Lee Jefferson counter-argues my claim in his piece, "What Does The Bible Actually Say About Gay Marriage?" He writes: "Simply put, the Bible is a complicated collection of documents that was never meant to 'speak' to our contemporary situation, but groups often speak through the lens of the Bible and lob textual grenades on issues like same-sex marriage." Top 10 Gay Dating Tips
Hmm. It's easy to see where he's coming from, but I think he's quite wrong. Does Jefferson really believe that the almighty, all-powerful and all-knowing God would lend an old-school guide that Christians would need to ditch in just a few years? Jefferson seems to forget one important detail: Times change, but God doesn't.
Over and over again, God displays that He is an unchangable God. "I am the LORD, and I do not change" (Malachi 3:6, NLT); "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17); "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 22:13).
God was the same God when He created the universe as He is today. When divine inspiration crafted The Bible, it was meant to last the ages. Its messages were meant to teach across generations and throughout nations. God wouldn't have given Christians an outdated manual. Everything He needs His children to know is still right there within the pages. Gay Marriage: Do We Follow The Bible Or Follow Our Hearts?
And although Jesus never taught specifically on homosexuality, the apostle Paul did. In the New Testament, Paul touches on the subject in multiple places. In Romans, he talks about God's reaction: "So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself... That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other" (Romans 1:24-1:26 NIV).
God was hurt by their actions. And the unchangable God is still hurt today.
So, homosexuality? God isn't a fan. He has said so since the very beginning of time, since the early parts of the Old Testament through the New Testament writings of Paul, so I tell you this with complete certainty. But before you stop reading, consider something more.
You know what God really isn't a fan of? God just isn't a fan of sin. All sins hurt Him.
Often when this debate rages, over Christianity and gay rights, advocates and opponents seem to forget that it's not just homosexuality that God has expressed His disfavor toward, it's sin in general. It's lust, greed, murder, adultery, lies, abuse, rage, premarital sex—the list goes on and on. God has declared many acts sinful in nature, and yet we partake in them anyway.
Luckily though, that's what grace is all about.
I'm sure Jesus would treat any sinner the same way, much like he treated the adulterous woman. When a crowd wanted Christ to sentence her to death by stoning, he shocks the bystanders with a message, His message, of overwhelming grace. "'If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her'" (John 8:7 NIV). When no one takes him up on the offer, he continues: "'Neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin'" (v. 11).
Bottom line? God hates sin. But He loves the one who commits the sin. It's why He sent Jesus to die, because He loves humanity that much—no exceptions. Whether we are Christian or Jewish, white or black, men or women, gay or straight, He offers salvation based on Christ's sacrifice and no other requirements. Paul wrote that God "wants everyone to be saved and understand the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4 NLT), and that's what Christian attitudes toward gay marriage and homosexuality should reflect.
And I believe that's what most Christians' attitudes toward gay rights really do try to reflect... God's love, the Bible's truth and salvation as the ultimate goal for all humanity.