I’d like to share some of the most helpful/meaningful articles I have read over the past week or so. Many of these were written in direct response to the Supreme Court’s historic decision regarding same-sex “marriage.”
I have updated my post called The Gospel and Gay “Marriage.” It isn’t that much different than before but I’ve done a little bit of editing to (hopefully) improve it. This has been one of the most frequently read post on my blog for several weeks.
Russell Moore explained Why the Church Should neither Cave nor Panic about the Decision on Gay Marriage. I really like the way Moore addresses issues with grace and truth–he makes me proud to be a Southern Baptist. One of the most striking things he said is that the church should be ready to minister to “refugees from the sexual revolution”–those whose lives have been damaged by sexual sin. Moore actually has posted several articles and videos this week that are worth checking out.
Kevin DeYoung wrote an excellent post called Five Questions for Christians Who Believe the Bible Supports Gay Marriage. He later added 40 Questions for Christians now Waving Rainbow Flags. These are great questions for professing Christians who claim the Bible has nothing negative to say about homosexuality.
Carey Nieuwhof has written this post: Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for US Church Leaders from a Canadian. He is ministers in Canada, where same-sex “marriage” has been legal for a decade. Note: this pastor’s last point is about judging. I don’t think he is saying we should avoid preaching against sin. I think he is talking about the unfortunate way some Christians behave on social media, etc.
Denny Burk has written a post on Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits. This post includes a free booklet with some sample bylaws, etc.
I also ran across a couple of articles written my men who spent a decade in the gay lifestyle and left it after coming to Christ.
The first one is entitled I was the Other Man: an Insider’s Look at Why Gay Marriage Will Not Work.* Blogger and author Joseph Sciambra described the secret frustration and despair he encountered among “monogamous” homosexual couples.
“I believe God has something better for every gay man and woman that far outweighs the expected hopes and promises of gay marriage or even a gay life,” said Mattie Walk in Gay Marriage, Krispy Kreme Donuts and Freddie Mercury. Amen to that!
This will likely be the last post I write about this issue for a while. As I’ve mentioned before, most of the broken hearts/lives I encounter are caused by other forms of sexual immorality (premarital sex, adultery, etc.).
*You may argue that this man’s testimony does not accurately represent the gay culture or same-sex couples. It may not in all cases, but I think his experiences are a lot more common that than what the media would have you believe.