The debate surrounding same-sex marriage has been all over the news and internet this past week. I’ve gotten questions about how to respond as a follower of Jesus and since so many others have already responded, I thought I’d just share some of the articles that have been the most helpful to me.
- Colin Hansen on How to win the public on homosexuality. I appreciate how Colin identifies the sin underneath the sin. That’s the issue, what drives our desires.
- Ed Stetzer on how Christians should respond.
- Trevin Wax on Why we lose this debate too often. This is a couple years old, but so helpful. Again, he talks about the sin under the sin and the need for repentance.
- Geoff Surratt shares his thoughts.
Here’s a helpful video of Tim Keller answering the question.
A couple of years ago Matt Chandler did an hour and a half of teaching, followed by 40 minutes or so of answering questions from the audience, on this subject. This is tough to handle well. Some pastors harp on this issue in a disproportionate, condemnatory way. Others, swinging the pendulum in the other direction, don’t want to appear insensitive or right-wing and thus avoid it altogether. So it takes courage to tackle it head-on without being a jerk.
In the first video below Chandler begins by tracing the biblical storyline. In the second video, he gives some basic responses to several street-level objections, like:
1. If you’re not hurting anyone else, what’s wrong with it?
2. Since you’re a sinner, too, who are you to call out others?
3. Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality.
4. Some animals have same-sex relations, so if it’s in nature it must natural.
5. The homosexuality condemned by Paul is a different type of homosexuality than we see today.
6. Revisionist arguments from modern scholarship.
He also talks about the way in which he seeks to engage in dialogue with homosexuals in a gospel-centered way.
In the third video he fields questions via text message—e.g., on how parents should handle their adult kids who are gay with partners coming to visit (via Justin Taylor).