May 9, 2012

Tomorrow in North Carolina folks will fulfill their civic duty and vote in the primary election. I hope every person will vote. The right and duty to vote are so important to me. Today folks are still fighting for this right that so many of us take for granted. They fight to get the chance to voice their preference for leaders. 

North Carolinians will also get the rare privilege to vote  for or against Amendment 1 which reads:
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
So much has been said for and against this amendment. I have personally been involved in discussions, ad nauseum, on this topic. Frankly, I can't wait until the whole thing is over. I tweeted yesterday that I could not wait until May 9, 2012. Then I read a post today on John Shore's blog that gave me a different perspective on that day. 

The person writing was a guest poster to John's blog (it is great, by the way). He essentially talked about what Amendment One means to his family. He talked about how he will feel on May 9, 2012 after the amendment passes (as the polls seem to suggest that it will). As I was reading this guy's post tears began to fall from my eyes. My heart broke as I began to think about this guy's anguish. The tears were there for another reason, too. These words cut me as a butcher cuts the day's game:

I know your readers are not the kind of people to support such an amendment and the animus it represents. Nonetheless, there may come a time when a Christian asks you, “Why do gays and lesbians hate us so much?” Should that happen, I hope my thoughts here will come to mind. I know the difference between you and your readers vs. those who promote these laws. However, most of my gay and lesbian friends do not. It’s a good week to hate Christians. But know I love you and your readers. I guess it’s because I don’t really think of you as Christians, but as people who believe in Jesus.
"...there may come a time when a Christian asks you, 'Why do gays and lesbians hate us so much?" My eyes and cheeks filled with tears because these people think that I hate them. They think that I, a Christian, hate them. I do not. I suppose, however, I understand their animosity. They think, that we hate them so they hate us back. We often say we don't hate them but the reply from them is, "That is too yellow for rain..." My heart is for all people to experience the joy and peace that is available when hope is present. 

My prayer for each of my brothers and sisters to live as the sent ones. That we will hear the voice of Daddy, God and boldly speak and go. So, when you cast your vote--however you choose to vote--please remember the day after. To quote a friend, "...If the amendment passes or fails you still are commanded to love your neighbor-that includes your gay and lesbian neighbor."

This post is not to sway you for or against the amendment. I honestly believe that my sisters and brothers will cast votes that are in line with her or his convictions. I pray, that no matter how we vote, we remember the day after.


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