The Right Side of History and God’s Thoughts?

The Supreme Court ruled on our family’s civil rights today. It didn’t really affect my family in the way I would hope it would – but it is a step in the right direction. The Supreme Court ruled to strike down DOMA (Defense Against Marriage Act) which federally defined marriage between a man and a woman. This means that any state that has legally married same-sex couples are now protected under federal law as a married couple and entitled to the same benefits and rights as those taxpayers in a heterosexual marriage.

This is big news!

Now, we live in Missouri. Missouri and our neighboring state Kansas currently have bans in the state constitution on same-sex marriage. Which means that our states do not recognize a marriage between same-sex couples, regardless of whether they get married in a state that grants same-sex marriage or not. I’ve yet to figure out, because I am currently writing this draft at work on my lunch break, what this means for my family in general.

I know striking down DOMA means that all states that currently have legalized gay marriage couples, will be afforded the same rights to the federal level. So, basically, those people married in those legal states are protected under federal law and now get their rights restored.

What does that do for those of us who do not currently live in a state that recognizes gay marriage? I am going to assume, it means nothing for us in the immediate future. We will simply go about our lives, unmarried and discriminated against until such a time as all states in the United States of America smarten up and decide to be on the right side of history. Perhaps sometime in the future, all the states and the people who populate it decide to treat all their taxpaying, law-abiding citizens and neighbors with the same rights and equality under the law.

Then I think of the post from one of my very favorite bloggers, Deborah for Kids Without Religion and the link she provided to the North Carolina Values Coalition. I found a lot of things interesting as to what is happening to the religious community in regards to their opinion of my family’s lack of civil rights and the outcome of this decision by the Supreme Court.

I hear all the time by the Conservative Right that in order to be a ‘true’ American you must trust in your government’s laws. You must abide by the law and you must be a patriot to our great country. This usually means following “Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” and believing in the almighty “God” In order to be a true American, you must have these fundamental things down and in your very core.

So, two days ago, before the decision of the Supreme Court came down, I went to the website’s Facebook page, because of course, I was interested and intrigued. Low and behold, I was also looking to be pissed off for the rest of the night.

I found this woman’s wonderful prayer to her Lord and Savior. I am sure it is similar to other people who are her like-minded peers in this debate.

I’m have blacked out her name and picture because I do have respect for her beliefs, however, if you were to go to the public Facebook page, you will see her prayer in this exact entirety. She is proud of her beliefs, I am sure, so I am sure she will be thrilled to have the exposure of said prayer for my blog readers to see!

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If you can’t read this, here’s the transcript of the prayer.

Prayer for the Supreme Court and the Nation
Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your unchanging truth, holiness, righteousness, mercy and grace. You have given us a nation founded upon the principles of Your word. You have blessed us, but we have squandered Your grace and turned away from Your principles. So we come to You to plead for our nation.

Specifically, we pray for the pending Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage. We pray that next week the Court would not impose a false definition of marriage on our nation. Father, we confess that we in the Church have already sinned against You and have not been good stewards of the gift of marriage through our own issues with unfaithfulness, selfishness, pornography, homosexuality and divorce. Forgive us, Lord. Now our nation is following our imperfect example and seeks to redefine and corrupt the gift of marriage in order to satisfy its own lusts.

We acknowledge that through Jesus Christ we can repent and turn to You. So help the people of this nation to turn to You with repentant hearts, that we all may be covered in Your grace. Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, let Your purity and truth shine in this situation. Help us to proclaim to those enslaved by homosexuality, and any other sin, that liberty and identity is available in Jesus Christ. Help us to lovingly embrace the repentant.

Fill us with Your Spirit so that our thoughts, words and actions reflect Your love and not our judgment. Help us to trust in Your plan, and to act justly throughout it. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior. Amen.”

So, when the decision from the Supreme Court came down, I thought about this prayer in particular. I thought of this woman and those in her same like-minded beliefs giving the future of my family, the fate of my daughter’s reality up to her god’s will.

Ok, well, and we all know that god’s will is righteous and correct. God’s will doesn’t make mistakes. We all know that if we are true Christian believers and believe in the word of the Lord, we must follow and trust in God’s will.

And realistically, this is what this woman has done. She has prayed for God’s will to stir the hearts and minds of the Supreme Court and the decision they were making about the fate of my family.

Now that the decision has come down on the opposite way in which this woman and her peers have been praying so fervently for, what does that mean for them? If God exists and we must trust in God’s will, then … I think …

God has made a very clear and direct point to his followers.

