Christianity and Marriage Equality

Let me preface this post by disclosing that it will include religious content. I, myself, am a follower of Jesus Christ. This said, I am a firm believer in the freedom of religion guaranteed in our Constitution’s First Amendment. I hold my views very strongly, but I accept that others have differing opinions, and this is not written to attack anyone, rather offer my voice in the larger conversation on the current Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 which amended the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. I mentioned above that I will not attack anyone in this post, however I will criticize other Christians’ views against the marriage rights of homosexuals.

Christians have for a very long time used scripture to be intolerant of homosexuals. The Book of Leviticus lays out A LOT of laws for God’s people (247 to be exact!). Among these, sexual relations are ordered to be between a man and a woman, as seen in Leviticus 18:22 below:

“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” (NLT)

The Book of Leviticus also bans wearing clothing woven of two kinds of material (19:19), bans cutting one’s hair or beard on the sides (19:27), and bans putting tattoos on the skin (19:28). You don’t have to dig too deep through the laws in Leviticus to find numerous ways you’ve sinned as well. You’re a sinner and so am I. So how is it that one who supposedly wishes to live more like our Savior, Jesus Christ can condemn someone for how they were born? Remember that we’re all born into sin. Jesus said in John 8:7,

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

In this case, Jesus was dealing with religious leaders questioning him on what to do with a woman caught in the act of adultery. According to scripture, this was a sin punishable by death. Jesus’ reaction was not to have her put to death however. He just said to her accusers that “the one who has never sinned throw the first stone”. One by one, the crowd that had gathered dissipated. Jesus shows us in this example that before we condemn others for their actions, to look inward and examine our own righteousness. Jesus loved everyone, regardless of social standing, race, gender, etc. and we are called to do the same as Christians. We have all sinned, so who are we to condemn others for committing the “detestable sin” of being born one way. Again, we are all born into sin, but Jesus frees us from that on the cross.

I’ll leave you with a verse from John 13:34-35,

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

If you wish to leave a comment, I ask of you to please be respectful of the opinions of myself and others. I realize this is a sensitive subject conducive of heated debate, but only intelligent additions to the conversation will be approved.

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3 thoughts on “Christianity and Marriage Equality

  1. I find myself in the same boat.
    1) As a Christian, I can’t just hand-wave away what the Bible says about sin. Sin is sin, and God defines and opposes it.
    2) But as an American, I understand that the Constitution establishes our government and defines its powers… not the Bible.
    3) Laws don’t make people Christians. A relationship with God through Jesus Christ does that.
    4) Most of the people affected by this debate are not believers. They already know what the Bible says on the matter, and they don’t care.
    5) If all sin is equally bad, where are our efforts to craft laws to stop pride, and greed, and lust? Or is heterosexual lust acceptable? God directly says He opposes the proud. So why aren’t we working to stop arrogance in our country? We can’t focus on one and dismiss the rest where it suits us to do so.
    Thanks for sharing your convictions on this subject.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I guess I’m not trying to justify or write off sin by pointing out that we’re all sinful, rather remind us who will judge us for our sins in the end, not each other. I think Christians ought to be much more tolerant of each other, and I’m glad to see you agree! I didn’t even really touch on the political or Constitutional side of things. I can’t believe it’s been as much of a debate as it has though, as marriage is a religious institution and the Constitution protects religious freedom in the first amendment. Therefore, I think government should get out of marriage altogether and recognize any marriage the churches are willing to allow. A lot of churches still aren’t going to perform same-sex marriages, but that’s fine since they’re private entities, but I’m sure somewhere there are churches that will allow it. I can’t wrap my head around why the federal government shouldn’t recognize those marriages.

      1. There are some reasonable arguments out there that are not simply based on “because we think gay is bad.” But the debate is so charged with emotion and framed around what’s fair that there’s little likelihood in my mind that any argument is going to be heard fairly. My hope is that there’s room for all beliefs, a compromise that keeps government out of the bedroom but also out of the pulpit.

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