Thoughts for the evening, and a little insight into some of how my faith led me out of the Republican party.
I feel that we have a heart problem in Christian America today.
We see promiscuity and sex outside of marriage as the sin of adultery, so we have outlawed prostitution.
We view our body as holy temples, the destruction of which is sin so we have outlawed recreational use of drugs.
What is the cost of writing our morals into law?
Are we creating a better world with this forced viewpoint?
With prostitution illegal, and with the condemning attitudes towards those with different sexual lifestyles and standards from our own, we have created a black market for sexual abuse and sexual slavery.
Unable to openly explore sexuality, Unable to have a legitimate employer/employee relationship…
We condemn sex workers to a life of underground abuse and slavery.
On top of this, we see those kidnapped and forced into the lifestyle as irredeemable no different from those who chose it.
With drug use illegal, and with the condemning attitudes towards those individuals trapped in the vice of substance abuse, we have created a black market for drugs and violence.
Unable to seek help from addiction, Unable to find a safe place…
We condemn these individuals with drug charges rather than provide them with help.
If we were to open our minds and hearts to these individuals as fellow human beings instead of surface scanning and condemning them as a group of sinners, we could truly make a difference.
If prostitution were legalized, taxed, and regulated, it would be MUCH more difficult to get away with human trafficking.
If prostitution were legalized, taxed, and regulated, it would be no different from any other Job where one could quit and leave whenever they desired.
If prostitution were legalized, taxed, and regulated, there would be a significant decrease in the transmission of sexual diseases.
If drug production and use were legalized, taxed, and regulated, there would be no fear of repercussions and more abusers would seek the help they need.
If drug production and use were legalized, taxed, and regulated, there would be no more shady back ally drug deals ending violence over “turff” and “product”.
If drug production and use were legalized, taxed, and regulated, there would be a significant decrease in overdose rates and AIDS being spread trough dirty drug practices.
If drug production and use were legalized, taxed, and regulated, there would be a significant decrease in illegal traffic over international boarders.
What is the obvious Christian answer to these situations?
1.) Condemn and Criminalize prostitution and drug use, guaranteeing the dark underbelly of abuse, slavery, shame, guilt, and imprisonment we see today.
2.) Legalizing, taxing, and regulating prostitution and drug use, guaranteeing a safe outlet for those who differ from our own personal philosophies, and being ready and willing to aid those seeking help in walking away from these lifestyles?
The first option seems to be the one taken by the legalistic Pharisees in the time of Christ.
The second option seems to be one Christ himself took.
Jesus met with prostitutes and street urchins where they were.
Jesus embodied Love. Jesus spread Joy and Peace. Jesus permeated Patience. Jesus embodied Kindness and Goodness Jesus was the perfect example of Faithfulness Jesus commanded Gentleness and Self Control.
Now let’s look to the so called leaders of our “Christian Nation” in both the Democratic and GOP.
We see Hatred for other races, genders, and sexuality
We see Misery and Warmongering
We see Hasty presumptions We see Cruelty and Wrongdoing
We see Dishonesty and Disregard for life
We see Aggression and Greed
If we take Jesus at his word when he said, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25
Then why are we purposefully setting up our society in order for so many to fail?
“Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.” Romans 14
Thank you for listening to my thoughts.
Have a blessed and inspired week all of you.