President Barack Obama uses the Golden Rule to justify his position on same-sex "marriage." However, are they just words? Are we consistent, or do we let our own preconceived ideas determine how we apply this teaching of Christ?
Marriage is a sacred tradition in almost every society on earth. Christians believe that God created man and woman at the very beginning of time. As Christians we are to be sympathetic and loving toward each other. We are to pray for each other with humility, compassion and without judgment. It is right to consider all peoples' feelings, but first and foremost we must consider God's teaching. (Matthew 19:4-5)
Are those of you who wish to change this following the Golden Rule? Are you respecting those who believe in God's teaching? God created marriage. Marriage wasn't created by people, by civil authority, not even by the Church. Those who wish to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions don't seem to care what the rest of us believe. It is no one's right to judge another person, but is it right to change what God ordained?
There wouldn't be plants, animals, birds, or people without God's natural order of things. We must all respect God, nature and man. If you don't believe in God or nature, forget about man. There won't be any.
Jane Roath is a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro.
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