Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. As Christians, what should be our response? Throughout the social media sphere I have seen a wide range of opinions on how we as Christians should respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling. The point that I see the majority of Christians making is that we are called to love, which I think is a great place to start, but I believe there is a lot of confusion on where to go from there. It seems that many aren’t sure how to turn their love into action.
One particular post I saw essentially said that we have no place to judge others and we should keep our opinions to ourselves and simply love. The post ended by quoting John 8:7 saying, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” As Christians, final judgment is not our job, but judging someone’s standing with God and telling them the truth about where they stand is absolutely our job, and even our duty. To give some context to John 8:7, the Pharisees had just brought a woman before Jesus who had been caught in the act of adultery. The penalty for adultery was death by stoning. That is why He said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” The part of this passage that I have seen people fail to quote is when Jesus tells the woman, “Go and sin no more.” Jesus’ point in this passage is not that we shouldn’t oppose or stand up against a person’s lifestyle, but His point is that Christianity is not a message of condemnation but of redemption.
The first point that I think is important to remember, and which many people in the Christian community have done a great job of emphasizing, is that you don’t have to agree with someone to love them. But just as important is that fact that loving someone doesn’t mean keeping your opinion to yourself and simply agreeing to disagree.
With that in mind, what is in the best interest of those in the LGBT community? Well, if we believe that the words of the Bible are true and that homosexuality is a sin and will ultimately lead them to an eternity separated from God, the most loving thing we can do is tell them. Now obviously this doesn’t mean going up to every single homosexual person you see and telling them they’re going to hell, that will only cause hurt and anger, but if you have people in your sphere of influence who you can lovingly convey the truth to, you have an obligation to do so! The most loving thing you can do for a person is to tell them the truth.
Another thing that disturbs me is when I see Christians quoting Romans 13:1 and trying to make the case that we must obey whatever law our government passes, no matter what it is. Are we to obey our government no matter what? My answer is a definite NO.
Dr. Francis Schaeffer says in his book A Christian Manifesto (which is a fantastic book on the subject of civil disobedience and the Christian’s role in society that I highly recommend), “The civil government, as all of life, stands under the law of God.” The civil government is an authority that has been delegated by God, which means that it is ultimately under His authority. Are we supposed to obey the law? Absolutely! But in the very instant that the law of man comes into opposition with the Law of God, it becomes null and void.
To give context to this statement, during the reign of the 3rd reich in Nazi Germany, we see people such as Corrie ten Boom who refused to turn in their Jewish neighbors despite the fact that their civil government had commanded them to do so. They disobeyed the law. Why? Because they knew what would ultimately be the result of obedience to such a law... murder. This civil law came into direct conflict with the Law of God, so they disobeyed it. The law was no longer valid because the Law of the Kingdom always trumps the law of the culture.
To quote Dr. Schaeffer once more, “Christianity is not just a series of truths but truth – truth about all of reality.” Christianity does not just contain some truth that helps people walk out a good life, but Jesus Christ is THE way, THE truth, and THE life. When a nation tries to establish human reason and logic above the all-surpassing Law of God, history has proven that that nation will begin to collapse. In a day when many are questioning the relevance of Christianity, keep in mind what Timothy Keller says: “Christianity is not true because it’s relevant, it’s relevant because it’s true.” Christianity’s value does not come from its compatibility with the culture, but instead its cultural value comes from the fact that it is the truth.