In a recent article based on a phone survey of 2000 people about gay marriage, apparently fewer than half of Americans say homosexuality is sinful. Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends are twice as likely to say gay marriage should be legal.
How should Christians respond?
Many see a cultural inevitability when it comes to gay marriage. Thirty-seven states currently allow gay marriage, though pending appeals in some states have ceremonies on hold. The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments that could make same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Whether this turns out to be the case or not does not matter when it comes to how Christians should respond now and in the future to this issue.
God’s view of marriage in Scripture is clear and inviolable, regardless of what states or courts determine about gay marriage. Since the gay lifestyle is condemned in Scripture, there can never be any situation where gay marriage should be considered biblically or morally correct. The hermeneutical legerdemain to extrude gay marriage from Scripture is a blatant denial of biblical authority. It is nothing more than a strange alchemy that transposes gold into lead.
One thing that is happening in our current culture is a developing clear demarcation between those Christians and churches that are willing to stand for the truth and those who are willing to compromise the truth for the sake of expediency.
An undefined theology or an unwillingness to stand by biblical theology undermines the ability of the church to speak prophetically to culture. The reason is clear. The moment you defy the spirit of the age you forfeit your marketing appeal…and too many Christians and churches are more concerned about what the world thinks than what God thinks.
Actually, the more evangelicals are at odds with the culture over the issue of same-sex marriage, the better for evangelicals. Hopefully the world will learn what we stand for and why we stand for it. We are not homophobic but we are Christocentric.
As the culture shifts in a more anti-Christian direction, Christians will have more opportunities to be the salt and light that Jesus intended for us to be.