Thursday, March 28, 2013

Love Never Looks Like Hate

I won't get into it too much. I just have some questions to consider as we wrestle with the definition of marriage...

Why do Christians believe that the government should operate as an extension of the church? 

Why on earth do we expect everyone else to have the same convictions as us when not everyone believes in the same things? I mean, for crying out loud, Christians don't even all share the same beliefs!

How can we hold so tightly to some of the Biblical examples of marriage, but ignore many of the specific directives given in scripture? (divorce, remarriage/adultery, etc.)

... Maybe Christians shouldn't be demanding or mandating rules on the way EVERYONE should be living just like we don't want the government to do to us. 

If our goal as Christians is to bring the Kingdom of God to earth and to encourage righteous living, we are choosing the wrong ditch to die in. We shouldn't expect legislation to do that. Show me where the love is in that! 

“'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?'

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'”

- Matthew 22:36-40

In my experience, love has never disguised itself as hate.


  1. Good post, fragile one. ;-)

  2. I know this post is super old, but I just saw it from heathers blog...Great post. I teach a class on the sociology of marriage at Portland State University and the class often discusses the role of religion in politics and I'd like to link this blog post to my supplemental reading list.