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Religious Views Run Ashore

More it seems we are all falling into a catch-22 when it comes to politically correct speech. Even clergy and chaplain members, whether it is through our civilian, public or our enlisted serviceman. It appears we all run the risk of being pushed to the extreme to navigate the watery feelings of all involved. Understandably, the Supreme Court recently passed the decision in which same-sex partners can now marry, and others now will recognize this in the States. However, that doesn’t mean it’s accepted just quite yet.

There are many people who have been brought up under the belief system, and through the readings and teachings of the Bible. This being said, the Bible states marriage is recognized between a man and a woman. The Bible further states desires and relations of any kind between two members of the same-sex, is considered homosexuality. Having these relations, will prove as an abomination, and for those who are still finding acceptance in this situation as far as others are concerned? There are some critical views left to review.

Some people I have spoken with have said, “It is the Christian people who are the one’s carrying hatred in their hearts.”

However, a law firm just recently exonerated a United States Navy chaplain for providing biblical counseling. The frequency of cases referencing religious liberties are increasing with the coming days. What started outside with Kim Davis, a Kentucky Magistrate who failed to issue same-sex marriage license because of her religious beliefs, has moved from the public sector to the military sector.

Twenty-year enlisted Veteran Wes Modder; a highly, decorated chaplain, was asked his views during a private counseling session about faith and marriage. Chaplain Modder’s background with the Assemblies of God denomination left him accused of being insensitive to the sailors filing the complaint. They filed on the basis of discrimination on religion and reported a direct complaint to the Commander in charge of the Naval Training Facility. (Groening, 2015)

The report made it up rank to a two-star Admiral, before it was rejected, and the initial complaint was tracked back to the chaplain’s office assistant. The rejection revealed Chaplain Modder was indeed fit for service, and the office assistant, based on his own homosexual orientation had attempted to have the Chaplain removed without any personal cause or as it appears, some sort of vendetta against him.

Some religions are making changes from years ago. The Catholic religion has made changes in the explanation in the way the church feels towards abortion and annulments of marriage. The Presbyterian Church has made concessions on the interpretation of same-sex marriage. Over time, other people may find themselves, more open to same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, and same-sex orientation acceptance in general. However, the Bible reads literally against it- there is no ambiguity surrounding this topic.

Until we recognize the truth, Christians will be searching for the words, the prayers and the guidance to reach out to their family and friends with love for their souls- for they are holding out until the ship comes ashore.

Our Two Cents:
Some people accuse Christians of being closed or narrow minded and do not want others to find love. There are many men looking for women, and women looking for men. These people haven’t found their mate yet. If they are looking, or if they have found that love, they want everyone to find it as well. It’s not jealousy, either. It’s more of an acceptance that people who are friends and family members seeking love.  Those who present a same-sex partner for a life partner do so sacrificing more than just a friendship with them, or a close relationship if there is no meeting in the middle. In doing so, a Christian family member or close friend has the option to accept the relationship and the long-term friendship, but knows with their beliefs, the soul of this person is lost forever. It is hard to just let a friend or family member release their soul for eternity, for a temporary relationship on earth.

Romans 1:20-32
“For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been -made. So people are without excuse. (21) For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. (22) Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools (23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. (24) Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. (25) They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (26) For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged the natural sexual relations for unnatural ones, (27) and likewise the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed in their passions for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (28) And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. (29) They are filled with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, malice. They are rife with envy, murder, strife, deceit, hostility. They are gossips, (30) slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, contrivers of all sorts of evil, disobedient to parents, (31) senseless, covenant-breakers, heartless, ruthless. (32) Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them. ”

Christians and people who find this type of lifestyle, based on their systems of belief; they do not make these decisions without hesitation or great reservation. They do so with much deliberation. They do so out of love themselves, not hate. Other social activists groups will attempt and persuade you to think it is a hate reason for doing so. However, a true Godly believer will not be doing so out of hate at all, but out of love and wanting to spend eternity with you, in Heaven.

You may say, “Well, you don’t know if this is true or not? God may want me to find love, and HE may have a different view about it when I stand before HIM on judgement day.

