And so it is generally recognized that if your friend who has been drinking wants to get behind the wheel and exercise his freedom to drive, that you, as a friend, will stop him for his greater good and the good of the community.
So with that in mind, let's think about President Obama's recent interview announcing he personally supports so-called "gay marriage."
Here is a portion of the May 9, 2012 transcript of his interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News:
"And-- you know, I-- you know-- you know, we-- we're both-- practicing Christians. And-- and obviously-- this position may be considered to put as at odds with-- the views of-- of others. But-- you know, when we think about our faith, the-- the thing-- you know, at-- at root that we think about is not only-- Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf-- but it's also the golden rule, you know? Treat others the way you'd want to be treated. And-- and I think that's what we try to impart to our kids. And-- that's what motivates me as president. And-- I figure the more consistent I can be-- in being true-- to-- to those precepts-- the better I'll be as a dad and a husband, and-- hopefully the better I'll be as a president."
So first the President says he and his wife are "both practicing Christians." He then says he has based is position on the Golden Rule which is "do unto to others as you would have others do unto you. (Matt 7:12)"
But the Golden Rule does NOT support so-called gay marriage and here's why.
If someone wants what is best for another, he is never going to allow or encourage that person to act out in a way that hurts himself, others and the community. Friends don't let friends drive drunk, right?
Every person is created in the image and likeness of God and because God made us, we all long for authentic love. Love always wants what is best for the other, as other.
God perfectly designed men and women in different, equal and complimentary ways. He created them as such so that they could pro-create and enjoy a life long exclusive relationship. God created the Marital Act to be both unitive and procreative. And in a true marriage, every act must be both.
The Catholic Church has always taught that sexual relations that are not both unitive and procreative as well as all sexual relations outside of marriage are not authentic love, in fact they are grave sin. This is true for heterosexuals and homosexuals alike. All are called to live chastely. If the sexual act is not unitive, it is rape, if it is not open to life it is homosexual or contraceptive.
And so, if we really want to follow the golden rule, we want to help all our friends find authentic love, as well as have them help us with the same. We should "do unto them" in a kind, gentle, and loving way, just as we would want them to "do unto us", sharing the truth about what is for our best. If our friends are in a sinful lifestyle, we need to counsel them to live a pure live in accordance with the gospel, with the help of the sacraments and grace. We would never say, let's legalize the situation that contributes to your decline. This is true for our friends that are engaging in homosexual acts, and our friends engaging in heterosexual acts; those who co-habitate, have affairs, and contracept.
But Jesus never told a sinner to keep on sinning. He loved the person in sin, but hated the sin. So too should we. And especially in the Catholic Church you will you find a group of people who love others very much, but not the sins in which they may be.
Fr. Michael Schmitz recently released a talk titled "From Love, By Love and For Love." He explains, much better than I, the dignity of every person and why contraception and same sex attraction offend that dignity. He talks with compassion and humor about the yearnings for authentic love that is shared by all people who made in the image and likeness of God. CLICK HERE TO GET A CD OR DOWNLOAD. This talk is a "must-listen to" for anyone seeking love and understanding and to love and to understand.
Certainly this is a difficult topic to articulate as Christians are now called "narrow-minded" "hate-mongers" and worse. But we MUST articulate, and NOW because 'friends don't let friends drive drunk.'