Praise the Lord?
Why is it morally wrong to deny gays the right to marry? To what absolute standard of morality do groups making this claim appeal? While advocates of same-sex marriage have only to fall back upon their own opinions and reasoning, Christians believe the God of love has already given the world a moral code which enables us as tainted human beings to live in the ultimate freedom. Leviticus 18:22 states, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” Christians maintain that this command was instituted in 1440 BC by the Being who created mankind long before man established any laws of his own. This mandate is surrounded by prohibitions against incest, sacrificing one’s children and having sexual relations with animals. While some believe that acceptance of forbidden practices will lead society to “a better future” (“A Victory for Gays,” Dec. 2), the Bible promises a future of unimaginable pleasures for those who resist these same indulgences: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Love and obedience are complementary.
Christians hold to the truth that God witnesses every action on earth, including all marriages. Marriage was intended to only take on one form: “from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ And He said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united in to one’” (Matthew 19:4-6). Based on the promises of Scripture, I was deeply saddened to read front-page stories of homosexual couples proclaiming, “This is the happiest day [the day the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted] of our lives,” because they are missing out on the greatest joy imaginable by settling for this lesser joy. The Bible teaches people to love sinners (as all of us are) but to hate the sin (I daily despise the sin in my own life). Jesus chose to spend his short life among lepers, tax collectors, and prostitutes whom he loved enough to die for. Jesus never condoned their sins, though, because he knew the greater happiness that would accompany freedom from these sins. Jesus told his followers, “If you hold to my teaching ... Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). This is real freedom. Likewise, genuine Christians do not oppose homosexual marriage to serve their own selfish agendas; we passionately want others to know true wholeness. In “Can We Separate Church and State?” (Nov. 21) I was thankful for one thing: it opened with the expression, “Praise the Lord [!],” and these three words could never be echoed across this campus enough.