Question: “Many argue that opposition to same-sex marriage is similar to the opposition that was against interracial marriage. Do you agree or disagree?”

Reply: Great question! I’ve never had this one before. But I totally disagree with this argument. Here’s why…

The Bible says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” (2 Corinthians 6:14) That says nothing about interracial marriage, but rather speaks to unions made between the “righteous and the unrighteous”, and “light with darkness”. Though there may be many cultural obstacles to deal with in an interracial marriage, and, therefore, unwise for some, I have not seen anything in the Bible that condemns it or even advises against it. This is not a sin issue, in other words.

On the other hand, same-sex relationships are plainly condemned in the Bible. This is very clearly a sin issue. (Romans 1; Leviticus 18:22; Leviticus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, examples) It was God who created marriage. It is God who established the parameters for marriage. To ask God to bless the union of “one man and one man”, to my understanding, is to mock Him and His authority in this area. Having been gay myself and involved in long term gay relationships that we deemed the same as marriage, I always knew that I was living outside the expressed will of God and would never have asked God’s blessing on my sinful union. I just couldn’t! The only way I could have “peace” in my relationships was to leave God out of them entirely. Whenever I began thinking about God, or wishing Him back into my life, I would realize my guilt for living out of harmony with His expressed will for me.

In short, the argument against same-sex marriage is based upon a plain “thus saith the Lord.” It is not an argument initiated by supposed “bigoted, narrow-minded, prejudiced Christians”. It is an argument initiated by God Himself and accepted by loving and lovable Christians who only want to follow Jesus and allow Him to be Lord and Master in every area of one’s life. Yes, of course, there are those intolerant types of “Christians”, as well, who argue against same-sex marriage out of hatred and prejudice, with the wrong spirit and attitude. But the argument is Bible based and should be made in love and compassion, offering help and hope to those who will receive it.