I recently saw an advertisement on television that asked people to support the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a non profit group dedicated to maintaining the political separation of church and state. Let me tell you, it surprised and saddened me that this was being done. Fundamentalist Christians in the United States of America are meddling in so many things nowadays that the rest of the country feels it must take up metaphorical arms against them in order to protect the constitution. Now it’s the decedents of the persecuted doing the religious persecution.
What sane person can say that among all the problems and troubles we have today, the words “In God We Trust” on our money is important. Better we should write, “God, punish the moneychangers who cheat and rob us, let them see jail time.” That’ much more appropriate. Or just drop it all together. There is nothing wrong with believing in God, worshipping God, honoring God, but it is not the job of the Government. Likewise, it is not the job of God to meddle in our democracy. He guides us on a personal level, we are to use that guidance to live morally and vote accordingly. And if we don’t like what happens when we vote, go vote again and throw the bastards out.
God gave us freedoms, that is a guiding principal of our society. That means he gave us freedom to live, die, vote and worship as we please. And yes, we want everyone to be law abiding, good people. But it is not our duty to judge others. That is God’s job. And if people love folks you don’t think they should, that’s really none of your business. Look at the Capulets and the Montagues. That ended in unecessary death and destruction, just because some folks thought two people shouldn’t share their love. And what’s good for Shakespeare straight is good for Shakespeare gay: If two people love one another, who are you to keep them apart? The haughty, jealous, grudge bearing Montagues? The Selfish, controlling, stubborn Capulets? And is it really any of your business? No. Because it’s GOD’S job to judge them, not yours. He said, “Judge not lest ye be judged” and “Love one another”. So if you see a same sexed couple and are offended by it, remember, God is offended by your lack of humanity.
And the reproductive issues that have been debated recently, issues that are aimed directly at women, calling them whores, making them go back to being pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen in an economy and society where many single women are the only breadwinners for their children. Imagine, forcing a vaginal ultrasound, a procedure contraindicated in pregnancy. If you forceably place in object in a woman’s vagina without her consent, that’s rape, pure and simple. Just like using a broom handle. Is that what the Virginia congress is now, a pack of gang rapists?
And in Arizona the state legislature they’re discussing requiring women to demonstrate medical need before an insurer will pay for oral contraceptives, for example acne, or menorrhea. This is to prevent fornication, only having sex for the sake of procreation. I say, that’s fine. Just remember one thing: there’s no medical need for Viagra.
Truthfully, Christians need to start minding their own business. Yes, Cain said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” But God didn’t say, “Yes.” Jesus told the apostles to spread the word, not run the world. He taught humility and compassion, not bigotry and contention. Any Christian who thinks he has the right to tell others how to live has a big surprise coming. Remember what Jesus said, “Let he who is without sin throw the first stone.”
Put down that damned stone.