People have deeply seated opinions about whether marriage should be legislatively defined as between one man and one woman. A facilitator at each table guided us through a variety of questions. "What is our name and what did we give up to attend?" "What is one thing about us that most people would not know by looking at us?" "What background, experience or core values shape our opinion on the marriage amendment."
There were people who supported and those who disagreed with the marriage amendment. Most shared that because God is a God of love, marriage should be love based and not gender based. Each of us expressed a belief in the Bible and in God, but arrived at two distinct conclusions.
I beleive God is a God of love, but has established marriage between a man and a woman. We did talk across our differences in a way that did not tear us apart. Here are the ground rules we followed that made our conversation respectful.
1. Speak for yourself.
2. Respect the opinions of others.
3. Be brief.
4. Listen carefully.
5. Allow people to pass on speaking their opinion.
1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.