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The Supreme Court's Decision to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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  • Just recently, history was made when the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage in the entire nation.  This has been a much celebrated decision, but many people who did reject the decision now still believe that the Supreme Court has made a tragic decision.

    What do you think about this decision?  This is a cultural issue which will have far-reaching consequences and change this nation.  As a large part of the population, Christians must think about and address this issue.  Are we to join our culture in celebrating marriage equality, or are we to go against it in maintaining our rejection of the redefinition of marriage?  Let's discuss.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NASB): "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

  • Even this long after the decision, I still don't really know what to think. I've never really had a stance on homosexual marriage to be honest, and even this hasn't forced me to make a viewpoint.

  • Perhaps I can help by pointing out one distinction, then.  The terms "homosexual marriage" and "same-sex marriage" are different, and many people have made the mistake of using them equivocally, as if they mean the same thing.

    But one of these terms addresses a question that is a non-issue.  Can homosexuals get married?  Of course they can.  The law doesn't ask about the sexual orientation of a couple when deciding if they can marry.  A homosexual man and a heterosexual woman can get married and could before this decision was made.  In fact, if the stories are true, some married men claim to have been homosexual the entire time.  So homosexuals can get married already.

    The issue before the Supreme Court was this: can two people of the same sex get married?  Can a man and a man or a woman and a woman, irrespective of sexual orientation, get married?  Now, with this decision made, two heterosexual men or two heterosexual women can get married.  Sexual orientation was never a factor in this decision.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NASB): "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

  • I agree that this is a cultural issue. It also goes against what this country was founded on. This is the beginning of the end, imho! Just look at Roman, Greek, Persian cultures, etc. When we stand for nothing, we will fall for anything. Marriage will always be man & woman. When you try to justify man-man or woman-woman, its a civil union. NOT a marriage. Just my two cents!

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  • I consider homosexuality a sin, mostly because of the Bible - right in Genesis. With that said, we as Christians shouldn't discriminate them for they can be redeemed if they change their ways. We need to help them.

    By extension, I don't approve of homosexual/same-sex marriage. Marriage has always been defined as between a man and a woman.

    It's unnatural - doesn't matter who you are. Two man or vice versa can't reproduce and gay sex leads to higher chances of getting sexual diseases due to using non-lubricated/inappropriate areas. Plus, all animals are heterosexual.

    All these signs and more indicate that homosexuality is a sin against God.

  • In God's eyes, homosexuality is a sin. That much is clear from his word and evidence of it's consequence. While I don't condone the act of same-sex marriage just like I don't condone any other sin, I don't think it's the end of the world. We shouldn't have to change what we're doing for this. God's word, His commands, and He Himself are eternal. God has everything under His control, and honestly while the legalization of something that goes against God is a bad thing, here are some ways that this could be being used for his glory right now:

    1. People may feel empty in life. They are searching for something to fill the hole in their spirit that only Jesus can truly fill. They turn to homosexuality and might say it frees them or that they can now be truly happy. But they still feel empty. Why? They are still unsure. Maybe, they could be fulfilled by getting legally married to their lover. Then they would truly feel complete. But since that never happened, they would not look to God for an answer, and mostly blame not being married. But now that they can do this, they could say, "Well this didn't make me happy either, perhaps there's something else I should look for," which could lead them to God.

    2. One of the Ten Commandments is not to have idols before our God. In my experience, a lot of Christians I have met are very strongly Republican and pro-America. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but this can become a big problem when one starts to idolize America, the president, a candidate, or anything associated with that. They are not worshiping them per se but they put their faith on them, lean on them, and trust in them when they forget to trust in the Lord. I have seen too much of this happen recently to my brothers and sisters in Christ, and this legalization of gay marriage could lead them to say, "This country IS fallible." Because, constitutionally, this is legal! I agree with that, but what I believe is not centered around the Constitution, but the Holy Bible. We need to lean on God, and put our hope in anything of this world which is bound to let us down.

