I’ve been working on a new series on faith and works (no surprise to those who got the “Oops” post, I know). And so I’ve not really had much time to ponder the profundities of President Obama’s decision to support gay marriage.
However, others have, and I thought it might be worthwhile to point out some thoughtful — though disagreeing — posts on the subject.
The Top 8 Ways To Be ‘Traditionally Married’ According To The Bible, by Adam Mordecai.
I don’t think “traditional marriage” means what you think it means.
New form of Christian civic engagement, by Jonathan Merritt in USA Today.
A distinctive way of being Christian in the public square — a softer, less partisan way — is emerging. And this cultural change could be the very thing our faith needs to survive.
A Plea to Christians About Our Response to Obama and Homosexual Marriage, by Dan Bouchelle.
I’m not saying the historic rejection of homosexuality by Israel and the church should be overturned in this age of “enlightenment.” I’m saying the church’s obsession with this issue has hurt the gospel more than helped it.
Same-Sex Marriage and Shades of Grey, by Mark Woodward.
And the Creator God who defines the essence of reality (Truth) by His Word has set homosexuality outside of that which is pronounced “Good!” The question is not about choice, nor about love, nor about equal rights, but rather about submission.
Next, here are a couple of older posts of mine that bear on the subject –
Now, I struggle with this one. A lot.
Do we figure gay marriage, sanctioned by the state, is an example of God’s turning the lost over to their own morality, revealing how non-Christian morality violates God’s created order (as in Romans 1)? If so, then the last thing we should do is interfere with God’s choice to let the lost live separated from God, without the benefit of his wisdom and direction.
After all, we are forbidden from judging the lost in 1 Corinthians 5.
Or do we stand in the shoes of the Old Testament prophets defending those who are harmed by gay marriage? Is this a “widows and orphans” sort of thing where the church stands for the voiceless victims? If so, then who are the victims?
And that is not a rhetorical question but, to me, the core question. What about children who might be adopted by a gay couple? How would they fare in such a home? What about children born to a gay couple? Is it a healthy environment? What are the facts? (And in such a politicized area, can we trust the research?)
Then, as some of the articles point out, there’s a real strategic question here. If the church is perceived as anti-civil rights, does pushing an anti-gay-agenda hurt our ability to convert people? Does it hurt our Christian witness? I’m sure it does among the young, but …
… Is gay marriage — like homosexual sex — an area where God has spoken and we have no choice but to stand for what is right, regardless of the consequences? Is this one of those “obey God rather than man” moments?
What do you think?