I have not wanted to address the Supreme Court ruling lately for a number of reasons. It has nothing to do with the fact that I have no backbone to stand up for my beliefs when they are under attack. I do.
The situation is difficult when there are gay family members who demand the privilege of marriage and yet they are willing to sacrifice their family relationships for their choice of living a gay lifestyle.
My family collectively has made great progress to prove they love those members of the family-despite their choices. Many of my family members caution me to say nothing of my beliefs for fear I would be wrecking their efforts to return the gay loved ones back to the family.
Good-intentioned family members have silenced me and my desire to voice my convictions on the matter of same-sex marriage. “I” am the one, they say, who has been falsely led in the world.
I am surprised at the ridicule we receive because of our views, and yet the gay lifestyle and their views are being paraded in front of me 24/7; to the point of these gay family members screaming at me and irreverently gesturing at me when I say nothing.
I don’t know the hearts and minds of all the LGBT in society. This is MY experience. These people want to adopt and raise up other people’s children because they cannot have biology together to sustain or create life of their own. These people demand money because they are considered a “family.”
Children dance naked in the street covered in rainbow feathers. The supposedly “responsible parents” protest with vulgar language and use sexually explicit gestures and public displays of affection that would be beyond upsetting if a heterosexual person were to do the same. Regardless of what I do, I feel like I lose my family and rights to my religious convictions. I can choose the appreciation of my family to sit quietly, or take the praise of the inappropriately behaved gay pride supporters outside parading in the street. Sure not all gay people are like this, but even the more reasonable and soft spoken will not willingly listen to what I feel is important.
How can people who care about families have both safety of their religious freedoms and the harmony of their families staying united?
Good people united to promote a greater awareness of good strong values that strengthens society would make the United States and beyond a different world. In the meantime, I have to trust God that allowing the Supreme Court ruling to unfold will teach society what happens to our families when we throw out all moral goodness and divine appreciation down the toilet.