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Jesus Without The Junk: Narrow is the Gate

By: Molly Painter

By Katie Altobellis
Recently, my spirit has been grieved over the decision by the Supreme Court regarding DOMA.  Then when I read reactions from clergy who applaud the decision and criticize others who oppose the ruling as not treating others with fairness and equality, it grieves me even more. 
One said those upset by this newest ruling need to reread Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to get clarity about what He said about homosexuality. 
She compared the “conventional wisdom” the Justices’ used in their ruling to the same wisdom our Lord used on an everyday basis.  Hum…Something is being misconstrued and misinterpreted by the clergy and they are passing these false interpretations on to others. I believe Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to be the most important He ever gave and it is no wonder He preached it early in His ministry.  It addresses multiple components about Godly living and then going further, He instructs on how to accomplish the same.  And let it be noted, His teachings in this Sermon were all on morality. For our purposes in this writing, I want to address what He said in this Sermon about entering through the narrow gate.  He said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction…”  Simplistically interpreted, He was saying that we cannot expect to enter into Heaven by doing anything that pleases us. If someone wants to go the way of the world and cave into social pressures, wide then is your gate. 
Clergy and others who call themselves following Christ cannot talk out of both sides of their mouth.  You either believe the Word of God and its authority or you don’t.  It is not hateful for someone to oppose gay marriage and it has nothing to do with being fair or not.  God is clear on homosexuality in His Word. One last thing…in this Sermon Jesus follows up about entering by way of the narrow gate with telling followers to “Beware of false prophets…” 
Those who teach and preach to you that He is okay with same-sex marriages are deceiving you.