Saturday, October 25, 2008
Yes on Prop 8
Today, an Obama campaigner was walking in our neighborhood and stopped to talk to Jared, who was outside doing yardwork. I'm sure he thought it would be a tough sell when he saw our Yes on Prop 8 sign in the yard. Imagine his surprise when Jared told him that we're already voting for Obama. He then asked Jared to explain why we were voting Yes on 8 since that is uncommon amongst Obama voters (this was after he asked for money, of course). I was in the house and not involved in the conversation, but I could hear it all through the open window. As Jared started answering his question, I started thinking about why we're really voting for Prop 8. There are a lot of ancillary reasons, such as the fact that we don't want same-sex marriages taught in public schools and we don't want our churches to lose their tax-exempt status. But, those aren't the primary reasons. Let's be honest. The primary reason is that homosexual behavior is contrary to the will of God and therefore, we can't support it in any form. And everyone is afraid to say it. It can sound harsh to a lot of people given the prevalence of homosexual behavior in our society. And because it seems a harsh line to take, many people give other reasons for voting for Prop 8 so as not to offend. But, what it all boils down to for me is that I can't accept as right what the Lord has said is wrong. And if I don't vote for Prop 8, then I'll be aiding the increased acceptance in society of behavior that is morally wrong. So, yes, I don't want same-sex marriages taught in public schools and I don't want churches to lose their tax-exempt status because they don't want to accept same-sex marriages. But, primarily, I'm voting for Prop 8 because I can't accept immoral behavior in our society.