[NB: Awhile back I wrote an article about how I believe that all Christians can come out in support of legalizing gay marriage (click here if you would like to read it). The position is simple: God, not the government, defines marriage. Thus, fights about the definition of marriage should take place in Christ’s Church. Regardless of what it is called, the government institution of marriage is something different. This is my position, so today I am writing on behalf of those who vote against me.]
I am going to make a simple argument in the midst of what I find to be some quite thoughtless name-calling (explicit and implicit) against the backdrop of the current Supreme Court hearing: Many Christians who oppose gay marriage are not bigots.
This misrepresentation has been caused by our culture’s contemporary view of truth as it relates to religion. Our culture, for the most part, only allows for religious people to have values. This is difficult, because a religion such as Christianity claims not values, but truth that exists outside of the individual agent. God communicated some of this truth that exists, to which humans can either bend their own will or ignore. But from the Christian position, one cannot simply call truth a value and relativize it. From this position, the questions of the homosexual act of sex and the genders of those who marry were decided from eternity. They did not choose their position. It was chosen for them.