junk in reference to each and everyone of us who think that somehow, 'I have no value'.. That who we are, regardless of whatever we, or the public, thinks about our state in life, are loved by God. That somehow we all fit into His plan and are valued.
In reference to Gays, who are born that way, are loved and valued, by God and fit into His plan, we should do no less, because God doesn't make junk.
"A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question, "Tell me when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person ?" We must always consider the person."
If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.
All sorts of people are born into this world with varying degrees of looks, intelligence, health and,yes, sexual orientation. God loves them all. And in this nation of ours they all have the same rights.
The Bible, however anyone reads it, is not in any way connected to our Constitution and Bill of Rights which we all live by in this nation. You can believe whatever you want, say what ever you want and worship in any way you choose or not, but, in this country you can not deny anyone their rights.
Gay marriage is no threat to me. It took some time for me to embrace that change from accepting civil unions. All the arguments against it were easy to dismantle.
In this land of liberty the rights of an individual trumped everything else. No religious tyranny can be tolerated here.
There is no way that a same sex couple, down the street, in the next block or the same pew, living in a loving marriage can diminish the word or what my marriage means to me.
The obvious sin in Sodom was a desire for violent mass rape of the two angelic visitors who came to visit Lot. They were a wicked town, with only one righteous man and his family to be found within its borders. It causes me to wonder what kind of other grave sins this community was indulged in. How were the widows, orphans, poor and sick treated. What kind of false god was worshiped there and what kind of sacrifices did they perform to it.
(see notes 18:20; http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/18 ;
and its destruction on note19:25;
Whatever horribleness was there it was, too, difficult for Lots wife to turn her back away from it. Some sins are very enticing and easy to rationalize their acceptance, but they always darken the soul and distance a person from God.