If Christians are intent on wasting their time, they should find a frivolous little hobby to fritter away the hours. This is far more preferable than fighting for an amendment to the Constitution that bans gay marriage. The latest hysteria is shameful, as in the Washington Post’s latest article. Conservative Republicans are waving the gay marriage flag for a few days to rouse their dissatisfied or indifferent constituents out of their haze. Gay marriage is the bait intended to lure wayward Christian Republicans back to the right.
Are Christians biting? Some are. As for myself, I have grown weary of the hype about the gay marriage amendment. Please just let it die and let the states make their own mess.
As for my personal views on this topic, I have always felt that gay couples should be allowed to marry. That seems to be a no-brainer for me. Marriage does not need to be “protected,” come on, we’ve already trashed it with a 50% divorce rate. We spend $20,000 on the wedding, $5,000 on the honeymoon, and zip on pre-marital counseling. If we’re worried about immorality and adultery, heterosexual couples have done enough damage to marriage.
If a gay couple wants to make a life-long commitment to one another, receive health benefits, and derive the other practical benefits that marriage brings, isn’t that preferable to forcing them to shack up together without a formal commitment before witnesses?
Regarding the teachings of the scripture and the topic of gay marriage, I certainly am in more of a haze about it since moving to Vermont. The Bible does make some clear statements against homosexuality, but some sincere Christians do believe that times have changed. It’s a tough one. What do you say to someone who knows he/she is homosexual? I can’t say, “No you’re not, it’s just sin.” How do I know?
If anything, I can point this person to God. Show them to the Father, and let Him sort it out. That may seem weak to some, and not nice enough for others, but that’s my place for now. Since I don’t know what to do with the texts about homosexuality in the Bible, I’m willing to step back a little. I have no problem repeating what the Bible says, but I also suspect that wherever I stand on this topic, I’ll probably be wrong.
Do I think homosexuality is a sin? Let’s step back. The Bible teaches that sex outside of marriage is a sin. So banning gay marriage is a big problem then. If a gay couple cannot even marry, they are in a tight spot. Would God consider a married homosexual couple to be sinful? That is where I’m stuck. We can propose arguments from scripture and from experience that fall on both sides.
This is a tough topic, do we really need to have it all figured out? If the answer is yes, then perhaps it’s time for a nice game of Skip-Bo or perhaps croquet.