We live in an ever-changing world. As a matter of fact, you have probably heard the saying that change is inevitable. That saying is only partly true. Change definitely happens. However, what constitutes positive change is shaped immensely by people’s spiritual and/or moral beliefs.
For Christians, The Holy Bible is the foundation of their spiritual and moral beliefs; it serves as a compass – guiding, strengthening and empowering Christians to make choices that help them lead lives that honor God. The Word of God (The Holy Bible) and all its precepts are constant – meaning some things won’t ever change for Christians. One of those things that will never change is the definition of marriage. Marriage is between one man and one woman; it is a sacred union that has been strategically diluted by American culture via the media and well-organized grassroots campaigns.
Biologically, whether one agrees or not, there is a natural order and role for men and women in society. Unfortunately, those roles have been altered in a way – by a variety of factors and influences – causing ripple effects. For example, more and more people are choosing to have medical procedures that alter their natural body structure from male to female or female to male. Even more people are choosing to use their bodies in ways they weren’t naturally designed (i.e. living gender-neutral lives). These choices are oftentimes based on how people begin to feel over a set period of time due to a wide range of circumstances and/or influences and not necessarily on whether that person was physically born a male or female. Today, it is extremely common for people to value their feelings over universal natural, spiritual and/or moral truths.
The truth is that every person’s life is shaped by what they believe. If you affirm that you are a Christian, then marriage by any other definition than between a man and a woman is not marriage. This truth is often muddled by the fact that there are many good and kind people across the nation who function in loving relationships with people of their same gender. This fact is not a truth that is supported by Christian standards. Yet, it is a fact that Christians in America tolerate because they live in a country that gives everyone the right to exist – even homosexuals. Most Christians – despite what they feel about homosexual lifestyles – recognize that the same liberty that gives homosexuals the right to exist in America is the same liberty that gives Christians the freedom to practice their faith.
Christians realize the secular world in which they live will always be in contradiction to their spiritual and/or moral beliefs. Yet, they also realize that the secular world in which they live should never impose on their ability and right as Christians to live their lives according to the biblical tenets of their faith. Unfortunately, the push to redefine marriage does just that; it changes the way Christians are able to adhere to the biblical tenets of their faith.
This change is one that Christians cannot accept. Many are gathering in Annapolis, MD on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6 p.m. to demonstrate their support for keeping the definition of marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman. The Achieving the Dream: Stronger Marriages, Stronger Families, Stronger Maryland Rally, sponsored by the Maryland Marriage Alliance, is scheduled to take place on January 30th at the Lawyers’ Mall at the Maryland State Capitol.
The rally is in lieu of the Maryland State Senate hearing for Senate bill, SB241 – the Civil Marriage Protection Act – which is scheduled for discussion by the Maryland State Senate the following day on Tuesday, January 31st at 1 p.m.
For more details regarding the rally, call Julia Vidmar at 410-858-4030, ext. 7011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can’t attend Monday’s rally, here are some other ways YOU can take action:
- Register in person to testify in Annapolis, MD on Tuesday, January 31st against the Civil Marriage Protection Act, SB241 – CLICK HERE to read how to register your testimony against SB241 by Noon on Tuesday, January 31st;
- Call your Maryland Senator to request that he/she vote against SB241;
- Email your Maryland Senator to request that he/she vote against SB241; or
- Fax a letter to your Maryland Senator to request that he/she vote against SB241.
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