Evening news reports grow more dire with each passing day. Many things are happening that cause my heart to grieve and my mind to question the sanity and sanctity of life in this world.
Among things that I ponder:
The refugees that are trying to get to safety in Europe. I can’t imagine having to leave my home, my extended family, my friends, my stuff, my whole way of life, and risk my life, along with the lives of my spouse and children, to get out of my home country and to try to get to some sanctuary. To take the gamble of putting my loved ones on an overcrowded boat and hope it makes it to the other side of the sea.
Added to all of that is the fact that once we arrive on the other shore, if we survive the trip itself, we run the risk of being turned away from the only place we can go for safety.
And the final heartbreak of the boat capsizing and those I love drowning.
Just because they tried to get to a safe place.
My heart aches.
I wonder about those who are trying to cross into our country. Are they truly desperate in their homelands? Are they also willing to leave behind everything, everyone, that they know and love to get here for a new start?
And are they met with rejection?
Could we not do better for these folk? Could we not get them into a place where they are safe and manage to get them work so they can earn money to feed and clothe and house their families? Where are we in comparison to the European countries regarding refugees and immigration?
The next news item that wrecks havoc to my thoughts is that of the releases of the planned parenthood videos. I have never been a supporter of planned parenthood. I have always consider life, before or after birth, to be a miraculous gift from God. To see people who are taking tiny little babies and reducing them to parts to be sold just grieves me. And it makes me grieve for those women who had been the mothers of those babies, who felt there was nothing they could do in their circumstance, other than to abort the “fetus”.
Is there something we can do to help those women through the darkest time of their lives? To offer them hope, to help find a home for the babies they carry?
And then the mess in Kentucky about marriage licenses for gay couples and the clerk who is now in jail for refusing to give licenses to same sex couples, based on her religious principles.
I have friends who are same sex couples. And I have friends who have strong beliefs that such marriages are against God’s plan.
I have spent a lot of time reading through the U.S. constitution, particularly the 14th amendment. I have spent time looking at that Supreme Court ruling. I stayed up late looking at the marriage laws of the state of Kentucky. I have scoured my Bible to find references about homosexuality.
And I came to the conclusion that everything is in total conflict with everything else.
I don’t see the 14th amendment speaking particularly of marriage.
I did see that the laws of Kentucky (and several other states) prohibit marriage licenses to same sex couples
I don’t think the SCOTUS has the right to make laws…although they should defend a person’s right to the pursuit of happiness regardless of race, age, gender and or sexual preference.
I did read places in the Bible where homosexuality is not condoned by God. I also saw that God is loving and forgiving. And that it is not my place to be in judgment. It is my place to be a friend to and to love others. Regardless of their sexuality.
I don’t know if the clerk should have taken the religious standing against a government process. I think that she could have possibly denied the license based on the state law. And I think the state is really dodging the issue by not changing the law to fit the SCOTUS decision and allowing her to be a scape goat (not a martyr) in the process. Why have a law on the state books if it is illegal and in direct conflict to that of the higher
I have read many comments about the “gay agenda” to push Christians (or anti-gays) out of public office. I have never seen or heard anything like that
from those gays that I personally know.
So I ponder this story. Can we (as Christians) give a license to marry to people who don’t believe what we believe? Is it our place to even have any say in such a matter? Is there a gag order on Christian thoughts? Is there truly a separation of church and state?
I have no answers.
But I am praying for peace for all of these (and more) stories. For those refugees to be given asylum. For our country to work with those desiring better lives. For babies to not be created outside of loving homes, and if they are then for them to be placed with loving families. For laws to be made that reflect common sense.
Just a few things on my list.