JESUS CAME TO BEAR THE PENALTY OF SIN UPON HIMSELF AND OFFERS FORGIVENESS TO ALL WHO TRUSTS IN HIS WORK ON THEIR BEHALF. ANY WHO DO TRULY TRUSTS IN HIM WILL NOT GO TO HELL. IN THIS WAY HOMOSEXUAL SIN IS THE SAME AS ANY OTHER SIN. IT CAN BE FORGIVEN. CONVERSELY, LIKE EVERY OTHER SIN, IT TOO NEEDS FORGIVENESS, AND IT TOO NEEDS TO BE OVERCOME BY THE GRACE OF GOD. For if as a Christian or a believer in Christ, if your friend or family member is wrong, he or she will face one judgement, but yours will be completely opposite if you choose to live in homosexual sin. Are you willing to take that chance?

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About Brenda Stapleton

Brenda Stapleton is a professional writer and social media enthusiast. She is the founding columnist of from the park bench, and continues blogging under the same headline today. She is a content writer, technical writer, communication and procedural consultant, who considers it both an honor, and a privilege to have worked with such a diverse group of subject matter experts throughout the years. She feels it is through collaboration and communication with professionals in other programs, where meaningful partnerships are formed and challenging projects are culminated which produce awareness, integration, and increased success in finding solutions to mutual problems.

Brenda is a former primary and secondary educator, with a Louisiana teaching certification from (ULM) University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a former nurse tech and registered nurse working under the ULM-RN program. She certified through the (AFA) American Fitness Association as a personal trainer, and is a certified law enforcement professional under (POST) Police Officer Standards Training in the State of Louisiana. She is well-versed in the Arts and Sciences, holding a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Arts in the discipline of Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and Psychology. She has credited graduate work in English and Integrated Learning through Technology and Communication, carried over from her Ph.D. work in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

and More…personally
Brenda grew up in Columbia, Louisiana in the same house, where her parents still live, today. She began life literally, stumbling every day. She was fitted for her first set of braces on her legs, as a toddler. She would wear braces on her legs, until the age of four, and orthopedic shoes until the age of six. Thinking the past was behind her, she took the world in leaps and bounds, until at the peak of her career, she faced yet another set-back, only this one, left her with a neurological injury that was irreversible. Since then, she has strived continuously for a career, where her passion for creativity would be fueled by the fervor of chasing a sense of sobriety that did not leave her doubtful of a future. Armed with a sense of humor, a purpose in life, and a heart full of dreams, she took the road less traveled, compliments of Robert Frost, and she has learned many things along the way.
She has learned adaptability is her best characteristic, and humility is her worst. She has learned the day is scarier than the night, for in the day you will see the harm that befalls you. She has learned unconditional love is never stronger than in the very young, and as it is in the very old. She has learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing, a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate it all. She has learned the only certainty in life, is death- be ready. She has learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and she has learned that patience is the most taught virtue.
In her free time, Brenda can be found lost in the elements of nature. She enjoys cycling, golfing, swimming, and practicing yoga. Her favorite places to be in this world are at the edge of the sand, with the ocean waves kissing her toes, or chasing her footprints away; or riding a bike through the park under the trees full of multi-colored leaves in the fall, with the wind blowing gently at her face, and is deeply overwhelmed by nature. It’s the fleeting moments when she is caught in a rainstorm, or snowflakes begin to fall, and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of skin, or when watching over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud into bloom, when she feels human, small and meek.
Brenda is a published author of articles and blogs. She is currently writing her first book, but acknowledges her two greatest accomplishments, as the two who call her momma. She is inspired by watching her daughters become individuals, face their giants, and grow in life, while each follows her dreams and searches for a place and a purpose to aspire and grow. With several years behind her, and her children growing into adults, Brenda has taken the time to focus on her purpose. In doing so, she has unpacked the dreams she had placed away for safe keeping, and with a bit of uncertainty of what lies ahead, she sets out on yet another road less traveled, and this time, she says she takes a pen and paper along the way.

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