Florida’s Adventist Hospitals Offer Health Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

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Florida’s Adventist Hospitals Offer Health Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Propelled by the legalization of gay marriage in Florida, the Adventist Health System voted to offer benefits to same-sex couples employed at Florida Hospital. The company already offers similar benefits to its employees in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Maryland.

As same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land, the Adventist Church and its institutions are faced with weightier issues than some that are currently debated. Here are some questions this event brings to mind:

  • Whereas the Adventist Church defines marriage to be between one man and one woman, what Biblical rationale does the church provide when it extends benefits to same-sex couples?
  • Whereas the church is to abide by the law of the land, what happens when the law contradicts the Bible? Are the church and its affiliated institutions afraid of expensive lawsuits that they are unlikely to win?
  • By extending benefits to same-sex couples, are these church institutions endorsing same-sex marriage?
  • If any tithe/offering money is allocated to such institutions that offer benefits to same-sex couples, is this wise stewardship?

Watch the news segment about Florida Hospital’s benefits to same-sex couples:

http://www.wftv.com/videos/news/florida-same-sex-married-couples-have-trouble/vDHqHS/

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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.

  • daudi

    I dont think the church should compromise brethren

    • TLAR

      Do they offer benefits to couples where one or more has been divorced? How about offering them to people who dishonor their parents or don’t worship on Sabbath? Are you suggesting Florida hospital should determine someone’s sexual orientation before they treat them in the emergency room or allow them treatment in the hospital? If you are going to take a staunch stance of the persecution of LGBT according to what you believe God wants you to do, why don’t you follow ALL of his laws persecuting each who breaks them accordingly?

  • daudi

    waah
    adventists in america are yet to see more of this . a compromise on
    one standard passived to be more or less of substance to the stand of
    the bible gives a much more greater strength for another compromise ….
    ” stand for the truth dont fear persecution ” is our standard , as a
    matter of fact thats what the bible says of you 2 TIMOTHY 3;11″YE AND
    ALL WHO WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS WILL SUFFER PERSECUTION

    • TLAR

      Who is doing the persecuting in this scenario?

      Luke 10:30-35

      Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. …

    • TLAR

      Matthew 7:1-5
      “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

    • TLAR

      James 4:11-12 elpful Not Helpful
      Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

    • TLAR

      1 Thessalonians 5:12-16 Helpful Not Helpful

      We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always,

      • daudi

        thanks for the reply it has made me realise something . may God bless yu and tajke care of yu , im greatfull for your concern over my comment

  • ohallow

    This is pretty good to have health benefits to same sex couples equality should be there for everyone to know more about this must visit https://ohalllaw.com/