Many of you are now familiar with Jefferson Bethke after his video “Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus” video went viral. As someone with a keen interest in all forms of religion, history, and spirituality I was already aware of his work before the infamous video and was one of the first to share it on Facebook.Typically I agree with Jefferson, but not always. What I can always count on is good convos in any of his posts in social media. Today, however, I am honestly so disappointed in many of the responses to his question “How come Christians who fight to ban gay marriage legally, don’t fight just as hard for anti-divorce laws? Jesus even spoke on that more…”EXCELLENT QUESTION! And also valid. Despite the fact that many men of the bible had more than one wife, the scripture teaches us that divorce is only acceptable in cases of abuse or adultery. In some Christian denominations divorce is still considered a sin, despite those conditions, and grounds for expulsion from the church.In most Christian teachings it is taught that homosexuality is sinful, and against the will of God. There are few churches, aside from a few of the more progressive, newer super congregations, that allow, accept or embrace the openly gay to worship with them. The popular solution amongst Christians is to instead “fix the problem” by trying to convert one back to a hetero lifestyle. Some go as far as to cast out “demons” from the “possessed” individual.All of this is simple fact, you yourself can do a bit of religious research and find the above, and MUCH MORE.Now to…MY OPINION, and my response to the question. I am for both divorce and gay marriage. I myself am divorced, as are more than the statistical half of people I know. But using divorce to solve the problems of a relationship is about as useful as using abortion as a form of birth control. Divorce is necessary in many cases, to the physical, emotional, mental, and SPIRITUAL well-being of a Christian. Let us not forget, the bible also teaches us not to be “unequally yoked”.My God does not make mistakes. We learn early on in Sunday School that “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…red and yellow, black and white…”. I believe God has a plan, a path, and a purpose for each of us. God does not hate gay people, God loves us all. God IS LOVE. Therefore homosexuals should be treated just as equally as straight people, white people, black people, EVERY PEOPLE.What really got me about the comments on this post was that Mr. Bethke was not condemning either gay marriage or divorce, as he confirmed later, but simply asking a genuine question. Just as I am expressing my opinion here on the subject everyone, EVERYONE has the right to their own. But man…the pure hatred Christians spewed at other humans in the “name of God”! How disappointing! The main topic of debate became “which sin is worse than the other”! Really, people!!! Really?!!! We are grading sins, now? Backing it up with scripture from the Old Testament? Well, guess what comes after the Old Testament? The NEW TESTAMENT! The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! And ya know what that guy did? He walked the earth, taught us about unconditional love, and DIED FOR OUR SINS!!! Wow. Died For Our Sins. All of ‘em. Yep. No sin is greater than the other, and WE CAN BE FORGIVEN!!! My response to Mr. Bethke’s question?
“Why are we as Christians fighting against each other about anything? It is not our job to judge, but to love one another.”