11/26/2008

Is This The Right Voice?

Posted by Kevin |

After Prop 8 passed in California, banning same sex marriage, Mission Gathering put this billboard out as an apology for the actions of Christians.

Thoughts?

9 comments:

Alexis said...

This makes me so sad because no one "took" anything away. There are no rights that homosexual couples lost when prop 8 passed, except a title.

And no one said "we hate homosexuals" they just said "We aren't comfortable changing the definition of marriage".

So It makes me sad that this church bought into the propaganda.

In reality I'm not sure what difference it makes, marriage has ceased to be sacred or holy, even in the church. I'm not sure the definitions actually change or uphold anything...

Heather Nicole said...

Doesnt really look like an apology to me. I dont like it.

Kevin Davis said...

This is going to lead to another post to discuss this topic - Thanks for adding your comments.

Denise said...

i can't believe it has been 5 years since FIF broke up... i bought tickets to their last show in Denver and i didn't even get to go... ugh.

i don't know how i feel about that billboard.

just_me_tiff said...

thanks for the compliment on the picture! and yes indeed we are sisters :)
and i don't really know what to say about this billboard either, i went to their website to read their reason behind making it. i just find it all to be very sad

Matty said...

Heather, exactly right.

I waited to get over here to share thoughts mainly because I didn't really know what to say about it, but heather hit the nail on the head. I don't know how they can pretend that such a spiteful and accusatory statement qualifies as an apology.

I don't agree with their stance on the Prop 8 debate, but I think they could have done more good with a different tone to their billboard. If they really wanted to apologize they might have done it in true humility without the demonization.

Carrie said...

I don't live in California, but from what little I've heard, the whole Prop 8 campaign got really, really nasty. It is a bit embarrassing that some churches and Christian groups got behind it so strongly. It seems like such a political issue, and an explosive/divisive one at that, for churches and religious groups to support it. Great, marriage is now defined as heterosexual. The problem is, if a church lobbied for Prop 8, how many homosexuals will experience God in that church? None, duh.

N8'sSpace said...

When this happened, I really felt sad. While I will say I would feel uncomfortable if the state tried to force the church to marry homosexuals, what are we fighting for? Do we think that they will cease to be gay by not letting them marry. I really do not understand the motivation of people waking up in the morning saying "I think I am going to stop gay marriage today!"

What we deem as acceptable and unacceptable, is upsetting in so many ways. Remember it is not for us to judge. Disernment and judgement are two different words.
I think God calls for us to care for all of our sisters and brothers. Treating human beings with respect and dignity...even when we disagree.

I think the sign is .....well apologetic.

Ashley A said...

I agree with N8's Space. I look at this billboard and i say good for them. Churches have an image issue... Christians are stereotyped as judgmental, non-accepting, close minded, critical, and arrogant because of these extreme cases in which the "nasty" comes out and receives national attention. It's okay for churches, or individual members, to disagree with someone's lifestyle. However, it isn't the Church's job to tell them there lifestyle is wrong. They don't have to support it openly, but they also don't have to fight it openly either. I thought Christians were supposed to set the example for non believers ... To love everyone. To shine. To show how they are different. How is shunning a whole community exemplifying people who claim to be lead by the holy spirit? And how is that going to lead others to Christ?

If this church wants to break the mold and apologize for what the gay community is going through... good for them, maybe it will shine a different light on the Christian community.

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