Gay marriage foe doesn't hate gay people

June 06, 2004

Dear Editor:

I would like to briefly correct a couple of improper inferences made by Mr. Gibson in a recent rebuttal to an opinion I expressed about "activist" judges allowing same-sex marriages. First, Mr. Gibson said that I "feel that those (gay) people should have never been born." I in no way feel that way. Just because I think we should stand for the biblical and historic view of marriage between one man and one woman, does not mean I hate gay people. I don't. I do believe their lifestyle is wrong but I in no way wish they were never born.

Next, Mr. Gibson says that he has love in his heart and that I need not worry about his soul. I'm not trying to be judgmental but the Bible says that a relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way a person can be saved and have any hope of eternal life. I do pray for those who believe that their love and good deeds is all that it takes to get to heaven. I hope and pray they will come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. I'd love to discuss this with Mr. Gibson.


Finally, Mr. Gibson stated that "this is supposed to be a democratic society (freedom of choice)" and declares that the "30 percent who support gay marriage are not just going to go away." My desire is for the 70 percent (majority) to stand up for what they believe and what the Bible teaches. For a true democracy, the majority should rule as opposed to "activist" judges.

I know many people want to keep the Bible out of such issues but we need to be reminded that faith and trust in God was the foundation on which our country was established. That's why our money says "In God We Trust." Christians believe that God has revealed Himself to us in the Bible, and we are not trying to be "intolerant" but simply trying to follow the moral standards as set forth in the Bible.

It is the Bible that clearly says "a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." That's God's perfect picture of marriage. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a culture in which everybody does what is right in their own eyes.

The Bible also says we are to love our neighbors and while I strongly disagree with homosexual marriages, I don't want Mr. Gibson to think I hate him or gay people.

Harold Best


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