Letter to the editor: Kriz’s column ignores New Testament

In regard to the opinion in the Sept. 26 WKU Herald:

Miss Kriz stated that all of Christianity’s supposed opposition to gay marriage hinged on one verse from Leviticus. Miss Kriz stated she had “given this topic some thought.” Perhaps, but how much thought was painfully obvious. First, allow me to expand your biblical references, Miss Kriz. The following verses deal with the issue: 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10, Leviticus 20:13, 1 Corinthians 7:2, Jude 1:7, Mark 10:6-9, Genesis 19:1-38, Hebrews 13:1-25, 1 Kings 14:24, Judges 19:22 and lastly, the passage I would like to direct Miss Kriz’s attention to, Romans 1:26-28.

Miss Kriz, you are correct that marriage predates Christianity. I am so glad you brought it out in your article because that is a crucial point. Marriage goes back to the beginning. Marriage was the first institution established by God. It is the building block of society.

I suggest that you take the time to look at both ancient history as well as recent history. You mentioned Jacob having multiple wives. Correct again. However, should you read the Bible, you would see that in Genesis 2:24, God ordained and established marriage. This was not the “norm” — it was disobedience to God and what He had established. Jacob, his family and everyone since then who has disobeyed God’s law has suffered the consequences.

Men and women, Miss Kriz, are sinful. We are born with a sinful, rebellious nature. Do you know any 2-year-olds? If so, you will be able to observe this fact. God’s plan, His best, is marriage between one man and one woman. The Bible gives testimony to countless families that suffered great consequences and heartache because they married multiple wives or divorced. Perhaps you or someone you know has been the child caught in the divorce of parents. The pain and wounds can last a lifetime. Is it any wonder that God says He hates divorce?

You also said that it was “misplaced judgment” and that gay marriage would not affect the lives of others. Miss Kriz, I strongly encourage you to look at the history of Rome. Marriage is the foundation of society and has been since Genesis 2. When marriage is destroyed, society crumbles and history testifies of this.

And now, lastly, I would like to turn your attention to Romans 1:21-24: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him and give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore, God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason, God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own person the due penalty for their error.”

Christians are not judging homosexuals. According to Romans 1, homosexuality itself is a judgment. God loves them and I do to. I do not hate smokers, but I certainly hate the lung cancer and emphysema that it can cause. I do not hate homosexuals, but I hate the disease and loss of life that homosexuality brings.

Perhaps you could research and see that statistics show that homosexuals do not live as long as heterosexuals. Another study I suggest is the difference in the make-up of the female vaginal tissue in comparison with rectal mucosa. Creation itself cries out the Truth.

Miss Kriz, like it or not, you and I are the creatures, the ones who were created by a God who loves you so much that He gave His life for you. I do not hate homosexuals, nor would I insist that they live up to God’s standards. They, like you and I, have been given a choice. The issue of marriage, however, is a societal issue, the most crucial I might add, because it is foundational. If you remove a building’s foundation, it will crumble. Society is no different.

The fact that you see those who oppose gay marriage as among the “older” and apparently in your opinion, less wise and informed than yourself, reveals you need to give some more thought to why God established marriage. Perhaps those of us who are older have had more time to give thought to this issue.

Marriage was established to provide a loving, healthy, safe environment to raise godly offspring. Homosexuals have a problem when it comes to marriage, the proverbial elephant in the room, if you will. Miss Kriz, even nature, the “natural” as Romans 1 refers to it, will prove this point. Two men or two women cannot procreate because it is quite obviously unnatural.

The Bible says that the end of days will be like the days of Lot. What were those days like? Well, the homosexuals were so militant that even when they were blinded, they continued to beat on the door to get to the guests that Lot had in his home to have homosexual relations with them.

Homosexuals are not looking for tolerance. They are demanding acceptance. Like the days of Lot, homosexuals are beating down the door of our society militantly. If you would like to see how that turned out, I suggest you read in Genesis 19.

You are correct about Christians focusing in on certain sins, and I find that tragic. However, the issue of gay marriage is not about personal sin. Rather, it is about the future stability of society. Like it or not, Miss Kriz, regardless of our ever-changing opinions, there is only one that will matter in the end. Our opinions don’t change the Truth that cries out all around us.

-Jill Hanes

Bowling Green alumnus