Public opinion regarding same sex marriage, and homosexuality in general, has shifted significantly in the past decade in the name of marriage equality. Consequently, it has placed all Bible-believing, born-again Christians in a quandary as to how we should respond to this shift. The quandary goes something like this:
1. If I believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God, and it says homosexuality is wrong, then I can’t support same-sex marriage.
2. If I don’t support same-sex marriage, I will be labeled a bigot, a religious fanatic or even a fool who doesn’t support equal rights for all people.
3. If I do support same-sex marriage, then by virtue of that, I have to believe the Bible is wrong on homosexuality, and I must question the truth/validity of everything else in the Bible, as a result.
With that said, there is one fact all Christians must face: we cannot have our cake and eat it too. We cannot support same-sex to be consistent with public opinion and continue to believe the Bible is true. It’s one or the other, because two competing claims cannot both be true. It’s like saying I exist and I don’t exist at the same time in the same place. It’s just not possible.
With that in mind, I have been considering how I should respond as a Christian to the dominant social issue of our day: homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
Over the next couple of blog entries, I will share the things I am learning, conceding that I am not an expert on the subject matter, and I reserve the right to be wrong. I also welcome comments and dialogue as I dive into this subject. Sometimes sensitive issues such as this are divisive and make people’s blood boil, so lets acknowledge this and seek to communicate in a respectful manner with each other.
If you are a person of prayer, please pray for me as I write these next few entries.