Regardless of what the Supreme Court does on the issue of gay marriage this week, a blog post by a local pastor is generating quite a bit of buzz. And for once it's the good kind of buzz.
Doug Hankins is with Highland Baptist Church here in Waco and posted this week not about gay marraige per se, but rather how to talk about gay marriage.
(For the record, this picture of a "protest" oustide the Chick Fil-A on Franklin Ave is an example of how not to engage the debate.)
This is not to say you have to agree with his approach on how Christians should handle the topic, but it's a good read no matter what your position.
When it comes to the gay marriage question, I think Christians would be wise to follow Paul’s advice:
Today the Supreme Court will debate the future of the political definition of marriage. I, personally, don’t have much hope for this discussion ending up on the side of the Bible’s definition. There are several God-centered folks who will make some political arguments for the traditional definition of marriage. I am not someone who would be good at speaking into that world. That is not my calling.
All this being said, I am not ultimately saddened by the prospect of the government taking a position that may be contrary to Scripture. My hope rests, not in horses or chariots, but in the Name of the Lord. I will continue to follow Paul’s advice no matter what the government decides. I have been and will continue to love God, lift up Truth, and love people. I hope my gay friends will truly practice the tolerance they talk about by respecting my position.
For the purposes of public (public policy/political) discussion, it's important to note the distinction between political definition and one's own or a religious definition. I'm not sure Mr. Hankins would agree with me here, but what the Supreme Court or government does or does not to regarding gay marraige has zero to do with my own marriage or my own family. That's my focus. I don't need the government to decide one way or another in order to validate my own views - on anything. And if you think government "protecting" marriage by defining it as this or that is going to somehow save society, then you implicitly acknowledge government must sign off on your views, institutions and beliefs for them to be valid.