Sekai no Hikari: Light of the World

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

Politics and Christianity: Gay Marriage

        I am adding this post as an extension of my previous post on what we should do as Christians in a highly polarized political climate. As most of you know, the Supreme Court just ruled in favor of gay marriage. Most of us do not agree with this. For those Christians that do, whether it be because you do not believe in legislating morality, or because you believe the Bible does not prohibit homosexual actions, I will state right away that there will be parts of this post you will not agree with, and that is fine. Feel free to comment regarding your views. However, I will not accept any mean or derogatory comments.

         First of all, I am deeply saddened at the road our world seems to be going down of late. I believe that gay marriage is a sinful influence on the world, and that things will only get worse from here on out. However, I do not believe our anger will help matters. It will, firstly, make things worse for the world, and secondly and most importantly, make things worse for the people in the world. I believe our world is doomed. That, however, is not a bad thing. As usual, God turns what seems bad around and uses it for the good. Thus, the people in the world are not doomed, and when we are angry about sensitive issues like this, it turns them off to God. Our actions show the world a picture of God, whether this is a true picture or not. By being calm and civil and gracious, yet at the same time standing up for justice, we show the world a true picture of what God is like.

        Now, how do we do this when it comes to the very tough issue of gay marriage? Well, I have a crazy idea. I have always been frustrated by the lack of conclusive nonreligious arguments against gay marriage. (By “nonreligious” I mean things that do not use the Bible as the source of authority. While it is the true authority, the world does not recognize it as such, and using the Bible will only make us seem closed-minded.) Therefore, I propose we admit that we don’t have them, because we don’t. The truth will set you free, right? However, we still need to explain why we believe the way we do. So here’s what I would say:
“I get that some people are gay and that they don’t choose to be, and I don’t know why that is. I know God made them as well as everyone else. I believe that homosexuality is a sin. And I admit that I don’t have any reason why that is, other than the fact that I know God, and I know what He says. There are things in this world bigger than sexuality, namely, spirituality. God is perfect, and I know that for a fact. There is lots of evidence that supports the truth of Christianity, and I can tell it to you if you want. Therefore, since I know that God is real and true, and since I follow Him, I have to trust Him on this.”
If more Christians answered this way instead of being angry, maybe the other side wouldn’t have as much ammunition against us.

        I want to conclude with a list of “don’ts.” I’ve seen people do this on comments on the internet, and it’s not pleasant.
1) Don’t cite the Bible as an argument. They won’t buy it.
2) Don’t tell people they’re going to hell. It will just make them angrier. Plus, only God has the power to judge.
3) DON’T EVER say cliche catchphrases like, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” That just makes you sound downright stupid.

        Remember, if you disagree with anything, feel free to comment. Debate (not arguing) is encouraged.

         Grace and peace to you as you figure this tough situation out.