Gay marriage and freedom in Christ…

“There is freedom in Christ” does not mean just freedom from sin, but freedom to simply be as you are, without fear of rules and regulations.

Without having to look over your shoulder every moment of the day, wondering who is watching.

Without having to constantly explain your actions to a group of people who know next to nothing about you.

Without having to consider every possible outcome to every little thing you do.

Without having to worry about expulsion for a mistake you have already repented from.

For all the things freedom means you have the ability to do without, it has just as many things you have the ability to do.

To express your opinions.

To ask difficult questions that might not have definitive answers.

To explore the possibilities of God’s personhood outside of what we currently know Him as.

To question authority that oversteps its boundaries.

To invest deeply and passionately in your relationships and community.

To consider that you don’t have the absolute hold on all truth.

We as a Church have this need to definitively explain things the way we see them, with very little room for interpretation or compromise. Throwing it under the guise of “being steadfast in our beliefs”, we fundamentally discard the vital component of our belief system, which is faith. The very idea of faith is that we can’t be certain of all things, which is something all of us would consider to be obvious; yet our actions speak of something far different.

“The Bible is clear that gays shouldn’t be married!”

“Women are to submit to men as the head of the household!”

“There is a Scriptural mandate for slaves to obey their masters!”

I’m sure reading that last statement makes all of us cringe at least a little bit more than the rest, but all three come from views of what the Bible has to say; and to be honest, the Bible has a few passages that very clearly state sentiments of each idea. Yet, that last statement is universally lauded against and explained away, without any consideration of the first two possibly needing to have the same treatment. These are the fallacies of thought and action we give ourselves over to without fully allowing the freedom of Christ to permeate our entire lives, not just one specific subset of them.

Taking the issue of gay marriage into account, I posit that it is absolutely possible for someone who is opposed to the idea of homosexuality to be completely for homosexual marriage. In fact, I even know a few of those whack jobs. They are incredibly loving people who hold a very special place in their hearts for those on the fringes of the Church, and only want to do everything within their grasp to bring them into the fold. The reasoning is that though they may disagree on something like human sexuality, that doesn’t require vehemently seeking legislation from a secular government to regulate their ability to receive the benefits a heterosexual couple would receive. Almost every Christian believes and shouts for joy that the “law is dead” and there is only Christ, yet law-making is the way to go for a number of our brothers and sisters. It’s an odd juxtaposition to see that spiritual laws are no longer necessary due to the atoning sacrifice of Christ, yet secular laws are imperative.

In a cultural context of a Christian stuck in a foreign land, we are very quick to turn that land into our home through legislation and regulation. If Earth is not our home, then why are we so eager to make it look that way?

It’s unfortunate that we don’t allow the idea of “freedom in Christ” to shine for the glory that it is, as opposed to actually making it look less appealing.


9 thoughts on “Gay marriage and freedom in Christ…

  1. Jared Frickin Murray:

    Do you think this is the approach the Christians in the first 300 years of the faith took to living in a whole world which had never had any Christian influence previously?

    If yes, what evidence do you have for this?

    If no, why should Christians today take a different approach than they did?

    Looking forward to your reply.

  2. I honestly have no clue what the first Christians in history did, as there really isn’t any proof of anything I have come across yet.

    The only thing I’m advocating for is Christians realizing that legislating their moral imperatives in a secular society isn’t exactly the mandate Christ gave us.

  3. CG says:

    “In a cultural context of a Christian stuck in a foreign land, we are very quick to turn that land into our home through legislation and regulation. If Earth is not our home, then why are we so eager to make it look that way?”

    Why did God tell the Jews exiled in Babylon to seek the good of the land where they were exiled?

  4. You’re talking about a time in which the Jewish people were attempting to establish themselves and find a home in a land of people that did not even know who the Jewish god was. We are not in those times anymore, and the comparison does not hold up.

  5. Jared: Apparently you don’t believe in the history of Western Civilization, I guess?

    Let’s start here: what was the status of Marriage around 100 AD in the Roman empire?

  6. @bairet says:

    When it comes down to the vigorous opposition to gay marriage, I often wonder how that energy could be better spent furthering the Kingdom.

  7. Leslie Hamilton says:

    What I don’t understand is why this whole thing has to be marriage. The Church doesn’t marry every married couple out there. In fact, it is completely within the power of the State to marry two people. Does that not disturb Christians? The government has taken over your sacrament entirely, giving it to whomever it wants!

    Personally, I am not pro gay marriage because clearly Christianity (which is maybe the initiator of marriage? I don’t know) wants nothing to do with it (although current polls say that more people are pro-gay marriage than against it). But there is no way a person could possibly be against civil unionship based on a constitutional argument. Being that the constitution is the work by which we determine law (not religious belief), I don’t understand how there is even an argument.

    That being said, I understand your point that a person can be pro-gay marriage and yet think homosexuality is wrong. I think owning a gun is an unnecessary risk yet I am not necessarily for more gun control. People should have a right to do what they want so long as it doesn’t alienate the rights of others. And I’m pretty sure what someone across the street does in their bedroom doesn’t really effect me. Let me check….nope. Never before have I felt MY rights were hindered in anyway.

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