Let us first look at the definition of discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things. The Bible in no way condones or promotes discrimination, as the rule of Christ is love (Galatians 5:6) and to not judge others unfairly (Matthew 7:1-2). Anyone who uses their belief in the Bible to discriminate any people groups violate the very principles for which it stands.
With that being said, the Bible is written with specific instruction to those who desire to follow it as truth. These instructions are not always in harmony with what is acceptable in society, which is where conflicts can arise.
The topic of marriage equality is one of the most highly debated topics at this point in time. Many have attacked those who prescribe to a strict adherence to the Bible as an act of discrimination, as biblical beliefs often go against certain lifestyle choices. However, these attacks are often their own form of discrimination against those who prescribe to the biblical model of a family.
A free, democratic society allows for anyone to follow the convictions of their own conscience. This includes following the teachings of the Bible as well as following any other path of one’s choosing. While a Christian may not agree with a lifestyle choice, their disagreement is not discrimination. Just as someone who is an atheist is not discriminating against a religious person simply because they have differing views.
The New Testament teachings of Jesus are in harmony with the idea of a separation of church and state (Luke 20:25). Jesus did not call for His followers to be active in legislation or political affairs. He simply called them to deny their selfish ways and follow Him (Matthew 16:24).
God calls His people to come reason together ( Isaiah 1:18). It would do our society good for us to come and reason together. It is possible to understand each others views and agree to disagree in a respectful, loving manner. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18).
In His service,
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