In his Viewpoint (TNT, 5-20), the Rev. Donald Heinz takes to task the majority of readers who believe strongly in marriage as a heterosexual union. He urges readers to reject support for Referendum 74, which petitions Washingtonians to place the same-sex marriage issue on the November ballot.
While I applaud the passion of this pastor, I must question the rationale. He is confusing the person with the behavior. He cites the Roman Catholic Church as leading Referendum 74. The Roman Catholic Church is not homophobic; it embraces all of God’s children. The church questions the use of the word “marriage” as one which is being redefined as including homosexual unions.
Marriage, in biblical literature, defines one man and one woman which can perpetuate mankind. Homosexual unions cannot do so. They (the homosexual community) have pushed their agenda to include the word “marriage” as a method to somehow authenticate their lifestyles in the public eye. This is offensive to those of us who revere the definition of the issue of “marriage” as a heterosexual union.
Let’s all work to separate action from people. All of us are God’s children. Bad (or sinful) behavior is not acceptable under any circumstances. We can judge bad behavior but not the sinner, whom we are called to love.