I think it’s about time I publicly address the tumultuous (mental) battle between church and state. As a Christian and ardent supporter of human rights, I often find it difficult to strike a balance between popular opinion and “the words of the Lord” (Psalm 12:6). Of course, the latter are open to interpretation, which makes them especially difficult to discern in the midst of such pressing political pressures. For a Christian like me, the easiest way to escape this discomfort is to model our legal system after the archaic text of the Bible, making hard and fast rules despite their possible irrelevancy to the modern world. However, that’s doesn’t seem to be the appropriate method of resolution. That type of rule making binds itself to nationalism, intolerance, and oppression, none of which are of God. There must be a better way.
So, as a body of believers, Church, what are we left to do? Shan’t we endeavor to protect the country from falling to pieces? Must we fight to block the path to unrighteousness to ensure the moral well being of our fellow citizens? Well, good idea, but no. In our rush to block the “low road,” some of us have created unnecessary strife and encouraged a following of radicals who misrepresent our faith (i.e. Westboro Baptist Church). Let us go about our attempt at godliness in a different way. Just as the Father granted us free will, we should mirror such grace in the law. During my time considering the moral repercussions of catering the legal system to a modern audience, I came across a quote; “You are free to choose. You are not free from the consequences of your choice.” Who are we to dictate the consequences of an impersonal, ‘venial sin’ like homosexuality? That is for God to handle. As for us, we can grant the freedom to choose. That is closer to godliness.
I understand, Church, that it is difficult to align oneself with faithless people who are fighting for the same end, be they in popular political matters or in the details of everyday life. Despite this difficulty, we should still realize that our attempts to close the low road do not keep people from taking it. Rather than forcing people to take the high road, we should invite them to do so by representing it well. We should focus on taking the high road ourselves. Eventually people may see our good faith and imitate, but perhaps they will not. We cannot force people to do what they don’t want to. And we, better than anyone, should know that.