As you are probably already aware, the Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. On the day the ruling came down from on high, accompanied by a cascade of rainbows and celebration and retaliation, I can readily admit that my initial reaction was disappointment.
It is difficult to pinpoint why I was disappointed, however, because it is not as if the ruling came out of left-field (perhaps that isn’t the best expression given the circumstances). Perhaps the sadness came from the inner parts of me that still hoped reason and restraint would prevail this time. At any rate, I would imagine that one of your first thoughts was “what now?” What now and what does this mean for the children that we are attempting to raise to be able to think critically, live Biblically, and act lovingly? So this week, I am providing a list of resources and articles that have surfaced on the web to help us think, respond and proceed well in the coming days and years.
When is the right time to begin training your family and discussing these things with your children? Brett Kunkle has a video on the Stand to Reason website that provides the answer to that question. The time to begin is now, (before they were born, really) and in whatever way is developmentally appropriate for them.
It is our job as parents, youth leaders, pastors and community members to be informed and to think carefully about why we believe what we believe. This is a good time to regroup, take a deep breath, and proceed in a way that points to Jesus and is marked by loving perseverance. By informing ourselves and grounding our thoughts and actions in the Word, we can more effectively teach our children and prepare them for the world that they are a part of. Thank God for the brothers and sisters who have taken the time to write and research and teach us in the following articles.
Top Christian Resources on the Marriage Debate (Books, Articles, Videos, Podcasts on Gay Marriage/Same-Sex Marriage)
“It’s the most difficult and contentious issue facing Christians in the Western world today, and we all need the best possible information available. This is especially true in the U.S, now that the Supreme Court has made gay marriage the law of the land.
This page presents some of the best biblically-informed books, articles, videos, and podcasts on the topic. It’s not a comprehensive list; there is much, much more that could be included. But it’s a reliable list that covers the major facets of the debate.
Scroll down the page for links relating to:
- Defining Marriage (What Marriage Is)
- Sexuality (gender, orientation, sexual identity, etc.)
- Sexual Morality
- Christians’ Relationships with LGBT Persons
- Biblical Issues
- Religious Freedom
- Government (Courts, Legislatures, President, Governors, Elections, etc.)
- School and College
Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage
“We must stand with conviction and with kindness, with truth and with grace. We must hold to our views and love those who hate us for them. We must not only speak Christian truths; we must speak with a Christian accent. We must say what Jesus has revealed, and we must say those things the way Jesus does — with mercy and with an invitation to new life.”
Read the full article here.
Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins
“Distancing ourselves from both the left and the right, we don’t celebrate homosexual practice, we acknowledge God’s clear revealed word that it is sin; and we don’t hate those who embrace homosexuality, we love them enough to not just collapse under the societal pressure. We speak the truth in love into this confusion, saying, simultaneously, “That’s wrong” and “I love you.” We’re not the left; we say, this is wrong. And we’re not the right; we say, you’re loved. We speak good news, with those sweetest, deepest, most glorious words of the cross — the same words that God spoke us — “You’re wrong, and you’re loved.””
Read the full article here.
Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage
from Christianity Today
“The redefinition of marriage should not entail the erosion of religious liberty. In the coming years, evangelical institutions could be pressed to sacrifice their sacred beliefs about marriage and sexuality in order to accommodate whatever demands the culture and law require. We do not have the option to meet those demands without violating our consciences and surrendering the gospel. We will not allow the government to coerce or infringe upon the rights of institutions to live by the sacred belief that only men and women can enter into marriage.”
Read the entire statement here.
Videos from the Gospel Coalition regarding same-sex attraction and outreach
Q&A video titles include:
- WHY IS SAYING “SAME-SEX ATTRACTION” IS A CHOICE SO PROBLEMATIC?
- WHAT DOES EARLY DISCIPLESHIP TO A HOMOSEXUAL INDIVIDUAL LOOK LIKE?
- HOW CAN A PASTOR MINISTER TO A GAY MEMBER WHO CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH SEXUAL SIN?
- HOW DO WE WORK TO ESTABLISH LANGUAGE, IN THE CHURCH, THAT DOES NOT ALIENATE SAME-SEX MEMBERS?
View the entire list here.
But What Does the Bible Say?
“As Christians living in the midst of controversy, we must keep three things open: our heads, our hearts, and our Bibles. Don’t settle for slogans and put-downs. Don’t look to bumper stickers and Facebook avatars for ethical direction. And don’t give up on the idea that God has a clear word and a good word on this issue. God has already spoken, and he specializes in gracious reminders, so long as we stay humble, honest, and hungry for the truth. After all, man does not live by bread alone (or sex alone), but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4).”
Read the entire article here.
More Resources for Understanding and Discussing the Marriage Decision
from Stand to Reason
This page has links to help you understanding the Supreme Court ruling, as well as a book recommendation.
I hope that these resources are helpful to you. If you have another in mind that I’ve missed, PLEASE let us know on our Facebook page and we will add it to the list!