The "sanctity of marriage"- kind of long ETA at bottom!! UPDATE at bottom regarding my sister's partner!!
I realize that my opinion will be unpopular amongst some of my fellow Christians but I don't care anymore. I think the "sanctity of marriage" went out the window a long time ago.I am ashamed to admit that up until recently, I was against same sex marriage. Here is why my views have started to shift: My sister is a lesbian. She and I have never been close, but not because of her sexuality, it's because she is so much older than I am, and she was grown and out of the house by the time I came along. I love her because she is my sister, but we don't have a close relationship. I live 550 miles away from where I grew up, so basically, the only contact I have with her is on Facebook. Her partner was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago. I started thinking after her diagnosis about same sex marriage. They've been together for over 20 years, which is longer than a lot of marriages last these days. They share a home together and a joint bank account. Why shouldn't they be allowed to get married, if for no other reason than so my sister can make decisions for her partner, should her partner become too ill to make them? What if she is lying on her death bed in a hospital, and my sister isn't allowed to be with her in her last moments? How is that right or fair?
My sister's partner has always been like a member of our family. It has been very difficult for all of us to know what she has been going through with her treatments. Thankfully, she is doing well, and is planning on having a double mastectomy when she finishes her treatments, which should be soon. We're hoping that the cancer was caught early enough that she will be fine.
Since the vote went through against same-sex marriage yesterday in NC, I'm becoming more and more disgusted with some of my Facebook "friends" who are celebrating this "victory". Actually, I've been getting disgusted for a little while now. Some of the most judgemental people are the ones who aren't exactly models of morality or an advertisement for the "sanctity of marriage". Divorce, adultery, laziness, gluttony and pride are all sins, are they not? Well then...
ETA: Here is what I just posted on the Facebook page of my now former friend: Here is what I just posted on my now former friend's Facebook page:I'm about to express an unpopular opinion, but I don't care. I don't know how you can call yourself a Christian and be so full of hate and judgement towards a group of people who don't affect your life in any way, shape or form. If a couple gets married at the courthouse instead of a church, does their marriage invalidate yours? No it doesn't. If a same- sex couple is allowed to marry, does it invalidate your marriage? No it doesn't.If you want to be Christ-like, start with getting the beam out of your own eye, before you point out the mote in someone else's. The last time I checked, pride was also a sin.
I made the comment about "calling yourself a Christian" and being "Christ-like" after my "friend" and her friend said that they don't know how someone can call themselves a Christian and be against this amendent and that we are to be "Christ-like" and follow his teachings and this is against His teachings.
UPDATE!!!!! My sister's partner is having surgery right at this very moment!! She is having a double mastectomy. My mom is going to call me whenever she comes out of surgery and let me know how she is. I'd appreciate prayers, good thoughts, whatever!!!!
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