What happens when you suddenly realize that the church you've always trusted, and believed in, is wrong?
by David Davila (playwright / songwriter)
"The Church," or rather, the many religions that are adamant in insisting that being gay is a mortal sin, are right when they profess that gay marriage is bad for the church.
It is very, very bad for "the church," - just not in the way they think.
Over the last two decades people have awoken to the realization that gay people are everywhere, and they did not choose to be born as gay people. No, the openly gay people of the world did not choose to be gay, but they did choose to make their voices heard and no longer live in shame of who they were.
Every day more and more straight people see that not giving their friends and family equal rights is just wrong. People are examining their moral compasses and asking themselves what's right and wrong; what's good and what's bad. The problem for the church is that more and more people's moral compasses are telling them that there is nothing wrong with being gay. They're realizing that it's plain old mean to treat gay people differently.
And "The Church" treats gay people very differently... not good.
When someone examines their moral compass and finds that the church is on the wrong side of good vs. evil, the psychological and intellectual internal arguments that follow do not fair well for organized religion. We're smart enough these days to understand that believing in God takes a whole lot of faith. To know so many secrets of the galaxy, of physics, and biology, and to still believe in a God is quite a miracle in of itself.
Asking the members of the church to go against what they know in their hearts is right, only leads people to think that the church itself is bad. I know, because it happened to me...