“Take Up Thy Cross”
In the midst of so many debates about social issues today—the definition of marriage perhaps chief among them—much is made of one question: How could God condemn people merely “for being me,” as one person plaintively put it to a newspaper columnist?
Well, what are the options open to God?
What if “being me” involved robbing banks? I might enjoy money and the things it can buy, so why not just help myself to some cash? Or what if “being me” involved some other behavior that would dishonor my family?
God, on the other hand, sees things differently: there are standards, there is a “right” and a “wrong,” and we are …