I, like most of us in this country, have strong opinions on the new ruling in the land about same-sex marriages. Seems pretty cut and dried to me, but then again, I’m one of those folks that believe in absolutes, blacks and whites… and consequences.
Because the object of this site is to encourage, reflect, and strive to unite us as Christians, I rarely grab the decisive issues by the horns and send my two cents into cyberspace. I do this time not in anger or passion, but in quiet honesty.
As I sat reflecting on the issue, an old movie, from when I was around eleven years old, came back to me like an old friend. Funny, the things we remember. The movie was The Three Musketeers.
And while some of the story is vague, there is one scene that stood out. Stood out so much that after forty years I can still see the images burned into my memory. I think it was Faye Dunaway that was the antagonist that had killed D’Artagnan’s (played by Michael York) girlfriend, (the character of Raquel Welch), and had also betrayed her country.
When justice was about to be poured out on the antagonist in the form of an execution, D’Artagnan had compassion and thought maybe there had been enough killing. He stepped in to try to reason with the rest of the Musketeers.
The burly Musketeer named Athos, played by Oliver Reed, spoke the line in the film that has stayed with me a lifetime. I’ve quoted the simple line in humor and I’ve spewed it in anger more than once. Ahhh, the things we remember.
“This is where we cross swords, D’Artagnan,” Athos told the youngster and was ready to fight him to the death to bring about justice.
The two sides of the latest decision by the court bring about that type of attitude and conviction. And which side we land on is based on what we believe in.
I’m willing to stand and cross swords with those who wouldn’t agree with my opinion, but not in a violent way. That’s not the Christian way.
I’m not surprised to find the ones that once told the moral majority that they couldn’t “legislate morality” are doing exactly that. I am disappointed that the modern church in their quest to “get along” has become silenced in their common sense.
In general I believe most of us are all for equal rights for a soul and a body the way God intended them to be born. That, however, doesn’t transfer to equality based on the actions of the soul cage… for any of us…
May our actions be that of patience and understanding in a lost world that serves a different master. I need to be reminded that the true love of God is for every single soul He created. That’s what will change hearts and the world. I hope those will be the things we remember.