Letter: Why a Christian would vote yes
To the editor:
The scriptural mandate for marriage is found in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, which is also known as the Book of Beginnings. The entire Bible is full of instruction and guidelines for marriage.
If one claims to be a “follower” of the Judaic-Christian Bible, they would be as likely to believe and vote (in this case a yes vote) as a Muslim would be expected to follow the teachings of the Koran.
This would not make the person a bigot, as has been so often called, but a follower of Christ.
I find it interesting that the first question put to me by the “vote no” people when they called was, “Does the Bible really say … ?” This was also the first question to be asked in Genesis, “Did God really say … ?” (Genesis 3:1).
This question was asked by Satan as he spoke to Eve.
As Eve listened to the question, she ignored God’s command and followed her own feelings and it is recorded that to her it “looked” good and was desirable (3:6). The result was that she acted out of her own feelings and ignored God’s clear command.
Therefore to the Christian there is fallacy in looking at a current situation and making a decision based on what is seen rather than on what God says that we should do. We need to remember that marriage, parenting and living a Godly life was God’s idea, not ours.
We cannot expect someone who is not a follower of the Bible to necessarily follow these guidelines. Nor do we expect one who is not a Muslim to follow the Koran. But when one who is a Christian acts contrary to the teachings of the Bible – this is hypocrisy.
What is called intolerance might be better termed as obedience. What you call it depends on your view of truth.
Hopefully this will help us to better understand where a Christian is coming from.