Sean Edwards

The American Resurrection

Christians Made This Bed, Now We Must Sleep In It

gay-marriage-2The recent Supreme Court decision on Gay Marriage has sparked a huge emotional response from both sides.

I am both happy and sad with the decision.

I am happy because we have taken one step closer to freedom. The Church can no longer force it’s view of marriage on others.

I am sad because this should never have been a gay rights debate. It should have been an individual rights debate. And now that same sword of coercion is being used against the Church.

Finally, I am mad because the Church did this to herself.

When the Church decided it could use government to force people to live by their morality, we opened the door for others to do it as well. Not only did this violate the very tenants of God-given freedom, it made our country weaker–not stronger.

Now, gay couples across the nation will use this same force against the Church. Couples are already beginning to sue churches for not officiating their marriages. This is too wrong because it violates people’s religious freedoms. But it is same thing the Church did to homosexuals.

The Church made this reality possible by passing laws that went beyond the protection of individual rights.

We as Christians never had the right to force our morality onto other people’s lives. Jesus didn’t model that behavior, and the principles of Freedom abhor it.

Governments can only be moral if they are limited to protecting the rights of individuals. Otherwise they become inherently tyrannical.

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Laws must be limited to protecting people from assault. So long as someone isn’t harming another (through force or theft), the government can have nothing to do with it. Otherwise, we are left with the current state of our nation… or worse.

When the majority can define morality, then morality changes with a new majority. Think about that. For a long time, the Church was the majority. They could force their worldview on those around them through government.

When the majority can define morality, then morality changes with a new majority.

But now there is a new majority. And they are using the precedent set by the Church to do the same thing to the Church.

The Church made this violation of freedom possible by violating it themselves.

If Christians had properly understood the role of government, and never passed laws that forced their morality onto those around them, this problem wouldn’t exist.

If we had limited the government to the protection of individual rights, we wouldn’t be in this culture war.

And because of our misguided actions, we have alienated a huge portion of the population and our own sword is being used against us.

The Church made this violation of freedom possible by violating it themselves.

Not only are we facing the real possibility of being forced to do things that violate our freedoms, but the LBGT (and friends) community doesn’t want to hear a word we have to say.

Why? Because we made them less human in the eyes of the law by denying them freedoms we gave to ourselves.

If we had stayed true to our nations calling, and allowed people to live their lives however they saw fit (so long as they weren’t harming others), then we wouldn’t be in this fight.

Gay couples could marry, and churches and businesses who don’t condone homosexuality wouldn’t be forced to serve them.

I implore the Church to look at this as a lesson learned.

If we act without thinking through our actions, our good intentions can–and will–backfire.

We must re-learn what it means to be American. We must rediscover the principles of freedom that defined our nation at its inception. And we must embrace liberty for all… not just for those who agree with us.

Only then can we begin to right this ship. And do not be fooled, this ship can be righted.

Even though it feels as though we got punched in the gut, there is much hope for the world… and we can bring it.

But only if we abandon our centuries old desire to control people through force.

Selah.

About Sean Edwards

Sean Edwards is an author and a communication strategist. He graduated from the Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in history. Sean has a passion for discussing philosophy and American politics.

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  • Hear, hear! Amen.

  • James Curtiss

    Well written, Sean.

  • Howard

    Good thoughts, thanks!

    re: The Church made this reality possible by passing laws that went beyond the protection of individual rights.

    I assume by “passing laws” what you mean is “supporting the passage of laws” … right?

    What are some key examples of laws supported by The Church that went beyond the protection of individual rights? I’m looking for a link that is an example of support by The Church.

    I appreciate the bottom line: there is much hope for the world… and we can bring it.

  • Eileen

    So true – that being said, two wrongs don’t make it right. Just because the Church forced its morality on some one else does not make it alright for that group to do the same thing. Although the Church used government to do social engineering, in my opinion, the LCBT group would still have tried to use government to force people to think that way. The idea of using government to force conformity dates into the late 1880’s, when the first progressives formulated the agenda that we see today. They can blame Christians all they want and their point is well taken; however, even if the Christians never attempted to use government to further its agenda, the progressives would have blamed someone else or some other group whose behaviour had to be reformed.

    • Sean Edwards

      Eileen, thank you for your thoughts. I appreciate them.

      I agree, the principles of Individual Rights cuts both ways. We can’t force our views on others, and others can’t force their views on us. You are absolutely right. Unfortunately, very few Americans truly understand the ramifications of inherent equality and it’s impact on government policy.