Perhaps you have watched the news about the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (giving federal benefits to gay marriages in states that allow them) and seen a man in a collar decrying our descent into Sodom and Gomorrah. Or maybe you have read an article that explains the biblical position as traditional marriage. Or even if you have heard a Christian leader on the radio explaining a sociological need for children to have parents of different genders, in all of these cases, one might come to the conclusion that the church stands opposed to gay marriage. Is that the case? If so, why? And what do you think?
I believe that is the case for many Christians and many churches. These faithful brothers and sisters read the six biblical references as opposing homosexuality in all of its forms, period. And most of these folk, and you may be among them, do not want to perpetuate injustice upon gay friends and neighbors, you/they just want to honor God and raise healthy children.
I understand that because I spent most of my life on that side of this fence. And most of my same-age, Christian friends are still over there. I have great respect for your/their families and faith. But I have changed my position on this, not in spite of, but because of the Bible.
I have joined the increasing number of Christian leaders who support gay marriage. Why? Because, in my view, those six biblical references are condemning a type of homosexuality, but not all of homosexuality. They condemn the homosexuality of that day which was basically pedophilia and temple prostitution. And therefore, they say nothing about mutual, monogamous gay love. (Honestly, in an ancient, agrarian culture today’s love was not even possible.) So I believe a God of love and justice promotes committed, romantic love in both forms.
Why write about a controversial, social issue like this? For two reasons:
- because the hallmark of the mature church that North Branch has always sought to be is the ability to debate issues like this (remember the Henninges years?);
- and because in a Protestant church affirming the priesthood of all believers you have a say in the direction of your local church.
So, what do you believe, and why?