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Wed May 9, 2012, 05:42 PM

I am a liberal Christian [View all]

I've posted a few times on religious issues, and I have been SHAMED over and over that I am part of the problem as a liberal Christian. I have been told about my “mythical” or “imaginary” friend (or God) and how what I believe is fictitious. I have had the bible quoted back at me to try and show how ridiculous it is. At one time I really thought I belonged in this political party since most all of my ideals have always been liberal. I believe LGBT’s should have the same rights as any other American. I believe in social programs benefiting lower class individuals. I pushed for government health care (anti-mandate and pro-public option). I even believe women should be able to choose what to do with their bodies. These stances are somewhat unorthodox for a Christian, but I only recently found God, and have been unable to turn away from my core principals of equality. I cannot follow conservative philosophy in good conscience.

I am not from a UCC, Lutheran or any other LGBT friendly congregation. I am from a Southern Baptist Church. I grew up in a Church of Christ. I have been at the same Church for over a year now and have many friends there. My congregation is UBER conservative. I catch the pastor every now and then going on a quasi-political rant. And I hold no punches. When I am asked about my beliefs I am open and honest. I have an Obama '08 sticker on my truck that's not coming off, and I park right in the front where everyone can see it - they all know it's mine.
My church doesn’t hate homosexuals. They don't hate non-Christians. They don't hate period. They promote love and compassion. However, they do view homosexuality as immoral, and marriage as a sacred institution. And I am at odds every time I hear about it. While I believe every American has civil rights granted in the constitution, marriage is very clearly supposed to be between a man and a woman as per the Bible. It is mentioned over and over, old and new testament – even by Jesus.

So what do I do? Cast away my belief in God because I have a problem with something he is clear about? Become a conservative so I can hold open religious discussions with people of like minds (ugh)? Or maybe keep posting on DU but refrain from religious discussions. Then what if I see an anti-religious rant posting - I am not the type that shuts up when fired up. I am literally at odds between my politics and my religion. This is a strange turning point in my life.

I don’t think we should make our laws based on religion, this is not Islam. The term marriage is spoken about in our church and we have our beliefs, but rights are rights – and they should not be denied based on religion. I do not believe in biblical marriages between same sex couples since it goes against my religious beliefs. I also don’t make the laws. And I don’t think gay couples should have any less rights than anyone else. I have a lot of respect for Obama coming out in support of the LGBT community – specifically pro-gay marriage. I do support him for president in 2012. The term marriage is taking on a different meaning in today's times than it did in biblical times. And I'm not sure where I stand anymore.



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