Rachel Falconer was correct with her scripture references from Leviticus. She was also correct that when Jesus died on the cross, the Old Testament Law ended. However, she failed to mention that homosexuality is considered wrong in both the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.
Many things were forbidden in the time before Christ’s death still applied afterward, homosexuality included, and it is still as much of a sin today as it was then. Romans 1:24-27; I Timothy 1:10 and Jude 7 are all New Testament Scriptures that prove this. If one takes these passages seriously, homosexuality will be recognized as sin. The Romans passage is particularly clear. Ms. Falconer herself said, “If you want to take the Bible literally, then do it fully,” so I respectfully encourage her to do as she tells others to do and “read the rest of the Bible.”
I know several people who are homosexual, they know my stand on this issue and we get along fine. I try to do what God commands of me which is to demonstrate love towards people … even those who are living in sin. I know I am not perfect at this but I continue to ask God for His guidance, as well as seek forgiveness from those I offend during these times.
Romans 13:1-2 is one of several passages in Scripture that refers to the importance of believers honoring governmental authority in general. These verses support the position that the couple is married in the eyes of God when the couple is legally married.
But Malachi 2:14 makes it clear that marriage is also a holy covenant before God. For Christians, marriage is a divine picture of the relationship between Christ and His Bride, the Church. Ephesians 5:22-33 shows that covenant as being between a man and wife. (This passage references Genesis 2:24, showing another example of standards from the Old Testament that did not in the New Testament.)
The problem with a legal process only is that some governments allow couples to go against the laws of God and still be legally married. We as Christians are to submit to governmental authority and recognize the laws of the land, as long as that authority does not violate any of God’s laws. So for a marriage to be recognized by God, it must meet Governmental and Biblical standards.
It is our responsibility as Christians and our right as Americans to oppose unchristian proposals and endorse godly ones. I will do this when I vote for the Marriage Amendment this November. Doing this does not mean that I hate gay people. I only hate the sin, and in this case, the idea of making that sin legal.
Thomas Kase, Cambridge