Taking a momentary detour from my response to “God is imaginary” to deal with a current event.
With the looming prospect of same-sex mirage (a term coined by a pundit recently) sweeping across the United States as law, I’ve been thinking a lot about how Christians should respond.
If we listen to liberal denominations, we should simply capitulate and go on, but then again those of us who ACTUALLY believe the bible I am convinced that there is a better response, especially in the light of certain events that are currently unfolding in, of all places, Idaho, where two pastors who own and operate a wedding chapel are facing jail and fines if they refuse to “marry” people who engage in homosexual behavior.
The question of how to respond to the onslaught, I believe, is found in Scripture:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9
When you approach a city to wage war against it, offer it terms of peace. -Deuteronomy 20:10
Although they fully know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but also approve of those who practice them. -Romans 1:32
What do those three verses have to do with how Christians should respond to the onslaught of the “marriage equality” movement?
First, we have to realize that we are engaged in moral and spiritual warfare. We are not battling against men but against ideas and powers that are opposed to God, so we should declare our peace toward our fellow men, yet that we have come prepared to do battle in the name of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
Second, we must arm ourselves with the whole council of God, both information from His revealed Word and the overwhelming data from science that confirms the truth of the dangers of engaging in this behavior: medically, psychologically, and sociologically. We must become articulate in it and stay as up to date as possible.
Finally, we must proceed boldly, but not foolishly. Bold in the proclamation of the truth, but not foolishly in simply refusing, especially if the culture is hostile. We must be like Daniel and his friends who faced down the threats of their culture by refusing to bend in the wind of culture.
Now, what about those pastors, or any pastor who faces similar threat? Simple. If the law requires you to “marry” two homosexuals, marry them. But, and here is where it will get sticky, bring the “couple” in and explain to them, in no uncertain terms that you will do what the law requires, i.e. “marry” them, but in doing so you will not be inviting God’s blessing upon them, but rather invoking the curses of God upon the profanation of His establishment. Draw from Scripture, passages such as Galatians 6, Matthew 19, Leviticus 18-20. Carefully craft the invocation to reflect the true meaning of marriage. One of two things will occur: they will decline your services or they will take you up and you will still get to proclaim the truth. Either way is a win.
But these are just my thoughts.