10/1/2012 1:00:00 PM Letter to the Editor on Minnesota Marriage Amendment
In just a matter of weeks, Minnesotans will vote on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment. Should marriage be defined as only between a man and a woman? For the Christian, it raises a number of questions.
What does the Bible say about homosexuality? One Scripture of many is Romans 1:26-27: "God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error." Words used to describe homosexuality include degrading, unnatural and shameless.
Is sexual sin worse than other sins? There are plenty of suggestions that sexual sin is much more devastating than any other sin. I Corinthians 6:18 says, "Run from sexual immorality! Every sin a person can commit is outside the body. On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body." Christian author Jack Hayford wrote, "Sexual sins are not harder for God to forgive, but they are more damaging at a personal and social dimension than any other sin". Hayford goes on to share about the guilt and shame that seem so much more intense with sexual sin than any other sin.
How should a Christian act toward someone who is gay? With love like everyone else! Sexual behavior shouldn't make any difference in whom we love and respect though, we may not agree with them. If someone is picked on or bullied because of sexual orientation or behavior, Christians should be the first in line to stand up for them.
So what about the Minnesota Marriage amendment? Should Christians vote yes for the amendment to protect the definition of marriage as between a man and woman? It's clear that this amendment would agree with the Biblical definition of marriage, though there are plenty of Christian convictions that are not laws of the land. It's certainly not against the law to abuse alcohol, cheat on your spouse or not go to church. But perhaps the question to be asked is, is redefining marriage to include gay marriage good for society in general and Minnesota in particular? Study after study shows that cultures throughout history prosper when marriage is between a man and a woman. Many historians believe there is a strong connection between the demise and collapse of culture and the redefinition of marriage and the family. That's why, though I care not to force my views on others, it makes sense to amend the Minnesota constitution to protect the current definition of marriage. Marriage between a man and woman is not only Biblical... It is good for our state and our country.