As one might expect, I’ve heard a lot of harsh and negative reaction to a federal court’s finding that parts of the Utah polygamy laws are unconstitutional.
Considering the consensus position of mainstream Christianity on gay rights, I at least find this reaction consistent, though not particularly impressive. Both issues rest on the same principles: individual freedom vs. the “right” to legislate life choices.
This compels me to ask, why do we need a law against polygamy (or gay marriage)?
How does polygamy (or gay marriage) violate anyone’s freedoms or rights as long as everyone in the family is consensually involved?
If people choose to live in sin, God will deal with their sin in His own way and time. Sin is sin. No one sin is better or worse than any other. We were not called to legislate righteousness. If the law could bring righteousness Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die. And if we are going to pass laws against sin, we will need to pass a few thousand and include things like greed, judgmental-ism, pride and self-righteousness — a few of the big ones that Jesus railed against most frequently.
If my neighbor on the left is in a polygamous marriage, and my neighbor on my right is in a gay marriage, am I not still free to enjoy my traditional marriage? And am I not still free to demonstrate daily God’s love to them through my own interactions with them?
Here’s a novel idea: How about we focus on our job — which is sharing God’s message of unconditional love, hope and mercy — and let God be God. He will separate the tares and wheat when the time is right.
Since there is only one judge — and it is no one of us — perhaps we should consider abdicating that role.