I’m fascinated by this double standard.
We live in a day that if someone genuinely loves homosexuals, but believes with Paul of Tarsus and the early Christians that the homosexual lifestyle is sinful . . . just as adultery, slander, stealing, and lying are sinful . . . and if they believe that gay marriage runs contrary to God’s idea of marriage, a sizable portion of the American population will call that person either “homophobic” or a “bigot.”
This is specious thinking at best.
What is more, not too long ago, President Obama was quite vocal about his opposition to gay marriage, yet I don’t remember a single person calling him a bigot or homophobic.
Here are two direct quotes from Obama:
“What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman . . . What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting.” Obama in an Interview with WTTW Chicago public television in October 2004.
“I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage . . .” Obama in an October 2010 interview with Joe Sudbay.For my thoughts on homosexuality and the Bible, including “the third view,” listen to my recent podcast episode.
See also Rethinking Homosexuality