Something I've been thinking about a lot lately is gender issues in media. "Hurray, another post about gender!" said all of her readers at once.
A few nights ago my family was watching Doctor Who together and one of the lines that The Doctor says as he jumps on his horse is "I speak horse, his name is Susan and he wants you to respect his life choices."
My Mom actually became quite upset at the show for that one line (and lets not forget Captain Jack Harkness.)
The thing is I expected her to be upset about it, but not as upset as she was.
Because I think we hold slightly different views.
Politically speaking I will refrain from the debate on whether or not gay/lesbian/bi/transgener/questioning people should be allowed to marry people of the same gender.
"How could a sweet, Christian, 'conservative' girl say such a thing?" you ask.
It is simple, Marriage is an institution, a covenant between two people before God (yes, marriage actually is an institution started out of religion), and I personally believe that the government has no place in it. I think the government has as much place in heterosexual marriage as it has in gay marriage. So as long as the government is going to stick it's fingers in traditional marriage the same should be allowed for gays.
Because it is the logical progression of my views on what it means to be a Christian.
To be a christian means that you believed sin entered the world and man entered a fallen state when adam and eve chose to eat the fruit of the garden that God had commanded them not to eat. At this point man's natural state was fallen and sinful.
To be a Christian is actually NOT NATURAL AT ALL. you could even say it's SUPERNATURAL. As a christian you will constantly be surrounded by people who do not believe the same way that you do, because it isn't natural. The natural thing to do is whatever serves you and feels right, but that isn't Christ's way, the way he laid out for us.
When you think of it, it's not non christians shoving their beliefs on us, We were actually sent to bring his teachings to them.
What right have we to be offended when someone says something contrary to what God says is right and true? If they aren't a follower of Christ then why wouldn't they say something like "his name is susan and he wants you to respect his life choices. It's a secular show, it makes no claim to be religious.
Furthermore, our job is not to judge them anyway, our job is to love them regardless of their life choices, like Jesus did.
Because with what measure you judge you will be judged.