Should gay marriage be legal?
Any honest reading of the Bible would indicate that same-sex marriage should be legal. In today’s study we will open up the Holy Work of God and read what he wants to say to us about gay marriage.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
The Bible does seem to condemn homosexuality as a sin. It’s hard to be clear on this; The parts of the Old Testament that condemn homosexuality also condemn eating shellfish. So it’s hard to know if that was Old Covenant or some sort of cultural laws that God had set up. There are a few verses in the New Testament that mentions homosexuality. They seem to refer to homosexuality as “shameful lusts”. Whether or not being gay is a sin or not is the subject of another study. It’s a very tough question, and one of the issues that the Bible is unclear on. Here today were are here to discuss law and marriage though, specifically gay marriage.
One of the overriding concepts of the Bible is love. As a child I was always told in church that the Bible was a gospel of love. It teaches us to love each other and it teaches to love our neighbors. Likely most of us had our parents teach how important love is. Loving and caring for one another seems to be one of those thing that is built into the human condition.
One of the things you have to ask yourself is if you think any sin should be illegal. There are many things that the Bible is pretty clear on that they are sins. Gluttony, divorce, anger, hate, envy and lying are all sins and these things are all legal. Should sin be illegal? I think that our better judgment tells us that would be wrong to do. So why then have me singled out homosexuality as one we want made illegal?
Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Law and the Word of God are separate things and should be treated as such. Additionally, Now ask any gay person if preventing them from getting married is a hateful thing to do. You will find that the answer is yes. As children of God we should not be showing this kind of hate for one another.
He answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
We don’t outlaw the other sins of the world, so why should we outlaw this one? It goes against the love gospel that the Bible preaches. I think we all know that we should not like the sin and encourage those around us to end their sin. But putting it into a law is another issue. Laws against homosexual behavior are perceived as the most hateful thing you can do to a gay person. Should the goal not be to share your love with these people and welcome them and pray with them? You should not be trying to push them away with laws of hate. It cannot be doubted that accepting the sinner is the best way to spread the love of God.
You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.
The Word of the Lord does not encourage us to spread a doctrine of hate. Why act in a way that encourages homosexuals to hate? Their marriage and having happiness and being with those they love does not effect your well being. If you find this hard, no one ever said that being a follower of Jesus would be easy. If accepting gays in society is a hard thing for you to do, then look at this as a challenge from the Lord on how to show love for others. We each have our ways that God challenges us. Go and meditate and pray on this, and leave here in the love of Christ.
You may also be interested in our Bible study discussion on how the Bible supports killing gays.