I’m on a mailing list for folk who were once overseas doing missionary work. Its mostly how-the-kids-are-doing chit chat, but occasionally there is a thread on contemporary Christian issues.

I’m probably the most liberal person who subscribes to this list, which isn’t too much of a surprise, given the generally conservative nature of the mission field, but occasionally the pin-headed zeal of some of the members puts me in a tizzy. Rather than flame the list, I’m responding here. Its just more productive this way.

Here’s the quote from the list today:

One last thing, please call or contact your local congress person(s) to support the Marriage Ammendment.  Since the courts and the liberals have been on this push to destroy both our Christian foundations and the family this is our only hope to stem the tide of this political onslaught on our God given freedoms.  I must agree with the over 24 family related organizations that have come together in support of this legislation.  We the people need to be heard, especially Christian people!  We can no longer sit in our churches and wag our fingers and shake our heads at the athiest outside our walls.  They want nothing more than to remove our religious freedoms.  Please pray for our country, for our leaders and that God would have His hand in these matters.  Remember, it is not the special interests and corrupt politicians that we stand against, but against all the powers of darkness that is spoken of in Scripture.  This is a spiritual battle and we need to pray against this spiritual onslaught.  Our country and our culture and our freedoms are at stake.  So please, flood the switchboards of Washington or your local congresspersons office with support of the Federal Marriage Ammendment Act.  This liberal madness must stop!

Step by step, lets help this lost soul understand why we loathe his views so much.

Since the courts and the liberals have been on this push to destroy both our Christian foundations and the family this is our only hope to stem the tide of this political onslaught on our God given freedoms.

Which freedom would that be? The freedom to force your views on other people? As far as I can tell, allowing civil unions between consenting adults doesn’t take away anyone’s God-given freedoms, and it certainly won’t destroy anyone’s family. If, indeed, someone’s Christian faith is tested beyond its limits by a such a law, what a pitiful faith that must be! If someone’s family could be destroyed by such a law, it must not be a family worth saving.

I must agree with the over 24 family related organizations that have come together in support of this legislation. 

So what exactly is a family related organization? Would that be an organization of people who come from families? So the opponents of this legislation presumably don’t come from families — perhaps they are alien who were born in pods.

We the people need to be heard, especially Christian people! 

Is this because the voices of Christian people count more than the voices of others? And why do you think that Christians would support this legislation anyway?

We can no longer sit in our churches and wag our fingers and shake our heads at the athiest outside our walls. 

If that’s what people did in my Church I’d get the heebee-geebees, but that’s besides the point. There are plenty of us Christians inside the Church who think the Marriage Amendment is a terrible idea, and it is folly to think that Christian doctrine is clear on the matter.

They want nothing more than to remove our religious freedoms.

Like, for example, the freedom to sit in your church and wag your finger? Exactly which freedom are you talking about? Which freedom do you have now that would be taken away if the government were to allow Gay Marriage?

Please pray for our country, for our leaders and that God would have His hand in these matters. 

We’ll both do that.

Remember, it is not the special interests and corrupt politicians that we stand against, but against all the powers of darkness that is spoken of in Scripture. 

So, by opposing the Marriage Amendment, I must be either a special interest, a corrupt politician, or one of the powers of darkness, is that it? Well, you brain-dead, self-righteous zealot, I take offense at that. You may have appointed yourself as the world authority on what is right and what is wrong, but reasonable people don’t really care what you think. Much as you would like to believe it, Scripture offers me little in the way of support for this legislation.

Now certainly, I’ll admit that you can find plenty of Scripture which tells you how to live, but nowhere does Scripture tell us that Governments should be instituted among men for the purpose of religious indoctrination. You may want to turn the United States into a theocracy along the lines of Saudi Arabia or Iran, but the average American doesn’t. If anything, Scripture tells us we are not and should not be bound by the Laws of Men. In Romans 7 Paul urges us to not focus on the particulars of the Commandments, but instead to find a Holy direction for ourselves through faith. If Paul had read your message, he would respond “You silly dweeb! Stop trying to legislate your faith, and start trying to live it!”

This is a spiritual battle and we need to pray against this spiritual onslaught.  Our country and our culture and our freedoms are at stake. 

I pray for a spiritual onslaught, one that would free you from your tired prejudices, from your petty grievances and from your hateful self-centeredness. Actually, your freedoms are not at stake. At stake is the freedoms of those whom you would oppress.

So please, flood the switchboards of Washington or your local congresspersons office with support of the Federal Marriage Ammendment Act. 

No doubt your congressperson has nothing better to do than deal with a flood of calls on this topic, what with the economy doing so well, the incredible Federal budget surpluses, the continuing successes of American foreign policy, the victory in the War against Terrorism, the fact that no one is poor anymore, everyone has adequate health care, starvation is no longer a problem, women can finally feel safe in their homes and of course the fact that no one gets pulled over any more for driving while black. Our elected officials need to have something to do in their copious spare time — nothing could be more productive than a Constitutional Amendment about the word ‘Marriage’

This liberal madness must stop!

I agree, but you keep writing and increasing my madness.

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