One of the most controversial issues in America today is the subject of gay marriage. It is such a heated and divisive topic that many Americans try to avoid discussing it all together. Even Christians struggle with their stance on gay marriage. Many Christians do not want to take a side on the subject for fear of antagonism from proponents of either side of the debate. However, Christians should not have to struggle with taking a stance on the issue, as the Bible gives clear instructions on the matter. Sadly, though, some Christians find themselves, for any number of reasons, supporting gay marriage and homosexuality in general. Many Christians feel pressured into accepting homosexuality, for fear of oppression. This is the case with Christians in Seattle, Washington, where gay marriage has recently been legalized. An article on this issue states that, “believers in the Evergreen State worry about losing their religious freedom and breaking new anti-discrimination laws unless they submit to the gay agenda.” Furthermore, anti-Christian acts have already occurred in other states where gay marriage has been legalized. Some of these acts are: “Homosexual activists terrorize pro-marriage rally. Homosexual activists terrorize Boston church. Disruption of a church meeting of ex-gays by blasting loud shrieking sounds through a church window.”
Despite this oppression, however, Christians should not waver on their support of Biblical values of marriage. Jesus told His people, “then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.” In a recent class discussion, we talked about intimacy with God, and how God created marriage to mirror intimacy with Him. We were designed to experience physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy with God. We can only experience this intimacy, in our human form, in a Christian marriage. The fall of man created a separation between God and man, and between man and woman. We can only mend this separation through the pursuit of Godly relationships. We cannot find satisfaction or true intimacy through gay marriage or any other kind of ungodly marriage or relationships. As Christians (who struggle with a higher divorce rate than non-Christians) we should seek to support the Biblical ideal for marriage and settle for nothing less, despite any pressure to do otherwise.