Saturday, April 11, 2009

And Jesus Said . . .

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:10

“Judge not that ye be judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

Matthew 7:1,2

How can those who call themselves Christians make such a fuss over people whose only “crime” is to profess love to a person of the same sex? Jesus was clear about what happens to people such as these. Yet they persist.

From The Washington Post:

“Faith organizations and individuals who view homosexuality as sinful and refuse to provide services to gay people are losing a growing number of legal battles that they say are costing them their religious freedom.”

Examples, of course follow.

The doctor who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian

The psychologist who refused to counsel a gay couple who were experiencing difficulty in their relationship.

The Christian group that was not recognized by a law school at a University of California campus because it denied membership to anyone “practicing sex outside of traditional marriage.”

And they are taking their cases to court.

And they are losing.

“… gay groups and liberal legal scholars say they are prevailing because an individual's religious views about homosexuality cannot be used to violate gays' right to equal treatment under the law.”

On this eve of the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, I think it’s appropriate to remind Christians of their solemn duty to obey His teachings. Not only because it is the right thing to do, and not only because Jesus said so. But also because it looks like these troublesome Christians will more than inherit the wind as they go about their ways professing their devout religion while denying others of their rights under the law.

They’re losing in court.

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