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We Always Have Choices

The recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage doesn’t sit well with me. That’s the polite way to say it. Before you jump on me, read that first sentence again. “The ruling” doesn’t sit well with me. This isn’t about gay marriage. It’s about the roles of government, and it’s about power and freedom.

I do not believe that the Supreme Court has the power to dictate whether or not individual states allow gay marriage. Individual states should have this power, meaning that people who live in those states would govern themselves, via their elected representatives and their votes on individual items. This is a state issue, not a national issue.

It is not the role of the Supreme Court to define “marriage,” which is exactly what they have attempted to do. Aside from the issue of government roles, there is the issue of religious freedom. The Supreme Court does not get to dictate what the religious concept, marriage, means to individuals and their organizations. This not only goes against the laws of our land, but against natural law. A branch of the government cannot dictate what a person believes. It’s impossible. And to force a person to work against his or her spiritual center is unthinkable.

We always have choices. Sometimes they are not easy choices. Sometimes the choice to settle for nothing less than freedom is a choice that will cause us harm, at least initially, or even death. The US is not currently a place in which we must die to believe as we will. If you believe in blessings, count them. 😉 It is a place in which livelihoods are completely destroyed in the quest for religious freedom. How did we get here?

We got here via our choices. If you are a religious person, you might see certain choices as tests of your character, or even tests of your faith. Even if you are not particularly religious, being presented the options of doing something you think of as wrong, and being harmed for doing what you think is right (while not harming someone else), is a test of character. When the Supreme Court or any part of the government hands us tough choices, we need to make decisions that reflect our character, and that of our beliefs, and that of our country. That’s the way to freedom.

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