Yesterday the US Supreme court handed down a historic, landmark decision, legalizing homosexual marriages across the entire nation. The polarizing effect of the ruling was seen almost immediately with strong voices from both “sides” responding. As a Christian, I believe there is a way we can approach the decision without it becoming divisive among the Christian community and beyond.
Yes, there are some (not all) Christians who believe passionately that they cannot support homosexuality and homosexual marriages and they do so with well thought out and theologically sound reasons.
At the same time, there are Christians who support homosexuality as an equal and alternative lifestyle and support homosexual marriage just as passionately, with reasons that are equally well thought out, and theological rationale that is equally sound.
I have friends in both “camps”. Some say the “Truth” is somewhere in “between”. Personally, I believe that truth ultimately lies “beyond” the two views that our narrow minds have bound ourselves to.
However, regardless of which “side” you may be on, I believe there is a way that we can rejoice in yesterday’s ruling and celebrate with our LGBT brothers and sisters. Because for me yesterday’s ruling has to do with something much more important than the “moral legitimacy” of homosexuality. For me, yesterday’s ruling is a recognition of two biblical principles that are more fundamental, more important, and shared by every single person. They are:
(1) Everyone is created to be equal in the image of God, and thus deserve equal respect and dignity.
(2) We have a God given, biblically mandated responsibility to protect those who are being oppressed.
As a Christian, I celebrate and rejoice in yesterday’s ruling because I am thankful that I live in a society where those two fundamental biblical values are upheld and respected, regardless of one’s religious affiliation, racial background or sexual orientation.
As a father, I rejoice because should one of my children grow up to be gay, I want them to live in a society where their rights will be protected by law, where being gay is no more a point of discrimination than the fact that they are female or Chinese.
In the mean time, there is SO MUCH work that we need to do as a church: Caring for the sick, building healthy communities, looking after the poor, speaking out against injustice, both locally and around the world just to name a few. Why do we insist on arguing and fighting and dwelling on this one issue, when there is so much more good waiting for us to do, together?
Let’s get on with it, shall we?