There is a news article on the Huffington Post asking the question “What does the Bible say about gay marriage?”.
Even though the writer teaches religion course and has studied religion, I am surprised when he claims that the Bible does not clearly endorse one form of marriage over another. All of the references of marriage are between a man and a woman or a man and his bride. When Jesus references the spiritual union between God and man, the church is referenced in the feminine form of his bride. I am at a bit of a loss as to why he can not find clear references, but perhaps he is referring to one form of marriage when polygamy was allowed.
Now when looking at the few verses that address same sex relations, the writer says one has to hunt to find anything that speaks against it. When you hunt for these six verses though, the Bible doesn’t deal with the issue with kid gloves. You would think if you had to hunt for something that it might just gloss over the issue, but the Bible is stern and direct when dealing with the issue. I do enjoy when people point out that Jesus never spoke against same sex relations so it must not have been that bad. Jesus also never spoke against incest or bestiality, so those must be ok as well. It is interesting that Jesus said he did not come to do away with the law and we know the law spoke against same sex relations, so we should be safe to assume that his stance was against it.
The writer goes back to the same argument that people in that time frame could have no real understanding of what a committed same sex relation is. The biblical writers must be writing about male prostitutes or pedestry rather than a loving and committed relationship. The problem with that argument is that Nero was conducting gay marriage ceremonies around the time when the Paul was writing his letters. Gay marriages have existed in multiple forms through out time. We know that Egypt was practicing before the Exodus. What gets me is that either we are saying that people can not have understood that two men could love each other or that same sex relations were not as loving as they are now. Does that really make any sense? What has happened in the last thirty years that has not happened in another culture previously?
What I like about this article is it that really puts the issue of gay marriage as a secular union and not a religious mandated union. I think Christians truly forget this. There is no Christian country in the world. No matter what laws are passed, no nation will ever be a Christian nation. We are not called to make heaven on earth or to set up the Kingdom of God. We are called to be obedient to God and to spread the Gospel of Jesus. Now I will continue to speak out against homosexuality, but it will never be my focus. There is so much more in this world and within the church that needs to be addressed than the ability for less that 5% of the nation to be able to get married.
When Paul addressed homosexuality in Romans, he was showing that it was a result of a falling away from God. Let’s address the falling away from God and the symptoms of the problem will be addressed by the great healer.