Gay Marriage

Here we go.  Gay marriages are officially “on” tomorrow in my state.  There’s been a lot of talk, obviously, about it all.  I don’t think I need to (or want to) go through my take on all the different issues on the table.  I did want to contribute an article, however, that gave an interesting perspective, one that I don’t seem to hear too much.  Here it is. Let me know what you think.



  David wrote @

I agree that we need to remember the distinction between legal and religious definitions of marriage. Although it has many secular proponents, the “separation of church and state” is actually a very biblical concept. After all, Paul writes, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13.)

  Erin wrote @

I totally agree with the article and with David above. Coming from the legal side of things, I’m a big proponent of the separation of church and state, and i think that a lot of Christians forget that it’s designed to protect both the state and the CHURCH. Most people seem to think of the separation of church and state as something that does nothing but impede Christian political involvement (which I guess, in a sense, it does, since it prevents the government from becoming a theocracy, but it certainly provides a lot of unseen benefit to the church too).

I definitely think the church as a whole has latched onto the idea of gay marriage and turned a blind eye to many other (in my opinion, more) important issues, and phrases like “sanctity of marriage” get thrown around and lose their meaning. I for one, am glad that what God designed as the plan for marriage doesn’t depend on what our government will do with it, so I personally don’t feel threatened by what our government choses to do with the idea of marriage; to an extent.

Also, when I think about some of the reasons for allowing gay marriage, and the practical implications of it, such as allowing someone to obtain health care from their partner’s plan, or allowing visitation rights in hospitals that are restricted to family members, I have a really hard time saying we shouldn’t allow that. I have a hard time thinking that Jesus would want to ban someone from seeing their loved one in the hospital too. That’s an extreme example, but Christians on a whole have injected so much hate into the issue of gay marriage that I think Jesus gets lost in the shuffle, and the Church starts polarizing the issue and seeing gay people as the enemy and completely unrelate-able, instead of what they are; just people that Jesus loves.

Anyway, that’s my two cents (or two dollars? haha) 🙂

  chiafrica wrote @

I really resonate with what Erin has to say. I’ve been challenged by M8, and I hope that we unpack how hateful our attitudes can be as christians.

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