The culture war: Obama endorses same-sex marriage

But is America ready? Photo: Associated Press

FLOWER MOUND, Texas, May 17, 2012 — On May 9, President Obama announced in an ABC News interview his support for same-sex marriage. This followed the May 6 Meet the Press interview where Joe Biden revealed that he was “more than comfortable” with same-sex marriage. 

The president’s popularity is dropping and many of his important fund raisers (or “money bundlers”) are said to be gay, so his change in view was not unexpected. In March 2004, when asked about his views as an Illinois state senator by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Obama responded, “I support civil unions to guarantee basic rights to same-sex couples. I do not believe that federal recognition of same-sex marriage is practical because of strong political and religious resistance.” 

The president’s change in views came partially with the aid of his family’s dinner-table talk in which his wife and two minor daughters helped convince him. “It’s important to treat others the way you would want to be treated,” was the President’s conclusion. 

The dramatic shift in positions gave him the dubious distinction as the first US President to openly support same-sex Marriage. The announcement prompted Newsweek Magazine to dub him “The First Gay President.”

For Christians and other religious groups, this comes as a rejection of the authority of the Bible and hundreds of years of cultural norms. Some say that rejecting same-sex marriage denies citizens their civil rights. In 2004, then-presidential candidate Obama in an interview remarked, “I don’t think marriage is a civil right.”

Most opponents of same-sex marriage do not deny the civil rights of homosexuals. The civil rights of every citizen regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation are protected under the Constitution. 

If one chooses to accept the authority of scripture, then the practice of homosexuality is condemned. Those who do not accept the authority of the Bible derive moral authority from some other source, either from other writings or from their own inner conscience, and so accept non-biblical teachings. That is their right. It does no good to try to rewrite or reinterpret scripture to find a meaning that makes the practice of homosexuality acceptable. 

The Bible does not speak about a person who is homosexual. The term is used to describe a person who is practicing homosexuality. It is very clear that the practice of homosexuality is unacceptable to the God of the Bible. It must also be noted that the Bible condemns promiscuous heterosexual activity, as well as the worship of idols, adultery, male or female prostitution, theft, greed, drunkenness, abuse, cheating others, and God-haters (I Corinthians 6:9-10).

The “legal exercise” of marriage of people of the same sex does not suddenly make sexual activity acceptable by scriptural standards. Creation of male and female is God’s order for populating the earth. 

Voters in thirty-one states have rejected same-sex marriage. Even the voters of California rejected same-sex marriage, but their votes were overruled by California judges. The Bible speaks only of heterosexual marriage and its necessity for populating the earth. It never suggests same-sex marriage has any purpose in God’s order. 

Modern culture is so enamored with the freedom of sexual expression that it has lost its moral compass. The attempt to be politically correct can be a stumbling block to a wholesome society. Isn’t a wholesome society what Americans of all religions, races, and creeds want?  

While our American heritage allows for the free expression of the religious and non religious, it must not let our society degrade itself into embracing a moral culture that is self destructive.      


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Donald L. Brake, Sr.

Donald L. Brake, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus of Multnomah Biblical Seminary, past president of Jerusalem University College, Israel; author of A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of The World’s Bestselling Book; Baker Books, 2008 (a 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist), A Visual History of the King James Bible: The Dramatic Tale of the World’s Best-Known Translation, Baker Books, 2011, A Royal Monument of English Literature: The King James Bible 1611, Credo House Publishers, 2011; and antiquarian collector with his extensive collection of rare and significant Bibles and artifacts currently at the Dunham Bible Museum, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas.

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