[Welcome to the first post of The Defense Series. The aim of this series is to help Christians more effectively “make a defense” (1 Pet. 3:15) to those who challenge the teachings and values of New Testament Christianity. My prayer is that the following words will help and embolden you as you stand for Truth.]
“Marriage equality” is a phrase designed to elevate the legal status of same-sex marriage to the perceived position of a ‘civil right,’ making anyone opposed to homosexuality look irrational, discriminatory, and outdated. It automatically implies that people who support God’s plan for marriage are ‘bigots’ because they supposedly support “inequality.” Yes, the phrase by itself is a ‘low-blow.’
The argument often employed by the LGBT community is this: “Shouldn’t Christians support marriage equality? Jesus was all about love and fairness. Besides, in a free society, shouldn’t people be allowed to marry whomever they want?”
This argument is simply uninformed about the true nature of Christianity. The Bible couldn’t be any clearer that homosexuality is both unnatural and sinful (Rom. 1:26-27; Jude 7; 1 Cor. 6:9; Lev. 10:22; 20:13). This, combined with the fact that God has already exclusively defined marriage as being between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:22-33), means Christians cannot support any homosexual relationship. To be in favor of endorsing homosexuality would mean being out of favor with God (Rom. 1:32).
To the Christian, the entire ‘legal equality of marriage’ debate is not about politics, but about morality. Even then, Christians cannot separate politics from faith. Jesus Christ and His New Testament will always be the trump card. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,” He said (Matt. 6:33). No Christian can support sin, regardless of the social pressure to do so.
One might say, “Isn’t that hateful? Wasn’t Jesus loving and tolerant? Would He want His disciples to deny two homosexuals the right to a legal marriage?” It is true that Jesus was loving and compassionate during His earthly ministry (cf. Matt. 9:36; 15:32; 20:34), yet He did not come to earth just to be a ‘nice guy.’ He didn’t eat with “tax collectors and sinner” simply for the sake of eating with “tax collectors and sinners.” He felt compassion for them because they were sick with sin (Mark 2:15-17). His mission was specifically “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Jesus never treated sinners in such a way to make them think they had no need to repent.
It isn’t ‘hateful’ to be opposed to homosexual marriage, whether or not such a union is legal. It is just the opposite! Christians oppose sin because they love sinners and want them to go to heaven. No one can be cleansed by the blood of Christ and go to heaven if they are in a homosexual relationship (cf. Gal. 5:19-21; 1 John 1:5-7).
Christians are obligated to honor the legal rights and laws of man as long as they don’t contradict God’s Biblical laws (Dan. 3:1-30; 6:4-28; Acts 4:18f; 5:38f; Rom. 13:1f; 1 Pet. 2:13). Christians cannot, however, support or honor ‘rights’ that are wrong, nor can Christians exercise liberties that are unscriptural or immoral, regardless of whether such ‘rights’ are legal. And this isn’t restricted to homosexual marriages; God has laws concerning heterosexual marriages that are much more exclusive than what the current legal system allows. Christians must recognize that Christ’s teaching on marriage, divorce, and remarriage (Matt. 19:9) is 100% authoritative. We cannot support any marriage or relationship that isn’t God approved.
Christians, pay close attention: this issue has already been decided. Even if homosexual marriages are granted the same legal status as heterosexual marriages by a legal institution, it will always be Biblically and morally wrong to the Supreme Judge of the Universe. Case closed.
Our desire for “all men everywhere” is that they repent (Acts 17:30-31) and come to Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 7:10). Let’s be especially careful for how we approach all people. We need to be gentle and compassionate while standing for the Truth. It is unpopular to be against homosexuality, but is popularity more important than saving souls? Let’s be dedicated to “snatching sinners out of the fire” (Jude 22-23).
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