Dear Christian, Stop Picketing for Prop. 8

I drove by yet another group of people today that were holding up the infamous “Protect Marriage: Vote YES on Prop. 8” signs in the name of Jesus. I must say that I’m a wee bit flustered. I understand that the Bible speaks of marriage being between one man and one woman and I understand that this would lead you to vote yes on Prop. 8 but please stop ruining the opportunity to have a civil conversation with someone who opposes the proposition.

And please don’t feel like the battle has been won if Prop. 8 does end up passing. The truth is, people are still living in sin and need the love of Jesus. Let’s stop focusing all of our energy on picketing Prop. 8 and funnel it toward a conversation regarding how we are going to love gay people and share Jesus with them. More will be accomplished this way than if any law is ever passed.

Laws don’t change people’s hearts.

And what about poverty? Do we not care enough about poor people to picket on their behalf?

Why does gay marriage have to be the one issue that the church feels strongly enough to picket?

I’m sick of it…


6 responses to “Dear Christian, Stop Picketing for Prop. 8

  1. amen. i agree. we can’t expect the government to somehow outlaw sin in the world…not going to happen. whether everything was legal or illegal, i think we would find the world shockingly similar…we have free will so of course sin is going to exist. when is the last time the church was known for loving and standing beside the homosexuals? the murders? those who have had abortions? that’s where jesus would have been

  2. This is something everyone should read because you made an awsome point and just this makes me happy to see this.

    ps. HOw are yoU!

  3. Children have a right to a mom and a dad. The state of California allowing same-gender marriage may seem progressive to some– –but what it says to me is that the state of California sanctions a relationship that does not best serve children.

    While no heterosexual parents are perfect, and some situations are down right abusive and traumatic, the response is not to eliminate a child’s right to a mom and a dad. The response is to better educate, better encourage, better help parents be better.

    While a lesbian couple or a gay couple may provide a stable home, love, and support to a child. By definition, a same-gender marriage cannot provide them a mom and a dad. Every child has the right to a mom and a dad.

    Society should sacrifice for the health and well being of its children.

    This is why I am voting “yes” on prop 8 (on my absentee ballot).

    i think this is important enough to hold a sign for.

  4. in response to the post above…
    If every child has a right to a mother AND a father then we should also outlaw single parent homes and make divorce illegal. Sorry that train of thought only goes so far. I am all for having both male and female influences in the lives of children, so go ahead and vote “yes” but your argument has a flaw.
    Why are Christians not up in arms about divorce, Jesus clearly talks about it. Paul clearly talks about it. Yet the church seems to just let that one slide on by. Why? Approximately 50% of Christians are divorced. Now tell me what is really ruining the family? What is having a greater impact on the youth of today? Very few gay couples that have kids, or half the population? Lets keep the major things the major things, and let the minors be minor.
    p.s. Garret I love your blog

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