You want to live in a place that honours God?
A victory was won on Tuesday.
In the state of North Carolina, 61% of people voted to maintain that marriage in their state was between one man and one women.
Many within the Christian Community were quite happy. I happened to read some of the comments on The Christian Post. Some of my favourite ones were.
“I knew North Carolina was place I wanted to retire.”
“I’m considering moving to North Carolina.”
It appeared to some Christians what has happened was a God honouring moment in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They abided to biblical principles.
If you are one that is considering moving to North Carolina because you find this place a moral beacon, here are some statistics you should consider.
According to statistics provided by The University of Georgia Initiative on Poverty and Economy, the population in North Carolina is 8,049, 313.
1, 502, 978 (18.7%) citizens over the age of 25 do not have a High School Diploma.
Households with income less than $10,000: 328,770 (4%)
Households with income $10,000 to $19,999: 410,315 (5%)
The Crime Rate is a little under the average median of 4.0.
In the meantime, this week President Barack Obama says he supports same-sex marriage.
The same people that were happy about what happened in North Carolina were clearly not happy about Obama’s view.
Some have stated that his stance is not a Biblical View of marriage.
Biblical View of marriage?
What do we mean by that?
Do we mean the verses we find in Deuteronomy 22:13-21?
How about Genesis 29:26-27? It states here that the custom was that an older woman must marry before a younger woman.
Or Joshua 15? Caleb gave away his daughter to whoever captured Kiraith Sepher.
Currently, we don’t seem to have a traditional stance encouraging older women to marry before younger women.
Or as far as I’m aware, fathers are not giving their daughters to marriage for those who capture someone.
You might argue Sodom and Gomorrah. Well here’s a verse for you to chew on Ezekiel 16: 49.
‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
So while you are concerned about your Biblical values being upheld, here’s what has changed this week…
There are still gay people. Some in long term relationships. Some in new relationships. Some who love Jesus as much as you.
There are still children living in poverty.
There are still people struggling to obtain an education.
There are still people struggling with depression.
There are still children, no matter of sexual orientation, being bullied in school.
There are still people struggling with gluttony.
Scholars have debated exact numbers, but there are more verses dealing with poor and needy, then the actual word homosexuality.
Yet, some seem quite comfortable to use the Bible to invalidate any two people away from each other. We haven’t only done it with homosexuals, we have done it with people who do not share the same faith.
In the meantime, in the midst of the battle for truth, I haven’t heard a single word about children committing suicide because they are gay from the church.
I also have read Pastor Sean Harris blogs. He has not made one step to connect with the LGBT Community.
If we really wanted live in a place that honours God, we will take steps towards people.
Not create a gorge to keep them away.