Love the sinner hate the sin

Reporters are supposed to offer all sides of a story, but once in a while, a topic is so controversial that it is tough to find someone willing to risk the consequences of offering a public opinion.

I had no luck finding a local voice opposed to same sex marriage for a story that ran Friday, describing local reaction to President Obama’s newly found support of marriage equality.

That is, until Friday morning, when the story was already published.

A pastor from a Pike County church called at 7:45 a.m., thinking he would get voice mail.

He said he spoke to a few other pastors and they decided not to comment on the issue.

You see, it’s an election year, he said, and they didn’t want to alienate anyone.

Apparently, his comments would have had that effect in Pike, the county with the highest concentration of same-sex house­holds in Pennsylvania.

Church folks like to say that all are invited to worship the all-loving-God.

To publicly talk about views on homosexuality, some churches (not all) would be forced to admit that members of the LGBT community are, at minimum, looked at differently, and such an admission is not so welcoming.

The problem is not that homosexuals create awkward social situations (they attend church, too) by being at coffee hour where a church-goer, or God forbid, an impressionable child, may have to deal with their demands: We’re here, we’re queer, get me a muffin and let’s chat.

No. Lots of church people say, we will be nice. That is what we are called to do. You know, “love the sinner, hate the sin.”

That judgmental phrase is frequently used in church to address the gay issue, but it isn’t used when there is a lot of sinful judging going on.

Bigots fixate on what they say is the deviant sex lives of the LGBT community. It says right there in the Bible, they will point out, that it is an “abomination,” and with that, they feel free to judge, making sex the only dimension of an LGBT person’s life.

It seems wrong, especially for those who profess to be bound to the command “love one another,” to endorse discrimination of anyone.

North Carolina voters this week approved a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex unions, but it’s not fair to have a vote on marriage equality because the LGBT community is a minority population.

Their issues will never matter to the majority, unless we really do start loving our neighbors.

There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in federal law that are denied to same-sex couples.

How do loving people continue to deny equality?

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