Jon mentioned earlier this week that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) were in south Georgia stumping for their respective candidacies. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the recognition of gay marriages was a hot topic. I believe “tragic” and “radical” were used in their campaign rhetoric according to the Political Insider article.
From a personal belief, I don’t agree with gay marriage, but in terms of the “up and coming” new generation (yes, Millennials) in politics, gay marriage is becoming acceptable from a societal standpoint. Pew Research, in fact, conducted a poll last March saying that 61% of young Republicans (aged 18 to 29) are accepting of gay marriage. That’s a big percentage.
I know, I’ll have folks commenting about how the Millennial generation is the most unreliable voting bloc….which may be true, but if we are trying to “reach out to young people”, then perhaps we should tone down the rhetoric of how America will fall apart because two men or two women can get married in the eyes of the government and society. I’ve seen a mixture of posts on my own Facebook feed concerning this SCOTUS ruling. Surprisingly, or maybe not, there was a large mixture of my Republican friends applauding the SCOTUS ruling and those who were against it.
I believe the best way to navigate these waters is to advocate the freedom of congregations and pastors to not perform wedding ceremonies. After all, I’m willing to bet that there will be a number of people who get their Internet ordination to perform weddings. I don’t believe that First Baptist, First Presbyterian, or any other church should be forced or coerced by government to violate their own beliefs. Of course, those same congregations should see this as a great time for harvest. A time to be loving and share the Gospel.
Governor Huckabee and Senator Cruz are looking for a fast path to the nomination, and there are a lot of votes that still remain within Evangelical voting bloc. They, as well as other GOP Presidential hopefuls, look to be the moral standard bearer, but there are other ways to uphold their beliefs without alienating those who may not see eye-to-eye…especially when those votes will matter come November 2016. But haven’t we said this again and again?
I can only hope that our eventual nominee has the ability to tell it like it is as well as the optimism for our future. “Everything is awful” with no substance on how to make things better will only cause us to strike out for a third time.