TheRole of the Church
TheRole of the Church
Sincethe historical time, the church has been part of the communityplaying different roles such as preaching the gospel, educatingpeople as well as connecting people and the state. Since theapostolic age (period), Christianity has grown to become one of thewidely spreading religions globally, with the church playing the keyrole towards its spread to all the corners of the world. By the 3rdcentury ad., Christianity had become a dominant force or religion inthe Mediterranean world. From this region, Christianity through thechurch gained expansion to the east and west of the region and henceto the entire world (Eusebius,Williamson & Louth, 1989).
Therole of the church has continually evolved to being a major linkbetween the state, the laws and the society. Through the churchteaching, the church has taken definite positions with reference todifferent aspects that affect the society. In addition to peoplesource of spiritual and church teachings, the church has also takenpositions on certain matters. The issue of racism and same sexmarriage has overtime remained contentious issues in the community inthe past and today. The church has had to take a definite stand withregard to the issues, and in turn playing a key role towards thereaction to the issues in the community. This paper will be a focuson the role of the church with regard to the new racism and same sexmarriage laws.
Today,the state and the society have become integral part of every society.This in turn leads to the idea that, every society which honors theaspect of human rights has a role for both the church and the state.Over the past centuries, Christianity has depicted numerousillustrations of the church and the state relations. The church haslived with or along every form of the civil governments that has beenin place or known to man. Governments and nations come and go, butthe church has over time remained maintaining the same hierarchicalorder, some doctrine on morals and faith among other church aspectsthat has over time been maintained. In the modern society, the issueof racism and same sex marriage had led to diverse views as dividedopinion from the society, and the key social institutions such as thechurch, the human rights.
Inthe modern society, different laws have been passed with regard tothe issue of same sex marriage. More recently, the US Supreme Courtmade a ruling indicating that, all the United States should issuelicenses to the same sex couples. Same sex marriage has over timebrought along divided views and positions in regard to this issue. Inaddition, the church has also been involved in the fight againstracism among the communities (Sherkat, de Vries, & Creek, 2010).
Thechurch and the state should be allowed to work together, however,each has key roles towards racism and same sex marriage in thesociety, and the church should be allowed to exercise its powerstowards the issue.
Roleof the Church Dealing With New Law of Same Sex Marriage
Thenew same sex marriage laws as passed by the Supreme Court to becomethe laws of the land will eventually bring out legal issues from thechurches and bible is confessing churches globally. This is due tothe fact, it will be only be a matter of time before politicians, andjudges among other activists legally start forcing pastors and thechurches at large to perform gay marriage weddings. This in one waywill be seen and interpreted by the law as discrimination which willbe regarded at the same level as violation of human rights such asracism (Oppenheimer,Oliveira & Blumenthal, 2014).
Oneof the major roles that have over time been played by the church isbeing a unifying factor. The state has been on the forefront tinmaking laws, despite the difference that may come along or betweenpeople with reference to any law passed, the church remains thecommon place where all the people come together regardless of theirposition with reference to the state laws. With the enactment of newsame sex marriage laws, the church should maintain its primary roleof bringing people together through the preaching of the gospel, andpeace among people in the society. The church should promote peacedespite the divided stand with the state with regard to the same sexmarriage (Oppenheimer, Oliveira & Blumenthal, 2014).
Thechurch has been over time against the same sex marriage however,with the enactment of the law by the Supreme Court of the UnitedStates, the church would be required to preach the gospel of peacewithin the society, to respect the few minorities who are in the samesex marriage. The church cannot make the issue an abstract politicalissue, but rather the church leaders has to theologically teach thecongregation. The role of the church should remain the urge to teachthe values of traditional marriage in addition to teaching the aspectof holistic and consistent biblical ethnic of sexuality and family toevery person. In a nutshell, the church should avoid creating anyboundary between people who chooses to adopt the same sex marriage,and those who choose the traditional way of marriage (Sherkat, deVries, & Creek, 2010).
Thechurch remains the most important educational, institutional, and inturn it should remain the link between the society and the state.This is in addition to churches responsibility to serve the spiritualneeds of the society. The church should adhere to advocate formarriage as a keystone of the societies social order. Additionally,the church should continue teaching the teachings of the bible inwhich the church was founded. The role of the gospel should remainthe main aspect of the church in addition to playing the unifyingfactor between the state and the society (Oppenheimer, Oliveira &Blumenthal, 2014). Moreover, the church should teach the congregationto respect and accept the gay marriage couples as part of thesociety. The church acts as an adviser to the people as to which isthe required way for them to follow, reading from bible teaching, andthis explains why, the Christianity was built on the foundation ofthe bible.
Roleof the Church With Regard to Racism
Inaddition to playing a key role with regard to same sex marriage laws,the church has also been an integral institution towards the fightsagainst racism in the society. One of the key roles played by thechurch includes provision of employment, education, and accommodationof the lesser regarded communities or race of people (Rowland &Isaac-Savage, 2014). This has in turn helped to absorb themarginalized races of people as part of the larger community leadingto the understanding that, despite racial definition of anindividual, all people are equal before the church. In other words,the church should be on the forefront to preach equality rather thancreate division among people in the society on the base of racialattribution (Edwards, 2014).
Thechurch on the other note should act as the communication channel/toolmaking sure the state laws regarding racism are adhered to. Neithershould the church take sides in terms of racism, but instead itshould advocate for equality among all people in the society. Inaddition, it is the role of the church to educate the community andthe congregation on the urge to cease using racial slurs (Edwards,2014). The church should advocate for free and fair expressions amongpeople giving them equal opportunities, i.e. employment, education,worship, etc. in addition, the church has a role to avoid culturalappropriation. This is the treatment of other people, ethnicidentities as tools to create a boundary, instead the church shouldpreach the otherwise, that the cultural attributions shouldn’t beregarded as aspects to define people (Rowland & Isaac-Savage,2014).
Thechurch has a role to talk about racism and not shy away from theduty. Once the issue is talked about, the society becomes aware ofthe menace as well as what negatives relate to the aspect of racismin the community. Once the problem is talked about, the societybecomes aware of it, and in turn works towards how to control thenegative repercussions of racism (Edwards, 2014). In addition, it’sthe role of the church to be on the forefront to fight the menace andpreach against it.
Inconclusion, it’s clear that, the church remains an integral part ofthe society. It is a key link between the state and the society,playing the key role of an adviser to the people through preaching ofthe gospel, as well as preaching the need for the people to adhere tothe state laws. However, the issue of same sex marriage has remainedan unfinished business between the state and the church, especiallyafter passing of the same sex law in the United States. Despite thechurch stand with reference to marriage, and the teaching of thebible, it remains the church’s role to maintain peace and positiverelation among people in the communities. With regard to racism, thechurch remains on the forefront to promote equality in the societyregardless of one’s racial affiliation. The church and the stateshould be allowed to work together, however, each has key rolestowards racism and same sex marriage in the society, and the churchshould be allowed to exercise its powers towards the issue in orderto promote peace and equality among people in the society.
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