Over the past 6 weeks the national news has been abuzz with our President’s recent decision to come out in favor of gay marriage. A recent New York Times article quotes him as saying, “At a certain point, I’ve concluded that for me personally it is important to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married…my views changed after several conversations with my friends, wife, and daughters.” What’s alarming about this statement is not his evolution regarding the issue, but rather how he eventually came to the decision for public support. His evolution came not from biblical revelation, but rather from the influences of his friends, wife, daughters, and the broader culture. In a society that is increasingly advocating to each his own, and that the only absolute in life is that there are no absolutes, the lines are becoming increasingly blurred and difficult for many to navigate. The reality for the follower of Christ places us in a somewhat precarious position. We are called to be salt and light and to stand up for what Scripture explicitly tells us to stand up for and yet allow for freedom and liberty where Scripture is silent.
On the issue of gay marriage, we can certainly say with the utmost confidence that Scripture is explicitly clear on where we as followers of Christ are to come down at (see Matthew 5:28; 19:4-6; Eph. 5:31; Romans 1:26-28; 11:24). The broader lesson for us today is the reminder that when decisions are made whether infinitesimal or colossal that Scripture should be the driving force behind the direction we take. It should ultimately be an issue of fidelity to the Word and seeing ourselves and our political leanings in light of what the Bible ultimately teaches.
Undoubtedly, the decision our President has made has been one made not from the authority of revelation as has been revealed in Scripture, but rather from his own personal experience and decision making. My prayer as I write these words is that my church and my family would be collectively and individually a people who live their lives based on conviction as found in the Word of God embodied by Jesus himself and not what the culture dictates. Let our President’s example and decision be a reminder that we are to be vigilant as to what the Word of God says and be unwilling to compromise our biblical values even if family, friends, and culture tells us otherwise.