Want to be relevant again, GOP?  Get with the times.

Want to be relevant again, GOP? Get with the times.

Well after reading that title and clicking on this article, you are clearly in one of two camps.  You either are saying “What?” indignantly or saying “That’s right!  Go get ‘em!”  Well, this is no endorsement of either side of this tired debate, but more a serious look at the facts, where we’re at, and what it’s going to take to get there.

The battle lines are pretty clear here.  Democrats, for the most part, have no problem with gay marriage.  Republicans, for the most part, are against it, although there does seem to be some simmering of a revolution (or is that evolution, as President Obama puts it?).  But, generally, this is how it shakes out.  So, as you might imagine, the bulk of the homosexual population, and when we say bulk, we mean, you know, all of them, are Democrats by default.  I mean, does it really make sense to be a homosexual American and vote Republican?  Not really.

Many Republicans’ stalwart opposition to gay marriage is rooted in their Christian beliefs.  As you may or may not know, the Bible and therefore God is not too high on homosexuality in general, and many Christians believe that condoning this will plunge the United States of America into some Sodom and Gomorrah-like state of disgrace that might just wind up putting us under the gun for an extermination at the hands of the Almighty.

It's a rough world out there!

It’s a rough world out there!

So what are we saying?  We are going to be quite blunt.  Hey Republicans!  Let the gays get married already!  It doesn’t matter what you do, and it doesn’t matter how hard you fight.  If you want to stay relevant, you are going to have to embrace this, act like you wanted it all along, and then try to get yourselves back in the game.  The Democratic Party has played a masterful political chess game of lining up the masses against the good ‘ole GOP.  And while Common Sense Conspiracy makes no bones about our feelings about the two-party system and what its ultimate intentions are, still, there is no reason for the two-party system to have reached this level of alienation.

If you are gay, it shouldn’t mean that you have to be a Democrat by default.  You should be able to be gay, and still think that spending money you don’t have is a generally bad idea.  You should be able to be gay, and still think that abortion seems a little rough on the babies.  You should be able to be gay and think that government is a little too big for your taste.

It is entirely possible that there are thousands of homosexuals right now in America that feel this way, but inevitably will vote Democratic because of the aforementioned battle lines.  But what if there were no battle lines, and we actually looked at things through the periscope of values and what we believed in, and things weren’t always rationed out to a single defining characteristic.

But all of that isn’t just about homosexual outlooks.  If you are not gay, but you believe there is no reason two consenting adults shouldn’t be able to marry one another and live happily ever after, should this mean that you have no option but to be a Democrat?  Should one issue be so polarizing that it forces you to choose a side?  And ironically, that issue doesn’t have any effect whatsoever on thousands of other issues that you are voting your ticket for?

So, Republicans need to take this opportunity to go gay or go home.  It’s time.  It’s going to happen, and the only question is whether we will continue to polarize the nation by topics like this while other very important issues seem to fall by the wayside.

But what about Christianity?  It’s a valid question.  If you are a Christian and a Democrat, then you have already somehow found a way to rationalize gay marriage with the Bible.  Congrats to you.  If you are a Christian and a Republican, remember that you have been ordered not to judge.  As a Christian, you are not the judge, jury, and jailor here.  God is.  So, if the homosexual community is able to get married, it will not mean that you have somehow voted to descend the nation into hell, fire, and brimstone.  By your own beliefs, every one of these homosexuals is still a child of your God and has every opportunity to seek redemption and enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a matter of course.

You don’t get to decide, of course.  That is God’s decision.  So, as a rather famous man once said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s.”

God sits on the throne of judgment, not you.  So, might as well make a go of it.  Christian Republicans can use their faith as an excuse to continue to be irrelevant, or try to get back in the game by making a play.  After all, both Republican and Democratic philosophies are not about abortion, gay marriage, or budgets.  It goes way farther than that, and it’s a shame that it has been hidden from view by polarizing issues that there is no longer a need for.

Embrace gay marriage…before it’s too late…and you can’t even get anything out of it.

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