Gay marriage? How does the Bible help you decide?
When President Obama announced on May 9th he was in favor same sex marriage he became the most prominent in a long list of politicians who have publically declared their support for gay marriage. He also fueled the growing debate on the issue. It seems a significant factor in the President’s decision was his empathy for couples who are in same sex relationships.
I understand his position. I also have friends who are gay and who have been in committed same sex relationships. However, as a Christian my decisions can never be based on my feelings or sympathies.
Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer for the Washington Post, wrote a very interesting article about the President’s announcement in which he challenged the logic behind the President’s position. But I want to take the discussion beyond feelings or logic to conviction.
There is really only one opinion that matters and that is God’s. What does God say about sex and marriage? Once we hear His word on the subject, then our feelings about it or our ability to present a logical argument for or against it are irrelevant. God and His Word are true. Our convictions must be based on the Scripture.
God created us, male and female. God created the institution of marriage, ordained marriage, and even arranged the first marriage. As its designer He has the right to define its limits. God is not even slightly ambiguous about homosexuality in the Word. It is wrong, it is a sin. In God’s design the sexual relationship is to be between a man and woman within marriage. Every other sexual relationship is a sin.
There are more passages of Scripture than we could ever cover in a blog post, but let me suggest a couple.
- Leviticus 18-20.
- Specifically Leviticus 18:22 and 20: 13
- Romans 1:18-32
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
It is difficult to express in a post, and I wish I could share this face to face with you because I want you to hear my heart on this and I am afraid this discussion often deteriorates in to hateful rhetoric. I do not hate those of you who identify themselves as gay or are in a same sex relationship. Far from it. But, I must stand on Scripture. God is the final authority, not me.
Wrapping it up
If you happen to read this and you are in an inappropriate relationship, stop. Place your trust in the Lord and let Him be your fulfillment. Christianity is a surrender relationship, it is not about negotiating. Surrender your life, even your sex life to Him.
If you are a conservative who is against same sex marriage, remember that there are a lot of hurting people out there. We should, we must speak the truth, but do it in love. Remember, Jesus commanded us to love our God, love our neighbors, and even love enemies. (Matthew 5:44, 22:34-40) So, when you take a stand, do it gently, with love and tenderness. Jesus reserved His harshness for the extremely religious, the Pharisees. With the Samaritan woman He was honest, but gentle.
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