He has not answered your prayers.

What does that say to you? To me, that says, that God’s will is clear, if he is real and listens to your prayers. He denied your prayers. Your prayers were not answered?

Can we speculate as to why?

I can. I can speculate that this God of yours has made it very clear that your discrimination against your fellow human beings AND your hiding behind his name and word to justify it, is not acceptable. He has denied your prayers because God’s will is not the same as you have been persecuting your homosexual brothers and sisters in the Lord over.

Not only have you now used your God’s name to condemn an entire group of people, but you have also decided to discriminate and with hateful laws persecute those people. My family, in the name of God.

Well, it looks to me that God is telling you that you are wrong and you cannot have what you want. Looks to me that God is saying, everyone should be treated equally and instead of answering your prayers, he has chosen to go the opposite way and make his wishes very clear.

Of course, what do I know. I haven’t been to church in awhile. I personally believe the church does nothing but drive fear and brainwash children into believing things that may or may not be true, but we can’t prove any of is.

I guess, my question to this woman in light of her prayers not being answered is this:

Do you trust in God’s answer to your prayer? Do you trust in his will that you requested when you prayed to him? Or do you find some reason to believe this is not God’s answer and must be something else? Basically, will you be a hypocrite?

If so, I’m not surprised.

In the end, I don’t care what God thinks, because in the end I don’t think God played a part in this decision. I think common sense and good morals and good hearts had everything to do with this decision. End of story.

So, congratulations to all the ladies and gentlemen out there who are legally married in their states who will be now federally recognized! Congratulations to you all! I hope that when this very long journey is over, my family will be celebrating just as hard as you are currently!

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8 thoughts on “The Right Side of History and God’s Thoughts?

  1. Hey Rachael,

    Today is my ninth wedding anniversary, and I was thinking about people like you guys.
    Many people do face opposition when they marry, but it’s usually just little rifts with friends and family.

    I was thinking about what gays might face versus straights……

    1) When Mr. Amazing and I went to the courthouse to get a wedding license no one denied us one.

    2) When we went to leadership in my church looking for someone on staff to marry us there wasn’t a conflict of interest.

    3) When people found out we were getting married no one insisted that we needed to go through some sort of deliverance or inner healing because we were just confused about our sexuality.

    4) There wasn’t one person who told us we couldn’t or shouldn’t have a child/children. In fact, because we were in our thirties, we were actually encouraged by the pastor who married us to start right away.

    5) No moral or political group protested our decision to marry by picketing against our union either through an actual demonstration at the venue of our wedding or through some sort of legislation.

    • Congratulations on your anniversary, Charity! And, you know, I appreciate all your kind supportive words. You are truly a great person and I am very lucky that you found this blog!

  2. I’m sorry, Rachael, I guess I am just feeling super sensitive about this today. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but just in case someone looks at your blog smugly I want them to see how unfair all this nonsense is. Maybe some day soon your family will be ‘legal’. Maybe if people put themselves in your shoes they might want the best for you instead of preaching at you or hurling insults. You just seem like a genuinely kind person and it makes me sad that your family is going through all of this.

    • Oh, Charity, with the ruling yesterday, we are most definitely going to be legal someday. I told someone yesterday, I may not live to see the day when Missouri is legal, but it will happen, and in my heart, we are already married, the paperwork and the formality is more for protection and equality.

      Thanks, sweetie. Your words touch my heart today!

  3. Rachael, I know exactly how you feel because we are in the same boat. Elated for those who can now be recognized legally, and relieved at this big step, but . . . when will it be our turn? Staying optimistic that the tide will turn before too long in both of our very conservative states.

    • There are so many of us out there, Katie! In comparison to the same-sex couples out there that are rejoicing in very few states, that is. Thanks for commenting! I, too, am staying optimistic – let’s hope we get there soon, though I have feeling, we may be at the bottom of the list right now.

  4. Love, love this post. Thanks for your perspective, as always. I’ve been struggling with how the Christian right has been taking over our nation’s religious dialogue. I’m Christian left and I feel like our voices go unheard.
    Also loved your thoughtful comment on my working mom post. Thx!!

    • Thanks Evelyn. You know, I never thought about it in terms of Christian left or right. I mean I know there are some Christians that are compassionate and advocates for equality, I suppose I just see their viewpoint so little. Maybe that’s the problem, not enough are standing out! I appreciate your comment!

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