BY SAVANNAH RHEINHART, Editor-in-Chief
Since I can remember, I’ve always been the person to question things. Like, why did Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson get married? Or who was the stylist that made the decision to make Mitt Romney the color of a pumpkin? Lately, and maybe it’s because I worked at a steakhouse during Lent, the biggest questions I’ve been having are about religion.
I’ve taken a World Religions class, so I know better than to try and challenge the beliefs of others, no matter the logic I’m armed with. Those aren’t where my questions stem from. With the new Indiana Religious Freedom Law being passed by Gov. Mike Pence, my curiosity comes from the hypocrisy. In very laymen’s terms, the law states that business owners can choose to refuse service to anyone due to religious beliefs. Asking if this law is discrimination is a discussion for a different day, but the fact that this is an option raises more questions than it settles. The recent example I’ve seen is that a doctor chose not to treat a child of a gay couple. Using this new law as support, the doctor did not treat the child.
Now, most of us can agree that the child has no choice over who its parents are, because if that we so, I think the Bates family would’ve ended up quite differently. That being said, hypothetically, would it be legal for a CPS worker to not take a case of a child living with drug addicted parents because doing drugs is against their religion? Or what if a man was mugged on the street but he was a Satanist? Does the doctor get to choose whether or not to save his life because of his own beliefs? These questions, while the extreme of the situation, seem to allow others to “play God” and contradict many Christian teachings.
Mark 11:25 says “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you for your sins.” Now, never have, nor will I ever, claim to be an expert on interpreting the Bible, or really anything that isn’t a screenshotted text in a group message, this seems to be pretty clear to me. It’s pretty much saying “let he without sin cast the first stone”. None of us are without sin, or so the Bible says. So who are any of these people to decide that the choices of others are sinful, when they continue to sin themselves?
The most frustrating part of the hypocrisy is how easy it seems to come. A business owner can refuse to make the wedding cake for a gay couple, but he deserves understanding when it comes to light that he’s been stealing money. Or showing offense to a religious joke, but participating in pre-marital sex, drugs, pathological lying, and pretty much all of the basic rules of the Bible is somehow reasonable.
I have no negative feelings towards anyone who follow a religious doctrine. I do, however, have nothing but contempt for those who judge others, yet participate in arguably worse things and do so consistently. If the basis of Christianity is to follow only one God and allow him the only judgment, why are his followers doing the exact opposite? Maybe the second coming is headed to Indiana.