Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Collegial Reply to a Critical Comment on One of my Posts

Three days ago I received a comment on my posting concerning the DoD's 'survey' of troops regarding the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.  I give this person very high marks for his/her candor and courtesy, but feel like I have to educate him/her a little on Constitutional matters and this seemed a proper forum.  Here is the comment and my reply afterward:

Separation of church and state is in the constitution. This is a human rights issue, not a spiritual/religious one. You have only expressed your opinion on this matter and it is obviously strictly influenced by your belief in God. I understand that for those that do believe in God that it is all-encompassing in that person's life. You mention that you are a Christian. The only time that I remember Jesus getting angry at sinners was when they defiled God's temple. He knew about the many differences in the way people lived, even contrary to what he taught, but he never got hateful and angry and attempted to stop anyone from making decisions. To me, thats what being Christ-like is. On another note, I learned long ago that you can't change the way a person operates or thinks, but you can influence them. I respect your belief in God, you as a human being, and especially as a soldier (thank you for your willingness and strength). I just hope that you can see that there is many people out there that have several ways of thinking. This comment was by no means an attempt to insult you or anyone else. God bless
First of all, thanks for the respectful nature of your commentary.  It's always refreshing to hear.

Second:  The overall intent of the commentary herein was to highlight the disingenuous nature the DoD conducted this 'survey.'  It was a far cry from how the media presented it.  It was (from PERSONAL experience) presented to servicemen as a statement of FACT and HOW we are going to deal with it.  It was "this is what is HAPPENING, how will it affect you."  It was in no, manner, shape, or form a questionnaire to present ones views on the subject and whether or not this is a positive thing.

Second:  'Separation' of church from state is a myth that has been perpetuated by those that wish to destroy the concept of God and the moral foundations of this country.  What the First Amendment prohibits is Congress passing a "law respecting an establishment of religion".  The actual original intent of this phrase was to directly prohibited Congress from interfering with already "established" state religions amongst several of the first 13 states.  The "separation of church and state" is a radically liberal interpretation of a phrase that has nothing to do with the original intent of the document.  A very scholarly article written on the subject is here

Third:  You are right, Christ in no way practiced anger or hatred towards any of the countless sinners around them.  However, he never once condoned sin, nor sanctioned it, nor tolerated it.  Many point to Christ's saving of the woman who was caught in adultery from being stoned to death as evidence of His cool, modern, Buddy-Jesus persona.  What people don't think about is that He said to the woman shortly thereafter, "Go and SIN no more."  What Christ showed was mercy for sin, not toleration of it.  He came not just to die and pay the penalty of our sin, He died to free us from the power of sin.  He does so because He HATES sin.

Lastly:  The militant homosexual agenda is not about equal rights.  They already have equal rights.  (They can marry someone from the opposite sex anytime they wish!!!)  What they are after is a complete acceptance of their lifestyle.  This is not about all gays.  Most do what they do with no problems, no issues, no pushing it in people's faces at all.  In fact the majority (and if someone can find the source on this I'd be very grateful) of homosexuals in the military do not wish to practice this openly.  This is all about imposing a lifestyle upon the sole remaining traditionally moral institution of the country.  I may not go so far, but others believe it is intentional to destroy the very foundations of our military.

So thank you for your comments and allowing me to respond.

But by the grace of God be I,


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