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IN MY OPINION, Indiana has made a huge mistake and Arkansas is poised to follow step. Because I own property and spend money in Arkansas, I feel I can not remain silent on this issue. If you disagree with me, I simply ask that you read and consider what I have to say. It is said out of love.
First, this is not a consideration of homosexuality as sin or not. I use sin as a point of reference to help me walk in the shoes of gay people who are being legislated against by people who do believe them to be sinners.
IF you believe that being gay is a sin, you have a right to that opinion. Because for most Americans, we have rights and the statement “all men are created equal” rings true. But for a select group of Americans in both marriage rights and now simple retail service rights in Indiana, they are not equal citizens.
I think back to the days of my childhood growing up in the midst of Mississippi burning. I was very young but my father tells the stories of the civil rights workers disappearing and a Jewish synagogue being burned down just blocks from our home. And we all know that separate but equal never was equal. Now I think, how do we find ourselves again in this great country believing that hate and fear are Christian positions or that they make good law?
I’ve heard but can not confirm the statistic that 2% of the American population is homosexual. If it is not accurate, the number is certainly small by comparison to the whole. So hold on to that estimate for a moment and consider this. As I examine my own life at the age of 52, I know I am a sinner. I KNOW I am a sinner. And based on my religious and Bible studies, I know for a fact that 100% of Americans are sinners. So if we legislated morality to its fullest, we would ultimately cease all commerce.
When I return to the simple truth of my personal sinfulness, I imagine being refused service at my favorite restaurant and I hope that someone, like Jesus did for the adulterous woman, would stand up — as a Christian and as an American — and simply state, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the one to cast the first stone” … or cash register or diner plate or law.
In love. In Christ. God Bless America.