And just to shock and confuse the folks on my flist…
October 17, 2008 § 10 Comments
I haven’t ever expressed an opinion on this topic, except a brief allusion in my “Apathy” submission for LJ Idol, but felt compelled to throw in my two cents when someone asked for opinions on another board lately about gay marriage.
This is what I had to say:
My POV is this: It doesn’t matter what the world does or says about anything– they will do as they please and define terms as they please. Whether those definitions or actions fall in line with Scripture is irrelevant; they are still the world. So I am not offended or affronted or threatened when gay couples want to create a covenant relationship that is a civil equivalent of marriage. It doesn’t matter to me in the long run, and it helps them in the short term (insurance-wise and legal-wise.)
But again, that is still within the terms of the world. I believe that Christians have been called out of this world, and it is not our responsibility to legislate morality, or to make “righteous pagans” around us. To be truly effective in our call, we should be allowing God to make us into an alternative Kingdom. Ours should be the ultimate alternative life-style.
It is not our place to judge or condemn those of the world who will do as the world does. It is our place to provide a community of faith and hope for those who would reject the world and “come out from among them.” No one is going to be convinced by our disapproval. But they may be impressed by our love.
Basically, I am not shocked or offended when folks who do not believe in the Bible do not follow the Bible. I don’t expect them to, and it irritates me when some folks try to force them to. That’s a waste of time and energy, and is not what Christians are called to do.