I received an email this week from our UCC National office inviting me to contact Kristi Noem to express my LACK of support for the Houses continued cutting of programs that help America’s most vulnerable people. As a Christian who does take the care of the poor and elderly most seriously, I quickly did so. However, truth be told, my emailing Mrs. Noem will most likely do nothing to change her mind. She and many of her Republican cohorts are determined to further cut food stamps, Head Start, and Medicaid while cutting taxes for the most wealthy.
Currently, Pres. Obama clearly stated his support for marriage equality. A statement that I and many others in the United Church of Christ applauded! But then the discussion from the far right begins. “Our society will be destroyed because God has clearly defined marriage between a man and woman, etc. etc.” My frustration returns.
Does not God clearly state to care for the widows and orphans? Does not God clearly state to feed the poor, clothe the naked, heal the sick? How about how we treat our spouses? Many quote Ephesians as the scripture for care between spouses and yet, our government then turns around and cuts programs for domestic abuse assistance! Wouldn’t one understand that having the means to feed and clothe our children, having small debt, and feeling safe in our own homes will determine the health of our families whether same gender families or not???
So here is my thought: if a person wants to be against same sex marriage, fine but stand on your own grounds. Stop using the Bible to support your prejudices! This continued use of the bible to define marriage when the bible is very unclear on marriage as well as the fact that the institution of marriage has changed dramatically over the last several hundred years, lets remember that interracial marriages are legal now, while supporting political candidates that clearly are hurting the Nation’s children, poor, and elderly is obnoxious.