Monday, June 29, 2015

Evangelical reactions to marriage equality

Amidst the flurry of responses from Evangelical opponents, some are a bit unhinged. 
• Texas could refuse to allow licenses; the governor appears obsessed with the subject.  (But does this mean Catholics can refuse to serve people on their 2nd marriage, and orthodox Jews can refuse to serve those in mixed faith marriages?)
While the fringe of opponents will be there, they are like the fringe of racists who also remain as we sadly were reminded in the last few weeks.  Others will grapple with the subject and occupy a place of tension and discernment. 
“I’m very conflicted about it,” he said. “I believe, as our church does, that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I don’t believe in discrimination, and I can’t say how I would deal with it if I had a son or a daughter in that situation.”
And then there are the sensible ones:
It boggles the mind that evangelicals in America have long seen this ruling coming, but we have fought tooth and nail in what many suspected to be a losing cause. So many millions of dollars and hours were tossed into legal battles that were a long shot at best.

And yet, we have always had financial resources, competent charities, and passionate workers who are more than willing to travel to the ends of the earth to fulfill the very words of Jesus. If we collectively gave these most basic causes just a fraction of the time and energy that we had devoted to fighting same sex marriage, who knows how many thousands or millions of lives could have been saved.

We have been given a gift: The Supreme Court ruling means we can stop throwing our time and money into fighting same sex marriage and fulfill the words of Matthew 25.


The longer we engage in legal fights against same sex marriage, the more apparent it becomes that we’d rather throw ourselves into any losing cause than obey the most basic commands of Jesus.
Something we all could do together.

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