This week, the nation’s largest Baptist association, the Southern Baptist Convention, voted this week to firmly and resolutely uphold “God’s definition of marriage” as between one man and one woman in a lifelong, covenant relationship. Of course, the responses were immediate and often filled with vitriol.
But my question (actually a couple), since I did title this “Quick Question” is this:
- Does taking a stand on marriage, as based clearly on the Bible (what this denomination lays claim to being it’s foundation to all things of faith and practice), automatically make the organization “anti-gay”? (Indeed – what does the term anti-gay REALLY mean?)
- Does taking a stand on marriage, as based clearly on the Bible automatically mean that you “hate” anyone?
Does this not ooze of the same logical fallacies as the automatic label of “racist” when one opposes the policies and general political ideology of President Obama?
I am personally glad to see a major denomination actually taking an official stand on this issue. I would like to say, in all fairness, that I would also like to see them take an equally firm stand on all sorts of sins that are plaguing our nation and world – there are plenty chiseling away at what little is left of our moral foundation as it is.
I’m also glad that the association in which I serve, the BMA of America, is also int he middle of the process to include the Biblical definition of marriage in our Constitution/Articles of Cooperation. And a summary look at the constitution of the little church relaunch that I lead will find that we too have articulated the Biblical definition of marriage into what we believe and live by.
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Here is the text of the resolution, for those who might be interested:RESOLUTION 5:ON THE CALL TO PUBLIC WITNESS ON MARRIAGEWHEREAS, God in His divine wisdom created marriage as the covenanted, conjugal union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:18– 24; Matthew 19:4–6; Hebrews 13:4); andWHEREAS, The Baptist Faith & Message (2000) recognizes the biblical definition of marriage as “the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime,” stating further, “It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race”; andWHEREAS, God ordains government to promote and honor the public good and recognize what is praiseworthy (Romans 13:3–4); andWHEREAS, The public good requires defining and defending marriage as the covenanted, conjugal union of one man and one woman; andWHEREAS, Marriage is by nature a public institution that unites man and woman in the common task of bringing forth children; andWHEREAS, The Supreme Court of the United States will rule in 2015 on whether states shall be required to grant legal recognition as “marriages” to same-sex partnerships; andWHEREAS, The redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples will continue to weaken the institution of the natural family unit and erode the religious liberty and rights of conscience of all who remain faithful to the idea of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife; andWHEREAS, The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, including those who disagree with us about the definition of marriage and the public good; now, therefore, be itRESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 16–17, 2015, prayerfully call on the Supreme Court of the United States to uphold the right of the citizens to define marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman; and be it furtherRESOLVED, That Southern Baptists recognize that no governing institution has the authority to negate or usurp God’s definition of marriage; and be it furtherRESOLVED, No matter how the Supreme Court rules, the Southern Baptist Convention reaffirms its unwavering commitment to its doctrinal and public beliefs concerning marriage; and be it furtherRESOLVED, That the religious liberty of individual citizens or institutions should not be infringed as a result of believing or living according to the biblical definition of marriage; and be it furtherRESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention calls on Southern Baptists and all Christians to stand firm on the Bible’s witness on the purposes of marriage, among which are to unite man and woman as one flesh and to secure the basis for the flourishing of human civilization; and be it finallyRESOLVED, That Southern Baptists love our neighbors and extend respect in Christ’s name to all people, including those who may disagree with us about the definition of marriage and the public good.