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Can Christianity Survive Gay Marriage?

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Our friend, Gene E. Veith, links to Rod Dreher's recent article in American Conservative on the death match between Christianity and the changing sexual mores of America.
This raises a critically important question: is sex the linchpin of Christian cultural order? Is it really the case that to cast off Christian teaching on sex and sexuality is to remove the factor that gives—or gave—Christianity its power as a social force?

Dreher's entire article is worth a read. But Veith's conclusions are stellar:
If Christianity becomes radically marginalized, having no cultural power at all, perhaps Christianity will have to return to its essence:  Christ, the Gospel, the forgiveness of sins.   Because no matter how much people wish to erase anything that restricts them and makes them feel guilty, if Christianity is true (and it is), the moral reality remains.  It’s like thinking we can destroy nature; nature always destroys us.  Sin kills.  People in a society that give itself over to sin will feel those sins.  The Gospel will become good news again.  Christ will save them.  And, ironically, once the Gospel predominates again in the Church, cultural influence–including the Christian view of sexual morality–may well come back as a byproduct.

Read the whole thing.
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  • Excellent!

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  • I think Christianity religion and the church as we have long enjoyed or understood it in the west is about to change significantly, but Christianity as a faith and truth is unchanging and unchangeable.

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  • I don't think that same-sex marriage is a threat to Christianity provided that we rely on preaching the Gospel alone to get our message across. Reliance on imposing laws, in this instance, is counterproductive and becomes a stumbling block to people listening to the Good News.

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  • Guest - John Bauman

    I've suspected most of my life that this was going to be THE issue of great departure/great divide.

    As we manage our interface with our democratic government and society, this is the first issue I can think of that we:

    1. Hold to as truth (that homosexuality is wrong) that has no rationale beyond revelation for believing, but that we insist must inform public policy. Therefore...

    2. It's the first major issue for which we can no longer form a voting coalition by which to have our moral beliefs hold sway.

    By contrast, we needn't rely at all on a revelation to argue our reasons for insisting on informing public policy regarding abortion. We can rationally argue our point on a completely secular platform.

    Not so homosexuality.

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  • Guest - Alberto

    The idea that homosexuality's evilness can only be determined from the Scriptures is ridiculously ignorant. Both the book of the Scriptures and the book of nature attest to the evil nature of that which deviates from the created norm. Even the Scriptures attest to homosexuality being against nature. Humans know God's "righteous decree, that those who do such things deserve to die." They can say "no" because they suppress the truth.

    Either way the politics go, the only sovereign and wise God will still gather his elect and not be hindered; you can take that to the bank.

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  • Guest - John Bauman

    "The idea that homosexuality’s evilness can only be determined from the Scriptures is ridiculously ignorant"

    How so?

    Even framing it as "evil" moves the discussion from issues of nature to issues of morality/religion.

    Homosexuality may be a statistical anomaly, but it's not counter to nature. It is part of nature.

    But if we as Christians hope for homosexual behavior to diminish as much as possible, it seems to me that the only means of doing so at our disposal -- the only Scripturally suggested means of doing so -- is to convince people of the rightness of Scripture. Then if, indeed, Scripture declares homosexuality wrong, then the increased number of people who believe the authority of Scripture might then choose to act counter to their nature.

    We're not going to get anywhere in our democracy by legislating our morality when we can no longer form a coalition that agrees with our morality.

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