Governor Deal Vetoed the Religious Liberty Bill

Today, March 28, 2016, is a historic day for the State of Georgia as Governor Nathan Deal announced he will veto the Religious Liberty bill. My husband and I were disgusted that the Georgia Legislature even pushed this through to his desk. We couldn’t have been happier as the announcement was made that Governor Deal would veto it. He had until May 3rd to make a decision and I’m grateful it didn’t take him that long. Thank you Governor Deal, for making a decision I can be proud of, for making me proud to be from Georgia, and for helping us take this huge step forward for civil rights for the LGBT community. 

A lot of people have assumed that my husband and I supported the Religious Liberty bill because we are Christians, but we did not. If there is any one thing that people should know about my husband and I it is that we love people just for being people and would never look down upon a person, turn away a person, or pass judgement upon a person simply for being different than ourselves. That is not right and it’s definitely not Christian.

“We do not need to discriminate against anyone in order to protect the faith-based community.” – Governor Nathan Deal

Regarding the Religious Liberty Bill - "We do not need to discriminate against anyone in order to protect the faith-based community." - Governor Nathan Deal

Now, I understand that the Religious Liberty bill did not allow businesses to hang signs saying, “No ________ allows” (insert any sexuality or race you want in to that blank space) nor did it allow any business to be blatantly racist, sexist, or homophobic but what it would have done was allow businesses to refuse good or services to a person based on who that person is, and I’m not ok with that.

I plead with other Christians to ask yourself how Jesus would handle the situation. I can tell you one thing, I have a really hard time believing that Jesus would turn anyone away.

“What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones that did not conform to the religious societies’ view of the world. … We do not have a belief, in my way of looking at religion, that says we have to discriminate against anybody,” he said. “If you were to apply those standards to the teaching of Jesus, I don’t think they fit.” – Governor Nathan Deal

Besides, we should be looking to the law of God, not the laws of man when it comes to how we live our lives and run our businesses. God has commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves and that is what really matters.

“And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’ ” – Luke 10:27

We, as Christians, are not jeopardized by those who believe differently than us, love differently than us, or behave differently than us. We’re not, so stop being so scared of people. If you truly believe, then you know God is with you and you do not need to fear this world.

Trust in God’s word, stop fearing mankind, and stop worrying so much about the sins of others that you are neglecting your own faults. One day we will all face God and He is going to ask you about your life, not the lives of everyone else around you.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. – 2 Corinthians 5:10

I’ll leave you with this:

“Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” – Romans 2:1 – 5


Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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