how far should christians goto protest same-sex marriage

Same-sex Marriage

The Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. has many Christians in an uproar. Same-sex marriage has been at the forefront of the Christian fight since 1971 when the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled “the institution of marriage as a union of man and woman uniquely involving the procreating and rearing of children within the family is as old as the book of Genesis.” The issue of same-sex marriage has put Christian conduct under the spotlight. How far should Christians go to protest same-sex marriage to get their point across to people who don’t want to hear it?

Christians believe the first marriage was between Adam and Eve. Nevertheless, should Christians be protesting the marriage between Adam and Steve, or should we be using the Lord’s resources in a more resourceful manner? Christian conduct is the real issue at stake here. The whole world is watching how Christians will respond because we are the only Jesus that they will ever see. Before I open the door to your criticism, let’s look at Christian conduct from a Biblical standpoint.

What the Bible Says About Christian Conduct

A Christian is not just someone who attends a church. Christians are people who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ — purely by faith — as their Savior. As Christians, we are called to live a holy life that pleases God (Romans 12:1). As a Christian, I will tell you that it is essential that we spend time in the word of God that we may: (1) learn how to conduct ourselves in a Christ-like fashion (1 Peter 2:9), (2) understand that our fight is not against non-Christians, and (3) know that we are at war with spiritual wickedness (Ephesians 6:12).

To live a Christian life is to live a life that glorifies God by producing fruit (John 15:8). By this fruit, we know that we are disciples of Christ. What is this fruit? The fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These 9 characteristics should be the trademark of Christian conduct.

The first fruit mentioned is love. Without an open display of love, the Christian life is like a noisy horn or a clanging cymbal. Even though we display all the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible, and have mountain-moving faith if we do not display love we are nothing. If we give everything we own to the poor, and though we stand against non-Christian antics to the death, and we do not display love it profits us nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

How Far Should Christians Go in Protest of Same-sex Marriage?

I heard something on the news one day that shocked me to the core. The news quoted Rick Scarborough, a former Baptist minister, and Christian political activist as saying he would set himself on fire if the high court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. But what he really said is, “We (Christians) are not going to bow. We are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn!”

The media took Reverend Scarborough’s words out of context. He later acknowledged, “I made that comment to paraphrase a spiritual song, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, in which the three were given a choice to bow to the image of Nebuchadnezzar or burn in a furnace. ‘We will burn’ means that we will accept any sanction from the government for resisting today’s Supreme Court decision. We will not support any violence or physical harm.” However, Reverend Scarborough did say: “The preachers need to get out front; the leaders need to get out front, out front of these ordinary citizens and say, ‘Shoot me first!’”

Everyone Has the Right to Free Choice

Here’s where I disagree. Nobody has to get shot, in fact, there is no need for conflict. I stand firm in the word of God which clearly states that men should marry women, and women should marry men, and not each other (Titus 1:6Ephesians 5:331 Peter 3:1). However, I believe that just as we Christians have a right to believe and live by the word of God, those who choose to be gay have the right to marry each other if they so choose. We do not have the right to stop them. God has given us all the ability and the right to choose, for God Himself said, “…I have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

No one has the right to force people to believe as they do. That is what the terrorists do. They cut off people’s heads when they don’t see the world through their eyes. If we force people to choose our way, we are no different than the terrorists.

Being a Christian does not give us special privileges in this world. The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal. It is now a law of the land in which we live and the Bible says that we should obey the law, not protest the law (Hebrews 13:17).

We Are the “Light of the World”

Brothers and sisters in Christ, be reminded that we are the light of the world. We are to be examples of God’s love. Although we are to uphold the standard of righteousness, the righteousness of God comes from within. But upholding the standard of righteousness does not make us judges. While we turn on the light of God, we should not forget that we should be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another (Titus 3:1-3).

The Bible tells us that God is love, and He does not force Himself on anyone. We, like the angels of heaven, were created with free will. Unlike all the other animal life on earth, we can choose our destiny. That means we can either accept Christ or deny Him access into our lives. But there are consequences to the choices we make. We cannot expect to live like the devil and then blame God for judging us later, and the Bible says that God will surely judge everyone according to their deeds (Revelation 20:12-13).

The word of God teaches that it is wrong for same-sex couples to marry. I believe the word of God to be true. However, when I stand before the Throne in judgment, I want Christ to remember me for being a disciple and not for opposing Him as a Pharisee.

I would love to hear your views. Join the conversation by posting your comment.

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By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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