Reading articles this week I have been brought about to see the decline of the church in American will recover and swing back into being the way America once was. Society join and leave organizations like a pendulum. It swings back and forth due to the extremes society takes with its decisions. For example, the Supreme Court Case ruling for same sex couples. The performance of a sacrament ordained by God cannot be modified despite what the court rules. Church sacraments are not given or defined by the government. Now that being said. If individuals want to marry and share in the benefits of marriage they now have the opportunity through the courts.
This has set up a two way system to get married. How is that a bad thing? However, I cannot condone living in sin. In the framework of the church and its teachings as long as one lives in continual sin they are themselves denying themselves the sacraments. This is not just gays but heterosexual couples that live together and engage in relations before being married. They also deny themselves the sacraments by living in sin. Once individuals quit living in continual sin then they allow themselves to receive the sacraments. Many Christians have focused solely on the sacrament of marriage. They focused on the fact they are gay. What the Supreme Court did was not harm the church; it provided a group of individuals who are often not accepted by the Christian Church due to their act of repeating sin an opportunity to share in struggles, joy, and legal struggles in divorce those married in the Church have.
My first marriage was through the court and well there was a reason it was called a first marriage. It was all kinds of ways wrong. My current husband and I were married in a Church this time. It was my first time being at a wedding in a church. I was excited and something about this time along with the support of my Church family this time it is going to work for both of us. The courts do not provide a support structure. Only the Church can provide that. However, in order to be married in the Church one must follows the rules of the Church. So congratulations my gay friends who know can share in matrimony. I hope you have better luck than I did in the court system when you get married than I did.
It has been almost two weeks since I have written. I apologize for my absence. I been lacking the inspiration to write in the blog format. I been busy working on my dissertation and getting article summaries completed. Today I ventured out again on Pandora trying to create a new station. I found an amazing soulful artist named Misty Edwards. Believe it or not my husband found her and I have like I normally do go head first and bought three cds of hers. Now I purchased them on smile.amazon.com which I donate part of my purchase to the Diabetic alert dogs which is an amazing program. I am hoping at some point I can get one of those dogs. The fear I go through going to sleep, driving in the dark, and being inside the office by myself with my coworkers. Fear is not rational but the fact is that diabetes happens. It has been happening unfortunately since I was five years old. I pray for a dog and for a cure. Someday I know God will answer my prayer. If one less parent has to worry when they drop their children off in college not knowing if it will be there last time because their child falls into a coma due to blood sugar issues then it will have all been worth it.
Till next time. Light a candle in your Church for the Nation and Church.
For the Mission of the Church
O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after thee and find thee, bring the nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
For the Nation
Lord God Almighty, who hast made all the peoples of the earth for thy glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with thy gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, kindle, we beseech thee, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with thy wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility thy dominion may increase till the earth is filled with the knowledge of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen