I came home from vacation to see my Facebook feed blowing up about the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage. If you are wondering what was the ruling on same sex marriage, it is now legal in all 50 states for couples of any gender to be married to one another.
This has the Christian community in an uproar. On my own personal Facebook feed, I have a lot of friends that fall on both sides of the debate. For that reason, I’m seeing a lot of opinions out there today. I figured I would throw in one more opinion to the pot.
I’m positive that there are plenty of trolls from both sides of the debate that happen across this article. I’m fully prepared for those that read my opinion to fry me for all sorts of reasons. To that, I say, you have the right to feel the way you want.
If you want to share with me in the comments your opinion, as a courtesy to you, I’ll hear you out, because you heard me out on this one.
What I Believe The Bible Says About Same-Sex Marriage
It is only fair that you know where I stand scripturally on the same-sex marriage debate. However, I hope that you won’t stop reading here if my opinion doesn’t line up with yours.
You should know that I am a follower of Christ. My belief system is based off of what I believe the Bible says.
Here are a few scriptures that I look at when determining what God says about intercourse with someone of the same sex.
Genesis 2:23-25 “The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed”
Leviticus 18:22 “You are not to sleep with a man as with a woman; it is detestable.”
Romans 1:27 “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
What I believe these scriptures are saying is that it is wrong for people of the same gender to have sex. It seems clear to me that this is what the Bible says.
I have Christian friends that do not interpret the Bible to say that gay or lesbian sex is wrong. They have their reasons for that, and they are entitled to believe the way they do. I’m still friends with these people, regardless of the fact that our theology doesn’t line up.
So, to wrap up my interpretation of the the Bible about same-sex marriage, I believe the Bible says that marriage and sex should be between people of the opposite gender. Those that choose to get married or have sex with someone of the same gender are in sin.
My Response to the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Now that you know what I believe about the topic, on to how I feel about the ruling. I’m not at all surprised that the vote went through the way it did.
In fact, I’m glad that the they ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Here me out on this one before you shut me down. While I do not believe it is right according to the scriptures, to be married to someone of the same sex, I am for equality and free choice.
If I keep a group of people from expressing themselves in the ways they believe, then what right do I have to expect the same courtesy? I want to be able to go to church and worship God. That is a right I do not want taken from me.
There are gay and lesbian people out there that want to be married to their lovers, and that is their choice. I can’t say that they aren’t allowed to express themselves while I continue to do so every day.
I apply this same principle to everyone who believes differently than I do. The way our laws are written is that as long as your rights don’t infringe on my rights, then you are free to make your own choice. For example, if you steal something from me, then you have violated my rights. We want laws in place to protect that.
Same-Sex Marriage Does Not Have to Threaten My Marriage
I know that there are a lot of people out there that would argue this with me, and I’ve read their point of view. I just don’t agree. It does not have to threaten my marriage, or my belief system for that matter. That doesn’t mean that this decision will not have lasting impact on the world around us, but my marriage isn’t going to be over tomorrow because someone of the same sex got married.
What Ramifications Will Christians Deal With?
It is very possible that churches will be sued for choosing to not perform weddings between people of the same gender. I believe that is on the horizon and there are very difficult days ahead for us as a church body. It is very possible that this decision will take away some of the freedoms we experience.
I know that because of this ruling, there are going to be a lot of other things on the table when it comes to marriage. We will likely see groups ask for equal rights who have multiple wives, desire to marry livestock, and many other perversions to a God honoring marriage.
Yes, I do think that we are and have been on the path to moral decline in our nation. These things must take place before Christ returns. We can’t expect non-believers to adhere to the scriptures.
It’s Not the Christian’s Job to Force Others to Change
No one is capable of changing those around them. Any change that takes place in a person’s life is based off of their free will choice to change. I can’t force the people around me to live by the standards that I live by.
We were not commanded by God to go out and force the world to live according the Bible. What we are called to do is to go out and make disciples of Christ by sharing the good news. That good news is that He died on the cross so that we could be right with God.
People that are not Christians cannot be expected to hold to the same values as those that are. Why would I think that a person that doesn’t believe what the Bible says would be willing to live by it? The morals and values of the scripture should be expected to be upheld by those that believe in it.
The Bible Says That They Will Know Us By Our Love
It is not our job as Christians to make sure that the world does what God commands. Our job is to show those around us the love of Christ.
Right now, we have to decide how we will respond to the world around us about a decision we do not agree with. It starts with being respectful when you share your opinion or convictions. I am not at all suggesting that in order to show love, you must not tell others how you feel.
I don’t know what it looks like for you to show love to the people you encounter. I believe that if you seek God’s wisdom on how to handle the situations you come across, He will guide you through the Holy Spirit.
As a Christian, you should be praying for God’s grace on us. Read the scriptures and understand what God’s laws are. Know that there is a time coming in which our faith will be put to great test. We can’t avoid the inevitable.
If you would like to leave me a message in the comments, I’d be glad to hear from you.