Friday was a historic day for our country. The supreme court ruled that same-sex couples have the same right to get married in all 50 states. The same rights that heterosexual couples have. When you are able to read this, that might seem like a strange concept that our country at some point didn’t allow it. Just like it seems foreign to me that people with different colored skin couldn’t eat or go to the bathroom in the same place let alone get married.
I’m proud and excited to live in a country where we don’t deny other citizens these civil rights. Marriage, in the sense of the government, is about deeming someone as your family even though they’re not blood relation. You love them so much, you want to share your life together forever. And in a legal sense your belongings, the societal recognition of being their significant other, and maybe even some tax breaks as you’re living together as a unit. Because it shouldn’t matter what gender that person is that you love and want to commit your life to, you should have that right as an American.
There’s a lot of rumbling in the Christian community about this. Is it right? Is it fair? This is immoral how could they? But I’m not sure they’re focusing on the right things at the moment. Jesus doesn’t talk at all about people of the same sex marrying. Mainly because it just wasn’t a part of His culture at the time. But it’s part of today’s society and people are trying to figure out, especially as a Christian, how to react to this.
As a Christian, I want you, more than anything to love and be kind to everyone. That’s the number one thing Jesus teaches us. It’s simple. Love God & Love Others. You probably even understand it better now than you will when you’re older. You may not agree on things they believe, how someone lives, or how they act, but your job as a Christian is to love them anyway. The government is in charge of what’s fair from a legal standpoint and Jesus us in charge of judging someone’s soul. Your job is to love people as Christ loved people.
I hope I’m that example for you some day. I know there are people I need to love harder than I do. I don’t really care about the color of someone’s skin, where they come from, who they love, how much money they have, or where they live. But I do focus on their actions, the things they do and what they say. That’s not always bad, but my immediate reaction isn’t to love them like Jesus loves people. I need to always be working on it.
When we pray every night, I’ve added something I can’t believe I neglected to pray. I’ve added that you learn to love and know Jesus. That you have a relationship with Him. If you can do that, you’ll learn to love like He loves.
Because in the end, love wins. Every time.
I love you always, sweet girl,
PS: Here’s a link to a great sermon about this.