One of the major arguments for “gay marriage” is equality. Proponents both inside and outside of “church” organizations often claim that they are fighting for equality. When they encounter failure in secular or religious political fights, they claim that the decisions went against equality. When they encounter political victories, they claim that equality has won out.
Let us for a moment examine the argument for equality.
Do self-identified homosexuals have fewer political/church rights than those who do not identify themselves as gay? Do they have the same marriage rights?
The answer of course is a resounding yes. They have exactly the same rights as all others. They have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex, just as anyone else does. They do not have the right to marry someone of the same sex, like all others. What is actually being attempted is a redefinition of marriage, not a rights issue. This has nothing to do with equality or fairness.
Within my own PCUSA there are several groups who exist for the sole purpose of the promotion of full acceptance of homosex behavior, often using the argument of equality. The argument is made that active self-affirming unrepentant homosexuals are banned from leadership positions within the church, and are therefore “unequal”. They therefore fight for the equality of homosexuals, including the arena of marriage.
In fact, the term equality is often used to frame the debate. This is completely dishonest. For one must first provide sufficient proof within a Christian context that God recognizes homosexuality as a personhood identifier. There is no definitive scientific/biological or even psychological evidence for this, let alone a shred of biblical evidence. Until enough such evidence can be provided which leads to concession from the opposing side, then this argument is fallacious to the extreme.
The fact is that all those who have a sinful homosex bent, are called to repent and turn to God for forgiveness. They are then called to live in obedience to Christ and his infallible word, making them eligible for positions of spiritual leadership. It is the same for those who have a bent for gossiping, or lying, or stealing. All of us are equal, and have the same rights and responsibilities before God. All are sinners, called to repent of our sins and live lives that please God. But those who defiantly reject God’s word, embrace their sinful behaviors, and continue stealing, cannot and should not be eligible for ordination into a leadership position. We are all equal in this.
It is morally irresponsible to frame the issue as one based on equality without bringing sufficient biblical evidence to bear that would show that God recognizes “homosexuality” as a personhood category.
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