I recently shared part one of this article which contained reasons ten through six on why a born again Christian should be fighting for gay marriage. Those reasons spoke to realizing the spirit of “peace on earth, goodwill to our fellows” and similar principles in the lives of Born Again Christians if they supported gay marriage.
Now here we are and I am buying you a second cup of coffee with more urgency than before. I don’t mean to be dramatic, but while the first five reasons were around immediate effects of acceptance , reasons five through one speak directly to the Christian legacy and the souls of its believers.
The 5th Most Important Reason Why a Born Again Christian Should Fight for Gay Marriage: Morality. Some Christians believe that by declaring homosexuality to be a sin, and gay marriage a travesty, that they have answered the moral question and the issue is settled. It isn’t.
Those wishing to be “good gay people” have to grow their rules organically since they have been shut out of “morality” by this judgment. So an alternative set of rules develops with the alternate environment influencing the mainstream, potentially unraveling guarded precepts. If Born Again Christians want a say in defining the ultimate morality in partner relationships, they need to embrace gay marriage and contribute their voice.
The 4th Most Important Reason Why a Born Again Christian Should Fight for Gay Marriage: Family. In 1950 78% of families were lead by married couples. In 2010, that figure was 48%. Not only does that mean that the anti-gay marriage definition of what constitutes a family is now the minority, it means that it is disintegrating and a steady pace. Families therefore are being redefined. That is not a threat for Born Again Christians, it is a factual reality. To pretend it is not happening and attack the people who want essentially the same model that you do will result in the ultimate abandonment of that structure. To preserve it, you need to support gay marriage and its commitment to the nuclear family concept.
The 3rd Most Important Reason Why a Born Again Christian Should Fight for Gay Marriage: The Bible The Bible has been wielded like a weapon, mislabeled as legalistic, paternalistic constitutional “laws” , and simplistically anointed as “The” word of God. It has become a target for intense scrutiny.
The Bible will be degraded under examination. Why? Because everything its detractors say about it is true. It was constructed from thousands of sources and there were hundreds of versions, and a single one of those was translated and then later re-translated with prejudicial intentions another hundred times over. Many who were the “wisdom” behind all this interpretation were the same ones who tortured, launched Crusades, disparaged common science and fed their own greed.
The Bible has spiritual, historical and inspirational merit, but by continuing to hold it up as the sole source of their anti-marriage agenda, Born Again Christians will tarnish the Bible’s reputation forever.
The 2nd Most Important Reason Why a Born Again Christian Should Fight for Gay Marriage: Jesus Christ Christians are to embody Christ as the Savior and light to the world. Through participation in endeavors like fighting gay marriage, Christians have failed in this mandate. Miserably. It is not an exaggeration to say that not only are non-believers not attracted to Christ because of works by His followers, they are actively repelled.
Your most important spiritual purpose is at stake here. By supporting gay marriage, you live Christ’s second commandment…and begin the process of igniting the Truth and Love tin which you believe into the experience of others.
The Most Important Reason Why a Born Again Christian Should Fight for Gay Marriage: Your own character. Jesus gave the single touchstone to the integrity of a person: “by their fruits shall ye know them”. By opposing gay marriage, Born Again Christians have demonstrated rotten fruit. If they were to “win”, there are no winners. Gay families would exist and struggle. Teens would continue to feel demonized and commit suicide. Born Again Christians have the option to have the character of charity and generosity or the character of someone like this man spewing condemnation and hate Which of these people do you want to be?
I’ll look forward to our next cup of coffee.