Many men often come to a point in life where they are begged to learn or unlearn. This point is the precipice of a denouement of sorts; of a becoming or of a realization. When we come to this point, we either accept or deny the truth that we find. This is the sphere of crossroads.
When any human being is confronted and forced to review their personal dogma, many things happen. No man welcomes this review. Though some accept it, this review is often unwelcome as it is too personal an issue to be disregarded. This is especially true when regarding spiritual dogma. If the tenet of belief is challenged, one will find any phrase or quotation to prove his point. Most often this is done in denial, when a simple truth has been brought forward.
When confronted with a spiritual or dogmatic crossroads, a man first holds fast to his beliefs. He then thinks and challenges the new thought. He finds any reason to not accept it, while simultaneously knowing that he could easily be wrong. He then moves into the sphere of crossroads and is confronted by the face of truth. He can only accept truth and change, or deny truth and remain stagnant in growth.
We often see this scenario play out in the cultural customs that we have been used to for the past 2,000 years. When these customs are challenged or begin to shift, this causes a rift within the society and within the self.
The issue of homosexual relationships is a prime example of this crossroads. Does one accept it and move on? Or, does one deny this and hold fast to Biblical scripture? It is often the later; especially when the issue of gay marriage is brought forth. Of course, naturally a man and a woman fit together neatly. This is how we produce offspring. But, for states and politicians to institute law and constitutional limitations on a gay couple to be united in union is not fair, nor wise.
All men and women are born with the same ability to know of love and freedom. We are all born with rights to live our lives without interference so long as we have respect for others and for the law. To deny one person the right to be united in marriage based on his sexual orientation is pure discrimination; just the same as when women were not allowed to vote, own land or even speak to a man other than her husband in some communities; just the same as denying an African American the right to vote or own land or to be considered “free.”
We should all take a deep look within the sphere of crossroads. Sometimes, a shift in culture is exactly what is needed to bring society closer together. The written words and old dogmas of yesterday often become irrelevant as time progresses. If we are wise we will understand that tolerance and empathy are tools that bring diversity into unity.
If there is one passage in Biblical scripture that we could deem to be essentially timeless is the phrase “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.” This is absolute. No matter your personal dogma, or what you deem to be “right” or not; others also have the right to live their lives and try to be happy, just like you.. Compassion for all creatures and all neighbors should be cultivated.