My heart hurts.
Last night, I made a comment about aliens, I don’t believe in them. I just don’t. No particular reason, I just don’t. Sure I think somewhere out there, there is another universe that has other beings, but as far as aliens living among us now, Nah, don’t believe it.
One of my children responds with “Well if that isn’t the most backwoods Christian thing I’ve ever heard.”
My heart immediately broke.
I never dreamed that I would hear a comment like that from my own child. I’ve dealt with a lot, heard many comments, had many discussions over how some of my beliefs are antiquated, old fashioned or just plain old out of style. But never from my own flesh and blood.
In the past 24 hours our Supreme Court has made some major decisions on some magnificent issues.
ACA- Not a fan. Nothing religious, I just have not had a good experience with the ACA. I won’t go into depth here, but its been one huge headache after another getting insurance for this family.
Gay Marriage? Believe it or not, I am happy it is legal! What I’m not happy about, is that now that SCoTUS decided to rule, our religious freedom now becomes in jeopardy. I’m all for gay marriage, I have many friends who deserve a marriage and their sexual preference should not keep them from being able to have a long lasting marriage. What I do object to is the fact that now, if Stud or my father or any other pastor were to decline to perform the ceremony, they can be penalized. THAT is wrong. We don’t penalize doctors for not performing abortions. So why should ministers, or anyone else for that matter face fines or charges for not performing a marriage ceremony. Why should a business face charges for not baking a wedding cake.
That stomps all over our religious freedom. And not just for Christians, but for Muslims, and any other religious group, or sect that believes it is morally wrong for same sex couples to marry. A Catholic priest should not have to worry about jail time or how to pay his fines because he morally objects to same sex marriage and refuses to perform that ceremony.
That is what I object to.
I may seem to have old or antiquated morals. But I happen to have the right to have those morals thanks to the Constitution of the United States. Just like you have the right to your beliefs. We need to draw a line somewhere, this country was based on certain inalienable rights. One of those rights, one of the very reasons this country was started, was the freedom to worship and believe in whatever God, entity, higher power or whatever happens to float our boat. Even a head of lettuce. When I am told that I have to do something that goes against my religious and moral beliefs, that violates my freedom.
SCOTUS should have had the Gay Marriage case to rule over. There is nothing in the Constitution that states we have the right to marry whom we want. It is not a Constitutional right. It is a Civil right. There is a huge difference.
The scary thing is, now that SCOTUS has ruled on this issue, this opens them up to ruling on a myriad of other issues that are also non-constitutional. Where does it end? How do we appeal to a higher power? We don’t. SCOTUS is the highest legal authority in our country, they have spoken.
But did they have the right to speak?