Okay, let’s have at it respectfully. You knew that the hotly contested and “controversial” Proposition 8 of California was eventually going to be discussed here. Why am I bringing it up now? This morning, I saw this billboard [online] and thought it would be worthwhile to host what I hope to be a passionate, compassionate, but above all, respectful dialogue. I confess I don’t know much about the precise details of all that led to the actual vote of Prop 8 beyond the big picture media blitz it has received during the election season.
What do you think of the billboard and it’s message from a group of Christians “sorry” about the results of Prop. 8. From their website, Our Hearts are With You:
As a Christian, I am sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who took away the rights & equality of so many in the name of God…
Our primary hope in publishing this statement is to offer the love, hope, and grace of Jesus through a new voice of Christianity. The statement came in response to the passage of Proposition 8, but our message is not just to the LGBT community and its supporters. We believe that God’s love and grace is for ALL people, regardless of race, creed, sexual identity, or life circumstances. Jesus meets us right where we are. “Christianity for ALL” is not a battle cry for a crusade, but it is a set of words around which a movement can rally to let ALL people everywhere know that God loves, cares, and accepts them just as they are…
With the passage of Proposition 8 in California banning gay marriage, the Church has successfully taken away the rights of a group human beings…the first time this has ever happened in the state of California. Yes, it was accomplished through the political system, but it was the conservative church that started the movement. While Missiongathering Christian Church is part of the Church (all churches in the world), the conservative churches who started, funded, and propelled Prop 8 do not speak for all churches. Some Christians do not speak for ALL Christians. We as a church feel called to be a new voice of Christianity.
And if you’re not familiar with Proposition 8 [California], this is a brief summary from Wikipedia:
Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition that changed the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry. The proposition did not affect domestic partnerships in California.
The campaigns for and against Proposition 8 raised $35.8 million and $37.6 million, respectively, becoming the highest-funded campaign on any state ballot that day and surpassing every campaign in the country in spending except the presidential contest. The proponents argued for exclusively heterosexual marriage while claiming that failure to change the constitution would require changes to school curriculum and threaten church tax benefits. The opponents argued that eliminating the rights of any Californian and mandating that one group of people be treated differently from everyone else was unfair and wrong.
The vote is over but what are your thoughts about Proposition 8. Let’s be honest, this will come up again in numerous states in the upcoming years. Here’s some thought I’ve shared before regarding church and the gay community: