WASHINGTON, April 5, 2013 ― With the issue of same-sex marriage in the news, before the Supreme Court, and on the minds of many Americans, some of us wonder, can a Christian support same-sex marriage?
Although the Bible does not mention the word homosexual, it does speak against homosexual acts. In Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. This is an abomination.” That seems extremely clear. Romans 1: 26-27 says, “For this reason God gave them over to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful …”
If you don’t believe the Bible is the true, inspired Word of God, then what it says about homosexuality is of no interest to you. But if you are one of the many millions of Americans who has professed Christianity, this matters.
Many people do not understand that even when the Bible speaks out against your behavior, it also requires the Christian to love you. Christians are commanded to love the person who sins, not support the sin. But some Christians have construed love of others to mean support of their sins. They forget that sin is sin. The Bible also says that “All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.” So, my lies, my drunkenness, my misplaced anger, put me in the same place in the eyes of God as the homosexual. I am no better.
A young man who is very dear to me posted a message to Christians that he has given me permission to share with you. Thank you Gary.
“In case you didn’t know: The message of Christ is that, through no fault of our own, we are brought into this world separated from God, but God, in his un-comprehendable understanding, and in his powerful overwhelming love, conceived a plan to bring us back into his family. To forgive us AND set us free from those things that separate us from him, and he did it through Jesus Christ. There is no grey area there, you CANNOT believe in the saving grace of Christ and continue in a lifestyle that separates you from God. This is not an exclusionary statement, but rather it includes ALL of us, no matter what style of living or way of life we come from, when we realize what God planned and what Christ endured and overcame so that we could all be called God’s children our response must be no less than obedience, not out of obligation or conviction, but the knowledge that he is good and wants good things for us.
“I mentioned all that to let you guys know that you’re not doing anyone a favor by playing both sides of the fence. Liberals won’t like you anymore because you hold onto a God that they feel holds this country back, conservatives will feel like you’ve sold out to make liberals like you. I ain’t hatin’ I’m just sayin, pick a side, you’re not doing anyone a favor by playing both …”
So where do Christians go from here? Are we ready to force our way back into the social discourse? There are many who suggest the Christianity should only be practiced on Sunday winthin in the walls of a church. But, if we are to be true followers of Christ should we not live that life in a more open way? If Christians believe the Bible and Christ’s teaching offer the solutions for our most pervasive problems why are we so afraid to share those solutions?
The same-sex marriage issue will bring about heated, passionate discussion. But as a Christain I am really to take the heat for Christ that took the heat for me.
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