The conventional wisdom is that moral opposition to same-sex marriage will eventually evaporate — that even orthodox religious communities will learn to accommodate new cultural realities, and those few who don’t will ultimately be irrelevant, living on the margins of society. Evangelical churches will cave. The Catholic Church will cave. Jews will cave. In just a few, short years the Christian churches in America will look back at opposition to same-sex marriage with the same kind of shame that Southern Baptists view their segregationist past.
That conventional wisdom is garbage. It’s based largely on a bigoted, ignorant view of the Christian faith, and it ignores recent history. The Left has drunk its own Kool-Aid for so long that it actually believes its rhetoric about church history and teachings.
We’ve been through this before. When Roe was decided, the major American Protestant denominations were in a transition process, with the mainline moving steadily out of orthodox Christianity. Their ultimate embrace of abortion wasn’t part of a considered, scriptural decision-making process but rather a product of spiritualized surrender to elite, progressive culture. The PCUSA, UCC, Episcopal Church, and others steadily liberalized — bending to the prevailing intellectual winds. For a time even the Southern Baptist Convention capitulated. Here’s Al Mohler:
Two years before Roe, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution calling for “legislation that will allow the possibility of abortion under such circumstances as rape, incest, clear evidence of fetal abnormality, and carefully ascertained evidence of the likelihood of damage to the emotional, mental, and physical health of the mother.”
But while the mainline tacked left and kept tacking left, the SBC moved right, and decisively so. It’s now firmly and unequivocally pro-life. This move was part of a broader desire to follow scripture, as the SBC embraced the Bible, doubled down on orthodox Christianity, and defied the sexual revolution.
What happened? Did the SBC whither away — becoming a church full of blue-haired holdouts, clinging to their guns and old-time religion as the mainline galloped away with the hearts and minds of the next generation?
Hardly. It turns out that Christians generally want to be Christian, not spiritualized political liberals, so the mainline continued its slow-motion collapse while the SBC became bigger than all the major mainline churches combined. The churches that maintained orthodoxy did more than just survive, they thrived — and as one consequence, the pro-life movement has only gained political and cultural strength.
Given that same-sex marriage has the same level of scriptural support as abortion (none), we’ll see the same phenomenon at work in the contemporary churches. Christians who are already on their way out of orthodoxy will embrace same-sex marriage largely to the same extent that they’ve already embraced porn, abortion, and sex outside of marriage. In fact, churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are eight times more likely than churchgoing Christians who oppose same-sex marriage to think viewing porn is acceptable, almost four times more likely to believe cohabitation is acceptable, almost six times more likely to think adultery is ok, and almost six times more likely to support abortion rights. The churchgoing supporter of same-sex marriage is much more like the average American than the average churchgoing American.
There was a time, not all that long ago, that I used to have to debate other Christians about the idea that NO, Americas was NOT in any special relationship with God.
So many Christians USED to believe that, despite the Bible bearing witness that God’s Kingdom is no part of this world.
Christians are coming around to agreeing with me that the Bible was right all along, the USA is no more special to God than any other nation on earth, they are all merely ”dust on the scales,” to Him.
Because of this issue, Christians are no longer deceived about the USA.
They will be able to stand for God’s side, just like all these modern-day martyrs we’ve been seeing in the ME lately.
So, for this, I’m grateful…..
Christians now get to see clearly that, given a choice, they have to go with God, even when their government goes with Satan.
Still, for all that, a Christian can eat a ”food previously sacrificed to idols,” as long as he makes no inquiries about that…..BUT if told, this food is from a temple sacrifice, he must not eat it. Applying that principle, Christians might bake a cake or make a bouquet to be picked up, but it might be impossible for them to GO TO THE CHURCH and photograph there, decorate there, etc.
“The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African-Americans, has broken its fellowship with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) following its recent vote to approve same-sex marriage.
The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PCUSA, voted last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text.
Rev. Anthony Evans, NBCI President noted:
“NBCI and its membership base are simply standing on the Word of God within the mind of Christ. We urge our brother and sisters of the PCUSA to repent and be restored to fellowship.”
What a dilemma that must have caused the left wing press. Did they label the black churches as “Nazis” or “Neanderthals” like other Christians have been labeled by the left or ignore the story for fear that they would be labeled “racist” for criticizing blacks? They ignored the story.
We have a tipping point rapidly rushing down on us. Christians are openly being slandered by the press, politicians and others, simply for adhering to their Christian beliefs. Christian businesses, who adhere to their faith, are being persecuted by gays and gay groups using the strong arm of the law to do so. None of this is going to have a happy ending.
The bible clearly states that a fetus is not a human and has s value of perhaps 1/4 oz. of silver
About 5 bucks
Payable to the biological father
The sky is falling! The End-of-Days is upon us!
I can’t wait to see how the SCOTUS reacts to a case (one will eventually get there) in which a gay person is denied a service because he’s gay, with the excuse that he could have obtained the same service elsewhere.
That argument didn’t hold water when it was used to justify excluding blacks from restaurants (or “white” drinking fountains) and it doesn’t hold water now.
The entire notion of “equal rights” does not depend upon YOUR comfort level with “other” people, and it certainly doesn’t depend upon any Biblical approval of them.
I’m guessing that for you to get what you want here, you’ll have to orchestrate the Constitutional Convention that some wackos have proposed, and get it to toss out the entire value system that our current Constitution is based upon. Chances of success? ZERO. But be my guest – spin your wheels as much as you like – waste you money if you want, and see where it gets you.
After all, doom IS right around the corner…