Happy Unions

An excerpt from the fictional tales of The Wandering Monk.

To the religious amongst us I ask: are we not spirit wrapped in flesh? Then is marriage not the union of two souls? Then what is the religious controversy over same-gender marriage?

Those with a religious perspective cannot on one hand esteem the spirit and on the other reject it. If anything, same-gender marriage shows the power of spirit over flesh, that despite physical and social obstacles, two souls are willing to struggle to live as one.

The travesty therefore, is not this sacred union, but the divisive disgust shown toward fellow beings. And for what reason? To express smug satisfaction while declaring oneself more righteous than his neighbor?

If God has issue, let Him judge. To condemn others for mutual acts of love is inhumane. It is to invalidate their human experience. We are on Earth for but a short while, let us endeavor to support one another’s aspirations, not destroy them.

As was said: Judge not, lest you be judged by the same standard — a hypocrite is one that judges the imperfections of others while he himself falls short of perfection.

As was also said: I was hungry and you gave me no food. I was thirsty and you gave me no drink. I was a stranger and you gave me no welcome. I was without even clothes and you gave me nothing. I was sick and you gave me no care. I was imprisoned and you gave me no solace. Then they will say, Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, as a stranger, unclothed, sick, or imprisoned? Then He will answer them, saying: Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you gave not to the least of my brethren, you gave not to me. And these hard-hearted will go into everlasting punishment while the givers go into eternal life.

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