How To Be The Most Hated Person In A Room!
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How To Be The Most Hated Person In A Room!

Are You a Bigot, Homophobic or Un-Christian?

by Fr. David Endres:  We live in a strange world. The easiest way to become the most hated person in a room is to even hint at the possibility that you might favor a Biblical understanding of marriage and family life. For automatically you are called backwards, a bigot, homophobic, maybe even un-Christian.



Our culture is uncritically accepting “same sex marriage” and those that hesitate to support it are afraid to say anything. We don’t want to offend or seem too radical. And when we don’t say anything, when even the Church and its priests and parishioners are quiet on this issue, we lose an opportunity to teach others about God’s plan for marriage, and family, and ultimately His plan for human happiness.



I ask you to consider a few points on the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life:



The Church respects everyone – every human being is a child of God made in His image. We are all sinners; we are all frail; we all have struggles to overcome. And yet we are all made for eternal life with God. The Church believes this about everyone.


Marriage is from God; after all it’s a sacrament. When God created human persons in his own image and likeness, he created them as male and female, and placed within them a desire to love and to give themselves totally to another person.


None of us – not a country, not a state, not a mayor – have the right to redefine marriage. A true marriage, even between a man and a woman, must involve fidelity, freedom, and openness to children. It’s the very first commandment in the Bible: “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28).


Certainly not all human relationships, as good as they can be, are on par with marriage. The word “marriage” isn’t simply a label that can be attached to different types of human relationships.


Our differences matter; men are different from women and women are different from men. It affects a person at every level of his or her existence: genetically, biologically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially.


But as different as we are, there is a complementarity there.  Whether we are created male or female is an essential part of being human. Gender is not an afterthought or a mere social construct. It’s how we are made and it’s the reason man and woman can truly become “one flesh” as it says in the Book of Genesis (2:24).



The unity of husband and wife is so intimate that from it can come a “third,” or a “fourth” or a “fifth” – children, new lives. No other relationship, no matter how loving or committed, have this unique form of communion that brings forth new life.


So why does the Church care about this?

Why should we care?  Because marriage and family is a fundamental good and necessary for our society to flourish. Marriage affects everyone. It is never just a “private” issue; it has public significance and public consequences. Redefining marriage is really a proposal to redefine society, and to redefine the human person itself.



We believe that we don’t have the right to redefine what God has already taught us. Jesus reminds us, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).



No matter what opinion polls show, or what federal, state, and local governments decide, marriage can’t be redefined because marriage is of divine origin, a beautiful covenant witnessed to in the Scriptures, celebrated as a sacrament, and a bond which now must be protected by the Church’s members.



For more information, see http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/



Are you willing to be the most hated person in the room?  Will you stand with the bible, the Church and God?  If so, than please share with friends or family.

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:chleader: count me in.
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What an honor to be hated for the sake of the Lord Jesus! I am not worthy of it.
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I got called a closed-minded bigot at work today.  :LOL: 
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What an honor you took for Jesus Jen :salute:
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(08-23-2012, 06:43 PM)salus Wrote: What an honor you took for Jesus Jen :salute:

Yes, indeed. :) It used to really upset me- people lashing out at my staunch beliefs, but anymore it usually tends to slide right off my shoulders after offering it up.
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So true.  Look at the founder of Chick Fil-A, "I support the Biblical definition of marriage" became an angry firestorm due to people of a quite liberal persuasion.  When expressing on Facebook that I didn't understand why him not changing his views was news, I started being called a bigot, a homophobe, and received multiple e-mails threatening me professionally about my "obvious homophobic hatred" being "unwelcome in the field".
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I just argued against homosexual marriage, gay adoptions and how divorce is actually a grave evil on society today with a non believer friend of mine today. Funny as it sounds other then her believing that kids are better off with so called loving gay parents than in the foster care system she agrees with me on the evils of homosexuality in general. With certain people the natural law argument seems to work. The problem is that today in many places there are a lot of folks who simply do not want to have a civil argument. They will just call you names and shout you down. As Louis Veuillot said almost a hundred and fifty years ago basically modern man has killed Reason itself and wants nothing to do with it. Even so, some people will still listen.
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(08-23-2012, 06:56 PM)formerbuddhist Wrote: With certain people the natural law argument seems to work.

Yes. It's true. With certain thoughtful individuals it does work. However, I've never won anyone over with the natural law argument who was actually participating in the sin, i.e. homosexuality, multiple divorces, etc.  The ones most likely to listen are the ones who aren't/haven't done what is being argued against. If they have/are doing it, it usually gets very personal and pride gets in the way of reasonable thought.

Just the other day at work, I was debating against the "try it before you buy it" concept. My supervisor was saying that she encourages her daughters to sleep with their boyfriends (but only when they feel like "they are ready"), before they consider marrying that man. Afterall, they may not be compatible in the bedroom.  :eyeroll:  The conversation turned to chastity and the merits of virginity as I began to speak up (they were standing right in front of my workstation, it was hard to ignore). I found it no coincidence that the women I was debating with all had children with multiple men and complain day in and day out about how terrible men are, blah blah blah. It seemed obvious to me that their concept of "try before you buy" wasn't working out well for them. Common sense should tell them that. They wouldn't hear it, though.

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(08-23-2012, 08:21 PM)jen51 Wrote:
(08-23-2012, 06:56 PM)formerbuddhist Wrote: With certain people the natural law argument seems to work.

Yes. It's true. With certain thoughtful individuals it does work. However, I've never won anyone over with the natural law argument who was actually participating in the sin, i.e. homosexuality, multiple divorces, etc.  The ones most likely to listen are the ones who aren't/haven't done what is being argued against. If they have/are doing it, it usually gets very personal and pride gets in the way of reasonable thought.

Just the other day at work, I was debating against the "try it before you buy it" concept. My supervisor was saying that she encourages her daughters to sleep with their boyfriends (but only when they feel like "they are ready"), before they consider marrying that man. Afterall, they may not be compatible in the bedroom.  :eyeroll:  The conversation turned to chastity and the merits of virginity as I began to speak up (they were standing right in front of my workstation, it was hard to ignore). I found it no coincidence that the women I was debating with all had children with multiple men and complain day in and day out about how terrible men are, blah blah blah. It seemed obvious to me that their concept of "try before you buy" wasn't working out well for them. Common sense should tell them that. They wouldn't hear it, though.

Very good point Jen. The pride thing really does get in the way. The friend I was talking to doesn't have any "skin in the game" as they say when it comes to divorce, homosexual marriage etc. so there isn't any pride there. You are right that when someone is ensnared in some sin the natural law argument doesn't work. I think in a way it does prick at their conscience which is why they get feisty and beligerent though; they know that what they are doing is wrong but pride stands in the way. I like to think that maybe even if they seem combative or unreceptive to your arguments you still plant a seed, even if that seed doesn't break out of the sin baked soil of their souls for decades even. As the late Father John Hardon used to say, we are "channels of grace" and that the normal means God uses to bring grace to others is through people, through our own prayers and words and example.

That "try before you buy" thing sounds awful. It shows just how sex obsessed this culture has become, as if compatibility in the bedroom is almost of supreme importance in a relationship.
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