It seems inevitable, whenever I read a Christian perspective on Gay Marriage that God’s Law will be invoked. It’s usually invoked with a “slam dunk” sort of statement. You know, that “God’s Law clearly states homosexuality as a sin” sort of argument. Since homosexuality is clearly stated as a sin in God’s Law, then Gay marriage should be off the table. You can see an example of this type of discussion here.
But there is a problem with this argument, even from a Biblical viewpoint….let me explain.
Biblical Pick ‘N’ Pull
There is a problem with invoking God’s Law as support for issues of American Law. First off, there’s the constitutional issue of religious neutrality. Most Christians skirt this issue without much thought, so I won’t waste my time on that one.
The main problem for arguing that God’s Law should apply to American Law, is that according to God’s Law, you are required to follow every jot and tittle. Not just the laws that you like.
So in the case of homosexuality, it is most clearly condemned in the book of Leviticus. I have seen it referred to many times when Christians discuss Gay marriage. But here’s the rub. Leviticus clearly condemns homosexuality as an abomination, deserving of death by stoning. Do Christians really want to apply the full force of Biblical Law to American Law? If not, than why not?
To be fair, some Christians do think we should be executing Gays…but it seems most Christians adopt a much lesser version of disapproval. Most invoke a type of “love the sinner, hate the sin” type of ethos and would never dream of actually killing Gays. They say God will take care of that in the afterlife, if they don’t repent.
The other issue, is one of consistency. What about other laws in the Bible ? Shouldn’t they be regarded as well? Leviticus 19:37 says ‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.’ If we are to be consistent, then we are obligated to follow all of God’s law, not just the ones that support arguments against Gay marriage.
Here’s just a few…
Men can not clip their sideburns (I guess Elvis was on to something)
No one can ever consume pork or shellfish (There goes the roadside diner)
No one can work on the Sabbath (Oh, and the penalty for this is death)
Children who curse their parents are to be stoned ( Stoned with rocks, not weed…)
Rapists are to be punished, by forcing them to pay the victims dowry and marry their victim (don’t think this is the type of Biblical courtship that most women have in mind)
I could go on with a couple dozen more verses that I suspect, very few Christians would actually want as American Law. If you don’t believe me, go check out the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and then get back to me.
All or Nothing
It seems to me the scriptures are clear. You can not apply a pick n pull approach. Either you obey all of the law or none at all. You can not argue that God’s Law should apply and then make exceptions that do not suit you. That’s why I find it intellectually lazy when Christians do so.
It’s all or nothing…and I find that most Christians would rather be called pagans than be forced to obey all of God’s Law. As the New Testament declares, the law was a burden that neither they nor their forefathers could bear.
If this is the case, then why should homosexuals be forced to obey God’s law?