Thank you for your provocative and helpful comments on my previous post (“three questions”) concerning homosexual practice. I learned from you that churches and religious organizations are legally allowed to discriminate against practicing homosexuals and that no, there is no solid ground for a gay-friendly redefinition of marriage.
I didn’t think I needed to say this, but for the record, I stand with the Bible against every form of sexual sin, including premarital, extramarital, and enthusiastically marital sex. So while I am not condoning any of this—except the enthusiastic part—the topic of this post is not about that (though I can’t stop you from bringing it up).
Adam’s question in the thread about celibacy in the Old Testament raises an interesting question. My initial response is that God tolerated rather than accepted polygamy among the patriarchs. But I can imagine Adam raising the next logical question, “In that case, why can’t we tolerate homosexual marriage?”
Which brings me to today’s question: which do you think God thinks is worse, polygamy or gay marriage? I’ll put Randy down for “War!”, but for the rest of you who actually try to stay on point, I’d be interested in hearing your line of reasoning.
Note #1: It’s clear that our society thinks that polygamy is more perverse, while African cultures would uniformly say that it’s gay marriage. Why do these cultures differ, and do one or both differ from God’s perspective?
Note #2: Don’t tell me that all sins are the same. I agree that is true on one level (all sin is rebellion against God), but it’s obvious that some sins are more perverse than others. Ask yourself if you’d rather have your neighbor curse at you or shoot you, and you’ll know what I mean.
Note #3: To those of you who think that my question is too negative—“which do you think is worse?”—feel free to switch it and tell me which sin you think is better.