Editor’s Note: The Brunswick County Commissioners are considering a resolution in favor of the proposed amendment to North Carolina’s state constitution about marriage between a man and woman. Their meeting is tonight, March 5.
By Contributor Bo Dean
What is most stunning for a person of faith about the Brunswick County Commissioners voting on a resolution about the proposed marriage amendment being put to the people on May 8 for a vote, is they are potentially placing the issue on the consent agenda.
For those of you who do not know what that is, a consent agenda is a working body that is basically decided on before the meeting takes place.
While individual board members can pull an item, most often, it is agreed upon at an agenda briefing that these issues have been vetted.
These commissioners are voting on the civil rights of citizens, and here they are even thinking this is a matter not in need of public discussion.
It is, potentially, a done deal. The lives of those they serve have no meaning in such a proposal.
It is extremism. It is an arrogance with a force of will that finds no foundation in the teachings of a loving Christ or a Christ-centered community.
Yet, this resolution exists as a potential for happening and most grotesquely, its justification comes from erroneous understandings. It is the blurring of the lines between what we do as people of faith and what we do in our secular commitments and the imposition of our beliefs on others.
Ironically,we fight this same imposition so strongly with extremists here and abroad. This resolution disposes of care for difference, for understanding and for sharing our world. And most vile of all, it is done in the name of God. Shame.