John Stonestreet unpacks how those who follow Christ can faithfully answer the standard talking points for same-sex marriage, explaining what God meant marriage to be, and why it is so important to defend the definition of marriage as an institution between a man and woman.
If marriage exists in the public square, it must have a definition. The biblical definition, accepted for millennia, is a man and a woman for life. But if marriage can mean anything, it means nothing. That’s why the discrimination argument fails. It doesn’t extend marriage to minority groups. It defines marriage out of existence.
From a Christian perspective, is it true that Christians must cease their opposition to same-sex marriage in order to reach out to those who struggle with same-sex attraction? Unsure, most Christians remain silent. They disagree with being herded onto the same-sex bandwagon, but they just don’t know how to resist without coming across as mean-spirited.
In God and the Gay Christian, Matthew Vines, a 24-year-old Harvard graduate, uses Scripture as the basis for his assertion that “same-sex orientation is consistent with God’s image.” The mission of the Reformation Project, which Vines launched in 2013, is to change the church’s stance on gay marriage. The release of God and the Gay Christian is the first step in accomplishing that goal.
This week, federal judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional, making these the 18th and 19th states to legalize gay marriage. In the 14 consecutive legal victories for gay marriage advocates, judges have called traditional marriage irrational and discriminatory. But, contrary to their claims, the government actually does have a legitimate – and entirely rational – interest in sanctioning traditional marriage.
On Monday, the American branch of World Vision, one of the largest Christian humanitarian organizations, made an official policy change that would have enabled them to employ gay Christians who are in same-sex marriages. On Wednesday, World Vision U.S. changed its stance, admitting that such a policy would fail to respect its commitment to the biblical understanding of marriage.
Gay rights advocates have experienced quite a winning streak in the courts lately. Federal judges in four conservative states have struck down voter-approved gay marriage bans. Our culture is changing, and our laws are reflecting these seismic shifts in public opinion. We can promote traditional marriage by teaching about its importance, encouraging its protection, and modeling it properly.
Should same-sex civil unions be legalized? Watch as Glenn Stanton and Jonathan Rauch discuss one of the most important issues we face today.
Summit Ministries recently welcomed Focus on the Family President Jim Daly to talk with students at a Summit Student Conference. Daly shared his testimony — including what it was like being orphaned and later adopted — and answered questions from students about same-sex marriage, Millennials, the military, and other worldview issues.
According to the Oxford American Dictionary, a bigot is: “a person with strong and prejudiced views who will not listen to the opinion of others.” But the way it’s used by SSM proponents, one would think it simply meant failing to fall in line behind the name-caller on issues he considers to be non-negotiable. But this shows why name-calling is such a poor way to argue a cause. It avoids any serious discussion of the topic and seeks to stymie debate with cheap personal attacks.
Study after study shows that marriage — defined as a monogamous relationship shared by a man and woman — deserves legal and cultural protection and high regard for the social, economic, and health benefits it affords individuals and societies.
(This is the final post in a three-part series. Don’t miss parts one and two.) Finally, to end this mini-series on life and marriage are still issues that ought to matter for the Christian, we need to address what seems to become the most convincing reason to abandon them. This is, of course, the statement that is often thrown around that we should be people of love. This was the primary point of our aforementioned emailer:… Read More →Life and Marriage (Part 3)