By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
The Supreme Court has just ruled that gay couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Without a doubt, those within the LGBTQ community are overjoyed with the decision. Given the fact that 60 percent of Americans agreed that gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry, according to a Gallup poll in May, it’s no surprise that the court ruled the way they did.
For many Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists, those justices who were in the 5-4 majority decision disregarded and disrespected their beliefs and value system of marriage being between one man and one woman. The justices have spoken, and whether people agree or disagree with their decision, the ruling has been passed down.
Because we have been battling the issue of gay marriage for so long, it’s time for people of faith to express their love to those who may display different values. Please understand that I’m not suggesting that anyone has to agree with an individual’s lifestyle, however, the life of an individual must be respected at all times. The same respect those within the LGBTQ community wish to receive from the public is the same respect that the public should receive from them if there’s a disagreement.
I hear from many people that the United States of America is the land of opportunity. It’s a place where people can come and achieve their goals. It’s a place where people can be free without the threat of harm based on one’s religion or s*xual orientation. Unfortunately, the United States doesn’t always live up to that imaginable creed because there’s still racism, prejudice, s*xism, discrimination, and outright dislike and hatred. It doesn’t take long for a reasonable person to see it.
The recent decision by the Supreme Court about gay marriage can teach us three things:
The justices of the Supreme Court are not appointed by the Creator, but by Man.
Love people regardless of their s*xual orientation. People are different and because of our differences, we have to learn to find some common ground and work from there.
If you’re committed to a cause, you’ll do whatever you can to see it through.
Within the next few Sundays, you can be certain that Christian churches in the U.S. will have something to say about the decision. There will be some churches celebrating the court’s decision, and there will be those churches who will condemn it and send everyone within the LGBTQ community along with the five justices straight to h*ll.
The challenge for the church is to continue to minister to people no matter who they are. Even though there may be some sound differences, at no time should the church shun people who need assistance. Am I proposing that all clergies should perform gay marriages? No. What I am saying is that hatred cannot and should not be expressed.
Let me drop some advice to those who see morality as only what happens in the bedroom:
1. Fight to end institutional racism.
2. Help to put an end to Black-on-Black crime.
3. Push for the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015.
Now that the Supreme Court has made its ruling, let’s put just as much energy that was spent on preventing gay couples from marrying on the issues listed above.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an activist, speaker, writer, author, and life coach, Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey