This topic has risen up a few times recently and in fact as of April 2013 a staggering 14 countries have passed legislation to permit gay marriage, the most recent of which is France. My country, South Africa, passed it in 2006.
I have also found some Christians who claim that the bible has nothing to say about it, or that its ok.
Before I quote the bible let’s first take a detour. What is hate speech?
Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. – US Legal Definitions
Hate speech has a specific legal meaning. It differs from country to country. But generally speaking it means… saying things that incite others to be violent towards someone or towards a group of people.
Intellectual discussions are not hate speech. Here is a very good overview of the tension between freedom of expression and hate speech in international law.
Free speech is vital to human dignity. It is the cornerstone of every democratic society, because it is an enabling right — a right that allows individuals to argue for their enjoyment of all other rights
Therefore, before I begin to quote the bible, I will remind you that God is love and Jesus Christ showed love towards all us sinners. Yes us… you and I included. But. Both God and Jesus Christ spoke about the judgement that comes on sinners.
Therefore, I ask you to bear in mind what the bible says about homosexuality (and by extension gay marriage) but at the same time to also bear in mind that God loves people – even while He hates their sin and they come under His judgement. Judgement is His. Your job is to love people.
Scriptures speaks clearly and unambiguosly about homosexuality in Romans 1…
26 For this reason, God delivered them to degrading passions as their females exchanged their natural sexual function for one that is unnatural.
27 In the same way, their males also abandoned their natural sexual function toward females and burned with lust toward one another. Males committed indecent acts with males, and received within themselves the appropriate penalty for their perversion.
It is quite clear from this passage that homosexuality is considered to be an unnatural sexual function, indecent, degrading passion and sexually impure.
That scripture should be sufficient, but if its not, here are another four…
Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act…
1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
1 Timothy 1:10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, [ Or kidnappers.] liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching
How should you respond to someone’s sin of homosexuality?
I ask you please to respond in the same way that you will respond to my sins which I have committed… and to your own daily sin which you ongoingly commit… respond with the love that I need. Respond with the grace, compassion, care, support, forgiveness, prayer, kindness that you need.
The Bible says homosexuality is a sin and the solution to the problem of sin (the breaking of God’s Law, 1 John 3:4) is found only in Jesus Christ. He is the Lord, the Savior, the risen King. Jesus is God in flesh (John 1:1,14) and he died to save sinners.
We are all sinners and we need salvation (Eph. 2:8-9) that is found in receiving Christ (John 1:12-13).