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.”

The article is the cover story of Newsweek published today, December 15th.  It is written by Lisa Miller, Newsweek’s religion editor.  The byline to the piece says “Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture.  But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.”  Even Newsweek’s Kurt Soller admits that the cover story is “ultimately supportive of gay marriage.”

Now, I am quite confident that the debate over same-sex marriage will not be resolved by this article.  This is an ongoing discussion in our country, perhaps intensified recently through the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Connecticut and the ongoing battle in California over the issue.  States like Iowa and New Jersey are believed to be next in line to approve same-sex marriage.

The debate is passionate on both sides of the issue.  Advocates of same-sex marriage argue that not allowing gay marriage the Constitutional guarantee of equal protection is violated, essentially making this a civil rights issue.  In the Connecticut decision on same-sex marriage, Judge   Opponents say that this is a moral values issue and that marriage must remain traditionally defined as between a man and a woman.  As Dr. Al Mohler recently affirmed, one of the fundamental purposes of marriage is procreation which is impossible in a same-sex relationship.  On the other hand, gay marriage supporters assert that committed same-sex partners are just as capable of rearing children as heterosexual partners.  The debate goes on.

But what stopped me in my tracks was the assertion in Miller’s article that the Scripture argues for the side of same-sex marriage.  The Scripture?  This was deeply unsettling for me as a pastor who teaches the opposite.  So, I’m not going to sit on the fence on this one.  In the posts I will make this week, I want to briefly summarize the points made in the Newsweek article and then give a Scriptural defense for heterosexual-only marriage and a Scriptural judgment on homosexuality.  Stay tuned…

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