By Julie Roys
What I’m about to say is irrelevant. At least that’s what a Christian brother who tries to build bridges with the gay community recently told me. You see, I believe Christians should oppose gay marriage; but, this brother says whether civil governments allow gays to marry or not is of no consequence. After all, gays already can adopt and their agenda is promoted in the public schools. Already, children are exposed to gay couples, forcing Christian parents to discuss the topic with their kids. Legalizing gay marriage, he says, will change nothing, he says. But opposing same-sex marriage, this brother argues, will continue to alienate a community that Jesus longs to reach.
The latter point, I concede, is a regrettable consequence of opposing gay marriage. And, I suppose if I agreed that same-sex marriage is inconsequential, that point alone would motivate me to drop my opposition. But same-sex marriage is not inconsequential: it threatens the family, society, the church, and even Christianity itself.
I realize that’s a bold claim. But understand, marriage is not the end game for gay activists; it’s simply a plank in a much broader agenda. And, at the end of that agenda is abolishing traditional marriage altogether.
In 1972, the National Coalition of Gay Organizations met in Chicago and devised an action plan. This plan included infiltrating public schools, presenting homosexuality as a valid, healthy lifestyle, and permitting child custody and adoption. It also called for the repeal of all legislative provisions restricting the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit. In other words, gay activists eventually want to legalize polygamous and even group marriages.
Two years ago, gay activists took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to publish a statement called “Beyond Gay Marriage.” This statement boldly advocated governmental recognition of diverse kinds of households and families, including those with “more than one conjugal partner.” About the same time, Advocate magazine ran an article describing a Massachusetts man who cohabitates with his wife and two male lovers. The article described the quartet as the “queer version of Big Love” – an HBO drama series featuring a man who has three wives. But it gets worse.
As Douglas Kmiec, a law professor at Pepperdine University, writes, “judicial approval of same-sex ‘marriage’ will metastasize into the larger culture.” This, he argues, will result in a push to demonize and punish faith communities that refuse to bless homosexual unions. Already, the Obama administration has hinted that the government may refuse financial aid to students attending colleges with prohibitions against homosexuality. Also, the proposed federal hate crimes legislation threatens to punish anyone who even speaks out against homosexual behavior.
Lastly, Christians need to realize that legitimizing homosexuality de-legitimizes Christianity since the Bible holds that homosexuality is wrong.
Legalizing gay marriage is not irrelevant. And should it happen, Christian parents may not merely have to explain homosexuality to their children. They may also need to explain why Mr. Smith has a husband and a wife; why their teacher believes Jesus was a bigot; and why their pastor can’t read certain portions of Scripture to the congregation.