Two For the Price of One

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve found that some days topics are hard to come by.  Other days, there’s more than enough and I pick the one that moves me the most, saving the leftovers for the thin times.  Today, however, I have a unique problem.  You see, I have two topics that are equally deserving, equally moving and both are a little time-sensitive.  So, I’m doing something different: I’m giving you a twofer.  That’s right, two posts for the price of one.  And, the beauty part is, they’re both FREE!!! 

Part One

I don’t know if anyone watched the debate on CNN the other night (I didn’t, I never do), but I found an interesting bit on Gawker yesterday.  Check out the article if you like, but I’ve embedded the video here:

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 Did you get that?  When Blitzer asked Ron Paul if someone who chose not to purchase health insurance and suffered a catastrophic illness or injury should receive aid from the government, Paul answered the person should accept that risk without asking for government help.  When Blitzer pressed, asking “Congressman, are you saying society should just let that person die?”, several people in the audience yelled “YEAH!”.  There is an amazing lack of grace in that way of thinking.  No second chances, no do-overs, no help whatsoever; one instance of less-than-perfect judgment should cost you your life.  That’s disturbing.  What’s more disturbing is that many of the people who feel this way call themselves Christians.  Evidently, they don’t follow the same Christ I do. 

Part Two

Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate joined the N.C. House of Representatives in voting to place a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on the ballot in May.  My first reaction on hearing this was “Don’t these guys have anything better to worry about?”  Right now, the unemployment rate in North Carolina is 8th highest in the nation at 10.1%, 16.3% of North Carolinians live in poverty, as many as 15,000 to 20,000 may be homeless, 1 in 4 children under the age of 5 are hungry and this is your big priority?  On a strictly secular level, it’s moronic.  As a Christian, I find it offensive.  It’s offensive because instead of working to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and house the homeless, our elected officials are worried that gay people are somehow going to destroy the institution of marriage and think this ridiculous idea is worthy of a constitutional amendment.  Let me share something with you: the National Center for Health Studies found the 43% of first marriages end in divorce.  43%!!!  Doesn’t sound like marriage is faring all that well under straight people’s stewardship, so why do we get to call the shots?  Maybe it’s time we let LGBT join our little club and allow them to marry whoever they damn well please.  They can’t do any worse than we have.  It’s also offensive because it somehow implies that LGBT people aren’t worthy of full citizenship, that they’re less than us in some way.  That idea isn’t worthy of Christian values or American ideals.  God made every one of us, who are we to decide a person’s value?  As Hugh Hollowell said on Facebook yesterday: “North Carolina legislature votes to put gay marriage ban for constitution on May ballot. Next order of business: Deciding who only counts as 3/5ths of a person”.  Well said, my friend.  Well said.