    Just remember that God is in control and that with Him all things are possible. We should strive to love others as we love ourselves, turn the other cheek, forgive as our Father has forgiven us, and always be pointing people to God. They may not listen every time and you are probably going to get called a "bigot" by a lot of people, and some Christians, but remember that if you're running with God you've already won. Don't get caught up in an easy lie and give in to what the world wants you to believe. They say "love won" the day same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S. but we know that love really won on the cross 2,000 years ago. No need for harsh words and arguments with no purpose except to win. I am very against same-sex marriage, but I thought I would get something positive out there since a lot of what I've heard surrounding it from Christians has been all negative. Keep on keeping on!

    (Side note: I have yet to confirm this fact, but I heard yesterday from a friend that there is now a man who is legally able to marry multiple women under the supreme court ruling for same-sex marriage due to the wording. Only a little after a week and already we have an example for the people who said, "It will lead to people marrying multiple people, then people marrying objects, pets, etc." Just thought I'd share.)

  • I appreciate the comments and the thought that you all have put into this.  But our speaking about homosexuality and same-sex marriage as if we must address one to address the other is, in my view, exactly the problem with this whole controversy.  It's the source of all of the misconceptions about this issue.

    If you've never heard of William Lane Craig, then this will be your introduction to him.  He's a Christian apologist, philosopher, and theologian who's spoken on this issue before on the weekly podcasts on his website, Reasonable Faith.  He also has a Q&A section, in which he addresses one question every Monday.  This week, he addressed the Supreme Court decision in detail, and I think that what he said will be helpful.  Here's the link: www.reasonablefaith.org/supreme-courts-re-definition-of-marriage.  My view on this was originally influenced by his, and he's better at expressing his viewpoints than I am.

    @DefeatDeception: Amen.  I've no doubt that God can ultimately use this for His Kingdom.  This does not, however, change the fact that this decision is a huge one, and it will affect the entire country.  Just think of the Christians who don't accept this ruling yet are asked by same-sex couples to photograph their weddings, decorate their wedding cakes, etc.  Marriage is a public institution, and those who reject same-sex marriage are bound to be criticized and ridiculed.  Face it, we're the ones with counterculture views now.

    Either way, I remain hopeful that changes will come in the future.  William Lane Craig speaks of a slowly-strengthening intellectual revival in Christianity, which will reveal to our culture that Christianity is alive and well as an intellectual worldview, not just as the option for the conservative and uneducated.  Pray for this country.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NASB): "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

  • @Servant of God:

    Haha, first off, amen to knowing people who express things better than you can. I don't know how many times I've sent links to people regarding analysis of a movie or even something like this saying, "Well they said it better than I could." Lol

    But yeah, everything is not gonna be easy, and we're still gonna stand against it, but in a loving way. And we don't have to worry because we are on the side of The Truth. And prayer is definitely important. Hey, there's another thing, it could get more people to pray ;) No doubt there will be many hardships facing us because of this, but in the best of times, and in the worst of times, God is good. :)

    Huh, good article. I'll have to check out more of this guy. I know they sell some of his books at my church. Maybe I'll pick one up!

  • @DefeatDeception:

    Amen again.  And if you want to get one of William Lane Craig's books, I recommend "Reasonable Faith".  It is a kind of introductory book for Christians to Christian apologetics, and it includes most of Craig's main arguments for the existence of God.  He's also done dozens of debates, some of which with very popular members of the New Atheist movement, like Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Lawrence Krauss.  Craig is my favorite philosopher and apologist, so I'll gladly advocate for him whenever I can.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NASB): "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

  • @Servant of God:

    Thanks! I actually got a gift card to a book store recently so I think I know what to use it on now. And I'll be sure to check out some of those debates. I love to have those on while playing games actually, because I can focus on them with the sound of the game turned down or off. I like weird multitasking, lol.

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