There is an interesting little point-and-counterpoint over at Christianity Today. It is titled “If the Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, What Next?” The three authors make various points, the first one being worried that churches will “exclude and ostracize”, the second who says, “We must offer—even mandate—robust premarital counseling for church members” and the last who “would be honored to spend time in dialogue with gay couples.”
There is nothing horribly wrong with what is said by any of the authors of this article. It is a little annoying to hear the constant whining from “pastor” types today that we must be ever-so-careful not to ruffle anyone’s feathers when we talk about sin. But that is not the point here.
My guess is that some editor at CT dreamed up this trendy title and theme, and then asked these three to write something (quickly) about it to ‘catch the wave’ of interest on this topic with the current Supreme Court hearings on the matter. The problem is that very little of what is said has any direct connection to legalizing same-sex marriage.
If the Supreme Court ‘legalizes’ same-sex marriage, the ‘what next’ for Christians and the church ought to be . . . nothing different than before. That wouldn’t make much of a trendy article, but that’s the nature of reality often.
Consider the (very related) matter of sodomy: before it was legalized it was contrary to the revealed will of God and thus immoral, and Christians and churches should have said so whenever the matter came up. After it was legalized, nothing changed in regard to the church and Christians. Before it was legal, it was not the only sin, though it was one with some serious consequences. After it was legal, it was still not the only sin, but will remain one with serious consequences.
The case is exactly the same with same-sex “marriage” – which is not marriage at all. But even now many people have deluded themselves into think it is. Even now the church and Christians need to be explaining to people the truth that same-sex whatever-that-is is not marriage, and pretending that it is does not make it so. What civil law says bears no direct connection to the reality of such matters.
Should the Supreme Court ‘legalize’ same-sex “marriage” none of that will change, just as marriage will not change. If that should happen, what then? Well then, Christians should continue to do what they always should have been doing about marriage: confessing the truth about it. Our culture, including and especially the Supreme Court, cannot affect the mission of Christians and the church.