When I ask people why they don’t go to church, temple, or religious service of faith they often say they believe in a god, but don’t like organized religion. Looking at television evangelicals I sometimes wonder if Christianity hasn’t become the religion that Jesus railed against in his brief time on earth.
Certainly Christians, Jews, and Muslims are known around the world for fighting. Hindus and Muslims are constantly fighting as well, though here in the US we aren’t as aware of it.
But now organized religions have found a rallying cry. Mormons, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, evangelical Christians, Sikhs and Hindus are coming together to support Proposition 8 and same-sex marriages.
I think it explains a lot about modern religions that the only time they can come together is to further the prejudice on a small group of people that probably don’t even follow their particular flavour of religion.
Fighting abortion, war, disease, poverty, I could understand, but I can’t grok their need to legislate marriage especially when they spend so little time on the failure of heterosexual marriage in their own groups. Even the guru of Christian families Dr. Dobson now recognizes homosexuality as a genetic or physiological affect.
I think this issue also spotlights religious leaders focus on sex and not violence. I can watch a movie where peole are cut to pieces in the most sadistic ways, but I can’t see a woman’s breasts. In small secular countries like Turkey women would publicly expose their breasts while feeding without any embarrassment, here in the US the same act would cause a small riot.
One of the primary Bible passages used to forbid homosexuality is Leviticus 18:22.
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
What is interesting to me in this is that it is addressed to men. Yet in Leviticus 18:23 we have
Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
Here in the very next line both men and women are addressed. It’ not until the Apostle Paul do we have an author against pretty much anything to do with women. Except maybe taking money. And in fact there are many ways to translate the original Hebrew of verse 22. But one meaning has been passed down and what is generally accepted, right or wrong.
There are also groups fighting this legislation if for no other reason than they don’t believe their particual beliefs should be forced on people who don’t follow their faith.
What this movement does show is that in the end we have a group of self proclaimed religious experts coming together to put their belief into legislation for an act that may or may not be sinful and probably will never affect them anyway.
To me this is more a sign of how religion has fallen than the spreading of sin in the world.