My Thoughts on Homosexual Marriage
If you are a Christian, I believe this issue has to be looked at two ways. As a Christian and as an American. Yes, the majority of the founders of our nation were Christian. However, they did not imagine a world where homosexual marriage would be as big of an issue as it is today. Therefore, they left room in the constitution for gay marriage.
The first amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Christianity does not allow gay marriage. You can look at the Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and dissect the culture any way you want. In the end, the Old and New Testament does not allow it. Obviously, there are other religions in America today that allow it. I believe our constitution allows them to marry. This is a financial decision that has ramifications in taxes, death benefits, insurance, etc.
The constitution allows everyone to break each other’s religious laws as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of someone else.
When it comes to homosexuality the only area where it really infringes could be in tax allocation. In other words, my taxes are used to benefit someone in a lifestyle that I disagree with. I believe that argument breaks down quickly when thinking of Jesus’ words when asked about paying taxes to Rome, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.” Jesus released them to pay the tax because it was insignificant to His Kingdom. Keep in mind the immorality of the Romans was extremely more severe than America today (not to mention they were about to brutally execute Jesus later this same week!). In the private sector the argument is shot down immediately because we spend money all day long with corporations that spend money in grossly immoral actions.
My thinking is that if the Supreme Court determines that homosexual marriages should be realized and benefits awarded, then they are saying I should allow them space with their religion and not interfere (get in their business).
Doesn’t this also mean that a homosexual couple could not interfere with my refusal to officiate a gay marriage? (allowing me the free exercise of my religion)
Where do we go from here? We believe that government is a tool, but not our savior or the answer for the world. The Kingdom of Jesus is the answer to the world. We do not rely on the government or its policies to give us hope or a solution. The truth is that a Supreme Court ruling that supports heterosexual marriage will not change the heart of one homosexual. When Jesus was talking about Caesar and taxes, He did not want us to live out in a commune on the desert and not pay taxes. I believe his message was vote, pay taxes, engage, but don’t rely on it for ultimate lordship.
The gospel shows us that the problem is not with “left” or the “right”, it is from within. Jesus is the only solution to the social issues we are dealing with.
(This is my personal blog. The elders and leaders of PromiseLand San Marcos might or might not agree with me on this issue. Quite frankly, I welcome any dialog or debate as long as it is civil.)