Monday, March 31, 2008

Speaking the Truth

I was reading in PARADE on Sunday, the section on celebrity news. I was sickened by the report about Melissa Etheridge. Now I don’t know anything about her, really, except for what I read, but that was enough.

Apparently, she has exchanged vows with her new female partner, with whom she “has” 17-month old twins, following her relationship with another woman with whom she “had” two children.

What struck me—and frightens me—is how casually it was reported—as if true—that two women can actually “have” a child. It’s as if it were the most natural thing in the world! It’s the same thing I hear when people identify same-sex couples as being married.

I’m not being mean or uncharitable here. I’m simply stating the truth. Two women cannot have children, nor is their relationship a marriage. It’s not a condemnation of them, it’s just a fact. We should never condemn others, but we must speak the truth in love.

Can you imagine if Jesus would have had the “whatever goes” philosophy of life? He wouldn’t have spent so many difficult hours trying to help the Pharisees “get it.” No matter how difficult it may be, we cannot change the truth.

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