I got an interesting comment from Darel on my post about why I support gay marriage even though I’m a Christian.
I agree with you that Christians should not show bias to certain sins over others. It’s also true that if we are to ban Gay lifestyle and marriages, then we should ban a whole lot of other actions, such as worshipping other gods, which includes Islam, as it’s considered sin as well. But we contend the latter is extreme. However, the government should not seek endorsement of Christians on matters that definitely conflict with their faith, such as seeking a stamp of approval on Homosexuality. Furthermore, care should be taken to ensure that Christians can still publicly claim homosexuality as sin, and offer help to those that seek it, as well as other mobilize campaigns in a non-offensive manner.
It’s interesting that Darel noted that “the government should not seek endorsement of Christians on matters that conflict with their faith, such as seeking the stamp of approval on Homosexuality.”
See, many Christians (including my own father) believe allowing gay marriage is cosigning homosexuality, and that if we legally allow gay couples to get married, then we are in essence saying homosexuality is ok. Furthermore, many Christians expand on this idea, and say that “allowing” this type of sinful behavior in our country creates a culture in which sin is tolerated rather than condemned.
However, making something allowable by law does not necessarily mean one agrees with it from an ethical, moral, and/or religious standpoint. To use Darel’s example, he conceded that “worshipping other gods, which includes Islam, is considered sin as well…but we contend [banning Islam and other religions] is extreme.” (Side note: Technically one could argue Islam doesn’t worship “another God” as Darel contends. Abraham, father of the Jewish and Christian faith through his son Isaac, is also father of the Muslim faith through his son Ishmael, who was technically born before Isaac but outside of wedlock. Therefore one could argue that if Abraham is the father of both Judaism/Christianity and Islam, than Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all worship the same God [at least originally]. However, even though we worship the same God, the path to salvation and atonement differs with each religion. But I digress…)
So like I was saying, Darel agrees that we can’t ban other religions and worshipping other gods because that would be extreme. But, to expand on Darel’s example, what if we made it illegal to build Islamic mosques in America? Or what if the government prevented Islamic groups from obtaining the proper building and occupancy permits to use a structure strictly because the building was to be used for a mosque (which actually happened in Tennessee)? If we allowed this to happen, technically we aren’t making the practice of Islam illegal, but we are preventing the practice of Islam through the law.
Unless you’re an ultra-right wing radical, most rational Christians would admit that restricting the building of mosques is fundamentally against our Constitutional First Amendment rights (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…“) Allowing gay marriage from a legal standpoint is like allowing Muslims to build mosques. Just because, as a Christian, you are ok with Muslims building mosques doesn’t mean you’re cosigning Islam. The same logic should follow, then, that even though a Christian is ok with gay marriage, that doesn’t necessarily mean that person is cosigning homosexuality and giving it a “stamp of approval”.