Notice the title change?
Same idea on Fridays – different name.
Why? To narrow my focus and (hopefully) not bog you down, I will select five articles I came across from the week that will (hopefully) benefit you.
Due to the sweeping decision made by the Supreme Court on gay marriage Wednesday, what follows are five articles to help you think through this as carefully as possible.
#1. How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness by Russell Moore
“Same-sex marriage is headed for your community. This is no time for fear or outrage or politicizing. It’s a time for forgiven sinners, like us, to do what the people of Christ have always done. It’s time for us to point beyond our family values and our culture wars to the cross of Christ as we say: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.’”
#2. How Should You Explain the Same-Sex Marriage Debate to Your Children? by Russell Moore
“Some parents believe that teaching their children the controversies about same-sex marriage will promote homosexuality. Christians and non-Christians can agree that sexual orientation doesn’t work that way. Moreover, the exact opposite is true. If you don’t teach your children about a Christian way of viewing the challenges to a Christian sexual ethic, the ambient culture will fill in your silence with answers of its own.”
#3. The Gospel is Not a Behavior Control Program by Margot Starbuck
“To receive an ‘other’ as they are, without first mandating behavior changes, requires us to tolerate a bit of anxiety or discomfort. It demands that we release, or at least relax, our natural impulse to announce our opinions. To receive another as they are, and not as we wish them to be, is to agree with the apostle Paul’s conviction that it is God’s kindness that leads to repentance.”
#4. Why Gay Marriage is Good (and Bad) for Your Church by Trevin Wax
“If we truly believe Romans 8:28, that somehow, in some way, God is working all things for the good of those who love Him, then even when the culture swerves in an opposing direction, we ought to expect both benefits and challenges.”
#5. Propostion 8, DOMA, and the Christian Response by Ed Stetzer
“I know it feels like many are reeling from this announcement. As I wrote in November, Christians are increasingly considering the reality that we might be on the losing side of the culture war. In truth, it will take weeks—and possibly months—for us to understand the full weight of this Supreme Court decision.
But we should not panic. It does not help to speak in ways that do not honor Christ. The sky is not falling. Jesus is still King and God is still sovereign.”
What are your thoughts on all this?
How should Christians respond?