Saturday, August 30, 2008
79 Trombones... I mean Houses
Today after working out I went to walk the neighborhoods again in support of YES on Proposition 8 Protect Marriage. This time I walked with the dynamic Kim and Todd. They are a couple that is genuine and real. I like that. It was their second week walking too.
We hit 79 houses. It was awesome.
As we talked with people, it became clear that many people haven't studied Proposition 8's ramifications.
If Proposition 8 doesn't pass - we are in for massive litigation against churches. We will have professions choosing to lose credentials, or choosing to advocate for a lifestyle they don't agree with. We will see adoption agencies run by religious organizations close, because they won't be able to fight in the courts to provide homes for children. We'll find good teachers who will have to choose between reading a book advocating a lifestyle to young kids, and the desire not to compromise their beliefs. In effect - they will be forced to teach children a lifestyle. This shouldn't be happening in our country, period. We will begin to see a disappearance of a country founded on religious freedom.
After explaining the ramifications of not protecting marriage, mny people realized that the YES vote for Proposition 8 isn't a whim - it's a necessity.
In California - we all have equal rights to everything - tearing apart the definition of marriage is not necessary, and worse is detrimental to our society, our governmental process, our children and families.
I understand it's a sensitive issue for many of us who have loved ones who are gay. I guess I distill the issue down to - if you have a loved one who is addicted to alcohol or drugs - will you lower the age of drinking? Will you legalize drugs? I know the issue is more complicated than that - but that's how I'm looking at it - the big picture. What is the best for this country?
As a member of the LDS Church I'm doing my part in this election coming up in November, not only because I believe in it - but because as a member of the Church I believe in a Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I find it a small thing to do because as a member of the Church I have been formally asked to do all I can to support this measure. So it was disappointing to hear that there are congregations in the Bay Area where the Stake President or Bishop are heartily ignoring the letter from the Prophet.
If we can't hearken to the little things... what happens when something really, truly big comes along. Will we be like Lehi who when counseled directly by the Lord to take his family into the wilderness to find the promise land... obeyed, or will we pick and choose the things we want to do, and then murmur and sabotage what our leaders have asked us?
Nephi, Lehi's son was asked to do some hard things. He didn't understand them completely. He didn't have to constantly ask for affirmation - instead he relied on something greater... Faith. I think in times like these - we need to ask ourselves, where is our Faith? Will we exercise it? Will we show who's side we're on?
I know I'm not perfect ... I have many issues. But when something is so cut and dry as a direct letter from our Prophet, we sustain... I will go, I will do... and I will put my heart and soul into it. I hope you do too.
Kim kept saying this great quote: "If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything."
VOTE YES on PROPOSITION 8.