Sunday, November 9, 2008

Protests...

I have been troubled by the amount of protests that have been going on over the last 10 days...
I have been baffled by the lack of respect for contrary opinions.
I believe Marriage to be a sacred covenant between
a MAN and a WOMAN.
You see I believe in families; I believe that the family is the basic unit of our society.
I believe that when and if marriage is no longer defined as a union between a man and a woman, our society will start to falter even more.
Some will call me a bigot, hate monger, prejudiced,...
I believe it is my God given right to free speech to express my opinion.
I also believe it is my DUTY to fight for the things I believe in.
I do NOT hate gay people.
I actually have a close gay relative... I love this relative very much.
Members of my faith, the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter Day Saints, have been targeted heavily in these protests.
You see we have a saying in our church:
Love the sinner, not the sin.
And though some might be offended by this because they do not view homosexuality as a sin,
it should be taken as this:
We love everyone regarding of their opinions, behaviors,...
We try the best we can to be a Christlike people.
That our opinions differ should not single us out as bigots.
Most Americans still have traditional values,
no matter what the lobbies and media try to push on us.
We do NOT hate, we LOVE.
We are only defending what we believe in.
In this era of political correctness,
it seems like the silent majority is becoming attacked
simply because we believe in something.
I believe marriage to be instituted by God,
to bind a man and a woman.
I believe the purpose of marriage is to bring children into this world
and raise them to be good, moral, law abiding and God believing.
I believe it to be my duty to voice my beliefs.
I KNOW what I stand for.
I know what my VALUES are.
I am not alone.
I believe in traditional marriage.
Our inspired church leaders published
The FAMILY: a proclamation to the world in 1995.
Here is a copy of what we believe in.
"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.

We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society."

2 comments:

emily said...

The night of the first protest at the SLC temple I cried. Dave was a little caught off guard by the intensity of my response. But I feel so overwhelmed that people think Mormons are hateful people. It's free speech. It's not a civil right they are fighting for, it's for immorality, plain and simple. And we have the right to stand up for it. I feel so bad for President Monson and the other leaders who have to deal with this. So sad.

Marjorie said...

Je ne pensais pas que la situation était si térrible dans l'ensemble des États-Unis. Tu fais bien de défendre tes droits.