The nation is becoming more and more polarized, and, in my opinion, there is no greater polarizing issue than that of same-sex marriage. My own view as a Christian is that sin is sin. And, as a Christian, I do not choose to love on the basis of whether or not a person is living in sin–if that were the case I, the chief of sinners (as Paul described himself), could not love myself. All of my friends are sinners, some saved by grace, others lost in their sin.
The Bible contains a long list of sins, some of which can be found in 1 Cor 6:9, 10. While I’m not guilty of the entire list, I must confess my guilt to some of the sins on it (sorry, no specifics.) In the eyes of God, sin is sin. But the REALLY GOOD NEWS is found in the succeeding verse, “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”
So, here’s my point: we can not legislate morality, and we should not legislate immorality. Do I accept sinners? Of course! Can I accept their sin? And, by that, I’m asking, “Can I condone their sin?” Of course not!
To paraphrase an old cliché, “Some of my best friends are sinners!” And you can insert whatever sin you’d like in place of the word “sinners.”
It’s not gay marriage that’s polarizing us; it’s sin. I’m sorry if I offend, but the message of Christ crucified is, itself, is a stumbling block and an offense (I Peter 2:8).
Meanwhile, battle lines are being drawn, and polarizing statements are flowing. My answer is, “I choose Christ, having been washed, sanctified and justified in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!”