What we do with the news

As many have taken to the web to discuss the very recent announcement regarding President Obama’s new (old- renewed) stance on Gay “Marriage,” I write merely to pass on information and confirm the solid Biblical standpoint from which we as believers should approach this issue.

Contradictory statements

As Albert Mohler wrote today, our president and country are in a tight spot. With so much on the line, much care has been taken to say the “right things” at the “right times”. Mohler expands on this by exposing some rough, contradictory statements; read his article here.

How does a Christian respond?

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the central issue at hand. One is not saved by becoming straight, nor is homosexuality  the sin that seals the deal on one’s condemnation. God has made us and called us to Himself so that we might be changed to be more like Jesus. This change in Christ is, as Jesus said, taking up one’s cross and following him. If we are becoming more and more like Jesus, we are to be dying to self day by day. This is the heart of this issue, and no amount of political persuasion will change people– only the blood of Jesus does that. To this end, both Collin Hansen and Jared Wilson have offered great, moving points. Read them both, preferably before reading anything else here.

In light of what they said, what should the Christian’s response to this statement be?

Kevin DeYoung gives the following five reasons for Christians to oppose Gay Marriage which you should click the link on and read before you comment on the following list:

  1. It’s been consistently voted against
  2. It’s not for the common good
  3. The word  Marriage means something and has meant something throughout history
  4. It further normalizes what until recently was, and still should be, considered deviant behavior
  5. Cultural pressure will not stop with a victory in redefining marriage

Prove it…

The last link I’ll add is in hopes to prove that contrary to the belief of some, the Bible nowhere declares its affirmation of homosexual marriage; it does not accept it as proper and cannot be twisted to claim otherwise. There has been much reading already, but please set aside some time for this article: The Bible does not affirm Homosexual Sex or Homosexual Marriage.

Still, love and respect

Rejection of homosexual marriage does not mean that Christians should reject homosexuals in general- just as the Bible’s rejection of gluttony does not allow one to reject those who are obese. There are actual people involved, not just theories and arguments; we should be still loving, still be honest, still be compassionate, just as we are still firm on the truth in the nation where we are permitted and encouraged to vote according to concience. What we hold to be true according to God’s Word affects our lives and we are to be at peace with others so long as it depends on us (Rom. 12.18).

Come What May

I just finished watching Come What May, a movie about a Patrick Henry College student who must choose between defending the truth and continuing his enrollment at PHC. Put out by Advent Film Group, this project was thought provoking and encouraging in many ways.

When does life begin?

That is the question that Caleb, the main character, faces as he joins the PHC Moot Court team. Along with his Moot Court partner (and hopeful girlfriend) Rachel, he embarks on the quest to prove that abortion is in violation of the Constitution, namely the 14th Amendment. Meanwhile, his mother is busy in the Supreme Court arguing the right of pregnant teens to have abortions without their parent’s knowledge. What this independent film lacked in quality (being only the first film made by this group of homeschoolers) it gained in creativity and depth. Throughout the whole movie, Caleb is bogged down by the question of whether or not he should argue against Roe v. Wade in their Moot Court Competition; a decision he knows will cost him his enrollment at PHC or the respect of his peers (including Rachel) there, depending on what he chooses.

Another Christian movie

You, like me, may complain that another movie has been made that inadvertently touts a prosperity gospel (like others which end with a bald man getting hair, a team winning their biggest game, a barren woman giving birth, etc, all because people started trusting God again). However, Come What May destroyed my expectations. Here are some things that I enjoyed and found encouraging from this film:

  • The End: Without giving it away, I’ll just say that the ending was a pleasant surprise; a breath of fresh air in the arena of Christian Films (unlike the one mentioned above). It isn’t what one would expect, which pleased me.
  • The story felt like it was going somewhere. This is important in any movie, but particularly in the realm of Christian Film making. If we are trying to gain some ground with our media, we need to be sure we’re saying something with what we’re making.
  • Aside from all the technical portions of this film that made it worth the watch, the subject matter was a beautiful one. This film is about the matter of abortion and how it is immoral, but before that it’s about sticking up for what is right come what may. Thus making it more far reaching than the subject of abortion.

I would encourage you to see this movie. You may disagree with some of its stances, but overall, Come What May is worth the watch.

In addition to the trailer above, here’s a pretty decent clip from the film: