Grim Reaping

It’s been a week and a half now since Californians passed Proposition 8, voting to take away the right of Gay couples to get married. It really shouldn’t have surprised me, but somehow I had always thought that Californians were better than that.

I’ve been talking it over with God and neither of us is too happy about it. This is one of those things that the more I think about it the more angry I become. I mean, I know that civil rights are rarely granted at the ballot box, that they almost always come either through the courts or through war, but I keep hoping that mankind will learn better. And the people that voted for this? Do they not recognize that bigotry and hatred inevitably lose? All they’re doing is slowing down the process and hurting people along the way.

God tells me that he gave us free will and intended us to exercise our brains before using it. Instead we blindly follow leaders with no more direct connection to God and to knowing God’s will than we each have on our own. The hatred of the Old Testament was supposed to have been overtaken long ago by the love of the New Testament, but it’s amazing how many preachers haven’t gotten the message, haven’t received the good word.

The campaign against Proposition 8 was led largely by the Mormon and Catholic churches. As the protests against this vote have sprung up around the state I’ve read the reports of the representatives of these churches saying that the protests are nothing short of religious intolerance. Well, I’m sure those leaders don’t read my little blog, but just in case they do, here’s a quote from the Bible (King James version) that they might want to consider: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, 6:27.

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