Should we legislate Christian values?

Everyone seemed to have a variety of emotions yesterday as President Obama announced his support of same sex marriage.

I have noticed a trend in some of the legislation being brought forth in our local and federal governments – they are based on Christian values. I am a diehard Christian but I am also an American who believes that all people are created equal. We are a country comprised of more than Christians and if I remember correctly, our country was founded on the principal of religious freedom. So, how are we now using our religious beliefs to legislate every one else?

In my opinion, President Obama’s personal views on same sex marriage is irrelevant. His policies on how to govern in the best interest of all Americans should be the focus. There are a lot of things that I don’t agree with but it’s not about me. Should someone else be denied their right to the pursuit of happiness because it doesn’t fit my moral beliefs? If this thought process held true then where would women rights and minority rights be? How is it our business to legislate who someone loves or wants to marry?

As a Christian, I have an obligation to tell people about my Savior, Jesus Christ but I don’t have the privilege to judge those who are not like me. That job is reserved for God but somehow our government seems to be taking on a role of moral judge and juror. To add insult to injury of this group of people, we are creating legislation to be voted on and feel justified when the measures pass. As Cory Booker reminded us on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, the majority should not be allowed to vote on the rights of a minority group of people. This includes the civil rights of women, homosexuals and African-Americans.

What do you think? Should we create legislation based on Christian values?

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7 thoughts on “Should we legislate Christian values?

  1. The foundation of America is based on biblical principles. There are many countries that have based their nations on other beliefs and America happens to be one centered on Christian beliefs. That is why murder is punishable, polygamy is detested, and the list goes on. The bible has been the compass for America and in continuing w/ that….

    Civil rights and gay rights are not the same as many have said b/c civil was based on the premise that black were 3/5 of a person though the bible does not say that hense the change in policy absolutely necessary. The bible says that God does not approve of gay lifestyle BUT He loves the person who says they are gay (very important difference). Yet with the separation of church and state it makes continuing to guide America by the bible w/in such a social climate difficult….

    Why rewrite the definition of marriage? can there not be civil unions that give gay couples rights as enjoyed by married men and women? What happened to meeting at middle ground? Why is the media so adamant about gay marriage when marriage b/t male and female is, based on statistics, not working? Shouldn’t we as nation promote the health of the marriages that are not working well since marriage is one of inner most fabrics that make America what it is (or really what it was).

    I ask these questions to propose that there may be more to all of this that meets the eye and no matter how “evolved” we become there are indelible differences between a relationship that consists of two of the same sex vs two of a different sex. I don’t propose w/holding rights but I do propose remaining consistent w/ the moral guidelines that have guided us to this point.

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    • You make some great points and it seems as though these are the issues that we should be discussing. It seems as though our country is headed in a direction that, honestly I am not even sure what that direction is. It is essential that we find that middle ground because it seems that many of these laws have a “my way or the highway” premise which isn’t fair to many Americans.

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    • “The foundation of America is based on biblical principles.”

      No, it really isn’t. One simply needs to look at either freedom of religion (a decidedly anti-biblical principle) or the fact that only 3 out of the 10 commandments have any equivalent in American law to see this.

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