I’ve noticed recently that two friends have become fans of “Gay Marriage” on Facebook. The fan page has a lot about “rights” and marriage. Their main picture is the one to the right here.
The interesting part is that I couldn’t discern what right that I had that they did not have. I, as a man, have the right to marry women. They too have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. Isn’t it a new right for people to marry someone of the same sex?
I completely support equal rights for all people: the right to life because people are created in the image of God; the right practice your religion according to your conscience; the right to free speech. But aren’t rights based on something? Ultimately they are based on God. But more immediately they are based on the well being of mankind (well being as defined by God). So marriage promotes families that can have children and raise their children. The right to practice your own religion keep you free from violating your conscience, though not from violating God’s law. The right to free speech ensures that God’s word can be preached and interpreted publicly. Marriage between two people of the same sex is not based on the improvement of society or the creation or revelation of God.
Then we have to ask, why are they only fighting for marriage between two people? Why not 2, 3, or 4? And why is it still restricted to a certain age group, over 18? And why aren’t animals allowed to participate (free vet bills because you can marry your dog and your employer has to cover insurance)? This is all sarcasm of course. But I think it brings out the emphasis on gay marriage being a new right instead of an inequality of rights.
We can also turn to the Bible. I have time to do so only briefly. First, what does God describe as an abomination? Any sexual sin is an abomination to God. A false balance and lying lips are an abomination to God (Proverbs 11, 12). And, in the end, anything that is exalted among men is an abomination before God (Luke 16:15). With that in mind, yes, the act of homosexualality is an abomination. But our task is to impress upon all people the holiness of God so they will see all sin as an abomination and requiring the sinner to repent whatever the sin is.