Archive for December, 2008

“Biblical” Models of Marriage

2nd_century_hebrew_decalogueAccording to Newsweek’s Lisa Miller, the Scripture is not a good source for supporting traditional marriage.  For example, here is the introduction to the article published Monday:

“Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does. Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile? Or to Jacob, who fathered children with four different women (two sisters and their servants)? Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon and the kings of Judah and Israel—all these fathers and heroes were polygamists. The New Testament model of marriage is hardly better. Jesus himself was single and preached an indifference to earthly attachments—especially family. The apostle Paul (also single) regarded marriage as an act of last resort for those unable to contain their animal lust. “It is better to marry than to burn with passion,” says the apostle, in one of the most lukewarm endorsements of a treasured institution ever uttered. Would any contemporary heterosexual married couple—who likely woke up on their wedding day harboring some optimistic and newfangled ideas about gender equality and romantic love—turn to the Bible as a how-to script?” Continue reading

And such were some of you…

newsweek-20081215I have something to say.  That’s not surprising for many of you to hear.  I enjoy writing and speaking on all sorts of subjects.  But what I have to say today can’t wait for another day.  My spirit is restless as a result of this topic.  I believe that Christians have an obligation to speak the truth.  We need to speak clearly and passionately on this issue right now.

When I first read the title “Our Mutual Joy,” I expected to read an article about the joy of Christmas.  After all, it is the Christmas season and joy is a truly appropriate theme for this time of year.  To be honest, I would much rather write an article on the joy of Christ’s birth.  But this was not to be the time of “good cheer.” Continue reading