"The building in front of us is not a church. Not today. God is not dwelling in that building today. God is out here. With us."
|From: But Not For Love|
Eleanor and Ephram, sister and brother, are both getting married on the same day. And they're each getting married to a man. With protesters, policemen and a TV news crew outside the church, inside the couples are split over what their day and their ceremony should mean, to themselves or anyone else.
Patrick, Ephram's groom, agrees with Eleanor that they all need to make a statement by getting married. But Roland, Eleanor's groom, and Ephram both just want a simple ceremony and a quiet day.
Patrick has been unsuccessful in getting his conservative religious younger brother Jacob to attend the ceremony. Jacob takes his invitation to the ceremony as a call to do something else entirely...
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copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett
Emphasis shifts to JACOB in an isolated pool of light.
He has put on his uniform, a T-shirt with slogan - nothing as strident as "God Hates Fags," but "Adam & Eve, Not Adam & Steve" or something like it would be appropriate.
He holds a large rock in his hand and he speaks to the audience as if speaking to a crowd, his fellow protesters outside the church.
The sound of the protesters from before is no longer muffled or distant. It comes from behind the audience, responding to Jacob's rallying cry.
JACOB"So God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him. Male and female He created them."
This is Genesis. The beginning of the Bible. The beginning of all creation.
The building in front of us is not a church. Not today. God is not dwelling in that building today. God is out here. With us.
God created man and woman. Their bodies complement each other. When they join together, they create life. They reaffirm and continue the act of creation. They insure that human life has a future.
This is not just the Old Testament. Jesus himself recalled these and other words from Genesis when he spoke about why divorce was a sin.
"And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, 'For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? Wherefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
My parents are divorced. My brother is inside that church preparing to be married to another man.
I love my mother. I love my father. I love my brother. But they are wrong.
What is happening in that building is wrong. And it is dangerous.
"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination."
Homosexual marriage will always be wrong in the eyes of God. It does not matter if man says it is legal or not. It does not matter if clergy performs the ceremony. When God declares something to be sinful, man cannot make it right or holy, or bless it. Some definitions do not change.
"If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them."
Being happy in this world is not all we have to worry about.
He went to church, same as me. I know he understands.
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."
But in the very next verse, we are offered a second chance...
"And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."
I may not agree with my brother. I may not understand him. But I still love him. He's my family. You protect your family - even if you have to protect them from themselves.
JACOB holds up his wedding invitation.
JACOB (cont'd)When I received this invitation from my brother, I knew it was calling me - not to sit in the front pew and give him my consent. But to stand here, outside the front steps, and to call on all of you to join me.
Things have gone wrong. But our generation can put them right.
If a little kid was playing in the middle of the street and cars were coming, you would do something about it.
If someone pulled a gun --
If a tornado siren went off --
If the tide shifted and the undertow was suddenly too strong -- You would save someone if you could.
We are saving this church.
We are saving my brother.
We are saving his "lover."
Somebody needs to stop them. For their own good.
copyright 2006 by Matthew A. Everett