Next week Californians will be asked to vote on Prop 8, a measure aimed at taking away the right of many individuals to marry the person of their choice. The video above illustrates the profound justice issue inherent in this effort by taking a "Yes on Prop 8" commercial and replacing the words "gay marriage" with "interracial marriage." Yes. There was a time not too long ago in this country when interracial marriage was illegal. And many Christians quoted the Bible in their arguments to keep things that way. Are we making a similar mistake today? Is history repeating itself? It should make some stop and think.
What an important topic to speak with our youth about -- one that has, unfortunately, almost entirely defined what the Church stands for in the eyes of much of the secular public. You might want to share this video with your youth, as well as check out some of the Prop 8-related discussion questions for teens that fellow blogger Jeremy Zach proposes at his Small Town Youth Pastor blog. These young people are future voters. Let's listen to what they have to say.