|I Now Pronounce You
"Husband & Husband"
By Steve Higginbotham
July 6, 2005
The headlines say it all... "United Church of
Christ Endorses Homosexual Marriages." This past
week, at the United Church of Christís 25th General
Synod in Atlanta, Georgia, a resolution was presented to,
"affirm the rights of gay, lesbian and trans-gender persons to
have marriages equal in name, privileges and responsibilities
to married heterosexual couples." The resolution was
overwhelmingly approved. I might also add that there was also
a "one man, one woman" resolution offered, but it was
condemned as discriminatory.
Here are a few of my thoughts regarding the above news:
- Name Confusion. Due to the similarity between the
designation "United Church of Christ" and the "Church of
Christ," there will be people who mistakenly believe that
local Churches of Christ approve of such sinful
behavior. This should serve to remind us that there is more
to being a Christian than just wearing the name of Christ.
Even one of the United Church of Christ preachers made the
following statement following the adoption of this
resolution. He said, "If we're going to call ourselves
Christian and be followers of Christ, we need to follow his
teachings on marriage."
- ...Having Itching Ears. The Bible warns of a time when
people will have "itching ears" and will turn away from the
truth and be turned to fables" (2 Timothy 4:2-4). How else
does one explain this event? The Bible is just too clear on
this topic to miss what it teaches. It reminds me of what
Jeremiah said long ago, "An astonishing and horrible thing
has been committed in the land; The prophets prophesy
falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and my
people love to have it so" (Jeremiah 5:30-31).
- Postmodernism. This philosophy simply refers to the end
of the "modern" period in which people relied upon logic,
reason, and rationality. Postmodernism refers to philosophy
in which people rely less on logic, reason, rationality, and
more upon feelings and emotions. In an effort to end what
they consider to be "hurtful discrimination," they have
arrived at the position they now espouse. Forget about the
absolute truth of Godís word on the matter, and consider the
feelings of these poor individuals. This is the approach
these people are using, as well as many others in our
society, just like them. What amazes me is not that some are
defending homosexual marriage, but that they Bible even gets
honorable mention in the whole discussion.
Friends, what we are witnessing in the United Church of
Christ is the natural progression of leaving the absolute
standard of Godís word and substituting with the subjective
standard of manís "think so."
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