Faith?

I believe that what I am going to write about today is going to offend some people, but I can’t keep hearing these mis-statements of faith any longer without responding. When a person says they believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman only – that I can accept as your choice, just as marrying whom you choose should be your choice. But when they say they won’t serve or sell to a couple of the same sex because of their ‘faith’ – I get a little frosted. Refusing to serve has nothing to do with faith.

Faith is between a person and God – only. Other people have nothing to do with your faith. Unfortunately, other people have everything to do with Religious teaching, and therein lies the problem. Jesus never taught anyone not to serve others. Religious leaders do, and just like all the other concepts they taught over the centuries, such as contraception being a no-no (for the purpose of growing Church numbers!) there is a man-made reason behind it, usually money and power.

Should you be sued because you don’t want to serve a same sex couple? No, I don’t think so. I think everyone has to live with the choices they make, right or wrong. But back to that concept of marriage being ONLY between a man and a woman. Sorry again, but no one group gets to own a word. Words are for everyone. They are part of our humanity.

Love or hate? What was the message Jesus died for? Oh yes, it was love, service to others, the poor, the prostitutes, everyone. Church is community, and that is good, but please understand the difference between what you hear someone say in Church and what Jesus actually taught. Faith is believing in Him, the Unseen, but should never be blind.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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2 Responses to Faith?

  1. Gudrun McCollum says:

    Amen, Lady B!

  2. Joy Walter says:

    Barbara, so well said! This is one reason I love having you as a friend. Thanks for putting this out 🙂

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