Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dark Territory: The Gay Marriage Debate

The world is thinking, talking, debating, and considering a major topic in American society. On December 6, 2008 Newsweek had a cover story on gay marriage (http://www.newsweek.com/id/172653). In it, author Lisa Miller makes the case that the Bible says nothing negative about gay marriage and a homosexual lifestyle, summarizing her thoughts on those who oppose gay marriage, "Religious objections to gay marriage are rooted not in the Bible at all, then, but in custom and tradition (and, to talk turkey for a minute, a personal discomfort with gay sex that transcends theological argument)."

Newsweek has since provided a follow-up story with two authors of contrasting views engaging in a debate (http://www.newsweek.com/id/175223/page/1).

Bloggers around the world have also engaged in the issue: (e.g. http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2008/12/newsweek-on-gay-marriage.php).

I am no expert so I will not weigh in today, but instead, I choose to offer up a prayer for our country:

Father in heaven,

You created every person and even though we rebelled and sinned against you, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and offer salvation to Your children. Father, help us to sacrificially love those around us with the same love you have shown us. Teach us to debate, dialog, and discuss sensitive issues with healing grace. Help us to obey and trust You more each day.

In Christ's holy name, Amen.

1 comment:

Sharon Sparks said...

Amen.