Our culture has accepted two huge lies: The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.
1. It is a sin. “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). We cannot vote to uphold sin in another person’s life, even for the sake of getting along. We need to do what is best for them.
Few issues divide our culture more than the topic of gay marriage. On one side of the divide people see increasing acceptance as an attack on marital institution and evidence of a degrading society, while the other believes itself to champion the latest step in the civil rights movement, and both claim persecution. In the struggle between these two camps, Christians are deciding which ledge to dive for and many find themselves on the opposite side of the chasm from loved ones. Not cool.
So, before continuing, please understand that this article is an exercise with certain a priori. For the sake of argument, sidestep the bulk of the discussion for a moment with me and assume the conviction of one side – that homosexuality is inherently sinful. Even so, a question must still be asked and answered by Christians so inclined. That is, “how should Christians vote concerning gay marriage?”