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