In Rivensteen North Dakota, the sleepy town was awakened by a shotgun blast north of town hall, on second street, right next to the church.
The church was having an annual baking competition, and a man on the church lawn now lay dead.
Who shot him? A man became enraged when the 30 year old Martin Estrella Sandusky launched an attack on the church’s exclusion of a gay minister for consideration as a speaker at the yearly gala. During the conversation, Martin told Douglas Manning Hendricks that he himself had some attractions to some of the men in the movie “Python.”
Martin’s talk went outside bounds of the accepted beliefs of Doug, at which point, Doug decided angrily to end Martin’s life by retrieving a shotgun from his van, and walked behind him and shot him at point blank range.
Doug and Martin were both considered to be heterosexuals, up until that discussion. Martin had not previously disclosed his sexual orientation to anyone. He was in the closet, and had not thought he needed to tell anyone what his feelings were. There had been no conversation about his beliefs, there was a punishment for believing them, and retribution was swift and severe.
Morally, the greater evil in the eyes of the law is murder. Gay love is not punishable by death in the courts.
A man took the law into his own hands. He destroyed a community by his actions. He was then sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. But Martin’s life is over. He had publicly professed a belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. The community gave him a Christian funeral, and blessed his loving words and actions during the ceremony, asking God to allow him into heaven. So which man came out of that encounter as a victor?
We are given our lives, in which we are told to love our enemies as ourselves. We are asked to forgive the sins of others, and we would have them do for us. We are told not to judge another man by our standards, because God does not judge by the world, he looks only at the heart. God asks everyone to live by the example of Jesus Christ. Why is heterosexual love given our consent, while homosexual love is not? Is it because Jesus was neither gay nor straight, but celibate, that we understand his law as promoting only heterosexual union, and forgiving those who sin by fornication who are straight, but not forgiving the same act of fornication, but with a person of the same sex? It seems to me to be real hypocrisy to throw the first stone before we have finished the gay conversation.
Please ask questions first, before you take action against another person’s life.