No, Mr. President, You Are Wrong

Doubtless, most of you have heard the news, Barak Obama has become the first sitting President of the United States to endorse same sex marriage. His rationale leaned heavily on Jesus. How should we, the faith family of Windham Baptist Church respond to this?

We should lovingly, yet truthfully say, “No, Mr. President, you are wrong.” Jesus and same-sex marriage cannot walk together.

Wrong because God’s word presents a consistent standard for marriage and human sexuality. Not only is God’s design for marriage (between a woman and a man in covenant) established in the first two chapters of the Bible (Gen. 2.18-25 and Matt. 19:4-6), but homosexuality and lesbianism are presented as sin throughout the whole of the text, not only in the Old Testament (Gen. 19.1-11; Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Tim. 1:8-10).

Wrong because cultural acceptance does not signal God’s approval. Our president expressed his confidence based on his relationship with committed, monogamous same-sex couples who are raising kids together. He stated that his daughters have friends whose parents are same-sex couples and it would not dawn on them that somehow their friends parents should be treated differently. I have also known and cared about friends who love each other and their kids as same-sex couples, and treat their children wonderfully. But that does not mean that their relationship is right in God’s eyes. Ever since mankind ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil we have turned from trusting, honoring, and thanking God to our own way of thinking (Rom. 1:21ff). Here’s an insightful article.

Wrong because Jesus work on the cross was misrepresented.
ABC news released more of their interview with the President, and in it he discussed his wife’s opinion on the topic. He appealed to their shared Christian faith, “…when we think about our faith, the thing at the root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.” This, to me, is the deepest cut. Before the cross speaks to us about our acceptance, it speaks to us about our brokenness and our sin and what was needed to justify us in order to make us right. Jesus sacrificed himself for us precisely because our sin was so treasonous (not only homosexuality, but sins of lust or anger or self-righteousness, etc), it was the only way that we could be reconciled to God and to others. The only way God could treat us the way we want to be treated was for Jesus to be treated the way we deserved to be treated.

So you see, Jesus would not have endorsed same sex marriage, and neither should we.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jakob Guy on May 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Reblogged this on Death Nor Life and commented:
    In addition to yesterday’s post of links, here is a great article from Mark Gedicks of Windham Baptist Church:

    Reply

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