A Straight Answer on Gay Marriage

Posted on May 20, 2012. Filed under: Culture, Government | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Whenever I don’t know what to write about next, I look at the cover of Newsweek. This time, the magazine is depicting President Obama with a rainbow halo and the words, “The First Gay President,” fueling yet another debate over gay marriage.

Yes,  I’m one of the politically incorrect Christians that thinks being gay is a sin. It’s not because I’m a bigot or because I’m mad the gay community has hijacked and monopolized the rainbow, rather it’s because Scripture tells me it is. There’s the Old Testament verses like Lev 18:22 or Paul’s writings that lay it all out (1 Cor 6:9, Romans 1:26-27), but many in the Church disregard these because ‘Jesus didn’t say it.’ Yet, Christ did define marriage as a man and a woman thereby negating homosexuality, polygamy, or anything else  (Matt 19:4-9, Mark 10:3-12). To me, there’s no question that Christians should be opposed to gay marriage within the Church. The question I struggle with is: should Christians deny those outside the Church?

When Paul wrote to the nascent church in Corinth, it was common for the Greeks to have homosexual partners, which Paul opposed. Yet, when he called for the Greek disciples to abstain from sexual immorality, he also told them it was not his place to judge those outside the Church:

“It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you” (1 Cor 5:12-13).

Paul is telling us that we should not focus our scorn on the non-believers, but rather that we should ensure those claiming to be Christ-followers are practicing what they preach. Isn’t that the biggest complaint about Christians today – that we are hypocrites? How can we use force (i.e. government) to define ‘holy’ marriage, when the Church elects gay bishops, covers-ups the molestation of  children, ignores pornography, adultery, cohabitation and maintains the same divorce rate as non-Christians?

Christians should be more concerned with spreading the Gospel than legislating their will onto others (something we certainly wouldn’t want them doing to us).  Christianity was able to spread throughout the Roman Empire, including carnal Corinth, and eventually transform it because early Christians focused on love, not law.  If we focus more on being lights for the world, maybe the sanctity of marriage along with the rest of our culture could be saved. After all, it’s God that gives marriage its value, not government.


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We have the tendency to put sin into categories and have the phony notion that one sin, i.e. adultery for example, is worse than the sin of stealing. Those who commit either sin are said to be lawbreakers in the Epistle of James. I like the point you make about us being lights to the world. Jesus told his disciples that they were to be His witnesses. A witness simply tells what he/she has seen or heard, They were not told that they would act as Christ’s judges on the earth. Jesus Himself said that He didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it. So how can we His followers do things differently. I like the fact that you bring up Paul’s discourse with the Corinthian people where he says that it is not his duty to judge those outside the church. I think that this is further evidenced in the Book of Acts where we see Peter speaking to a Jewish audience in chapter 2 and he tells them to repent and be baptized. While Paul, when speaking to the Phillipian jailer who asked what he needed to do to be saved, responded “believe”. One group of people had a concept of sin, the other did not. Jesus Himself said that the Holy Spirit was being sent into the world to convict the world of sin, I like your comment on being lights as well. Jesus said by this shall all men know that you are my disciples by the love you have one for another. One small candle in a dark place can dispel the darkness and where there is light, there will be people who are attracted to the light. The other characteristic that Jesus spoke of is salt. Our lives should radiate God’s light and so light the way for those in darkness and also, we are to be salt as people should thirst for what we have and not be repulsed by it. We must remember that it is God’s goodness that leads one to repentance and not our judgment and condemnation .

Excellent points. I love that point out Paul told the jailer to believe. Such a simple but true answer. If we truly believe Jesus is the Christ, keeping his commands sorta fall into place (in theory, though I certainly struggle daily!). I suppose we should be focussing more on bringing others to Him, so that He can take over from there.

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