Yesterday I drove through Mitch McGary’s hometown and realized this Buckeye was going to “cheer” for the Wolverines tonight. I’ve got three reasons:
1. Rick Pitino (don’t Google Pitino and Applebee’s)
2. It’s not football.
3. Speaking of football, it might be a long time until Michigan will be able to compete with Ohio State, so in the name of competitive balance I’d like to see them win something.
During the drive I listened to “On Being,” an NPR show that featured an interesting conversation on gay marriage between Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institute and David Blankenhorn. They both now support gay marriage, the former only recently and the latter because he is gay.
Two parts of the conversation stood out to me:
1. When they opened the floor for questions, David was asked how a gay couple could consummate their marriage, given that the sexual equipment of the two partners doesn’t exactly fit. David seemed irritated by the question and gave an extremely weak answer. He said that their marriage would be consummated through gay sex and the fact that the gay partners really do love each other.
I think there is an opening here to explain how it can be loving to gay people to oppose gay marriage. If sex is a reflection of the perichoresis of our Triune God (John 17:21-23), then gay sex will always frustrate both partners because it stops short of the oneness of the perichoretic God who made us in his image. Regardless how much a gay person yearns for his partner, he can never become one with him. This matters, both to God and to the gay person.
2. David said that he doesn’t think he will succeed, but he is warning gay people not to press their advantage and force everyone else to agree with them. He noted that it’s tempting for oppressed minorities to oppress their oppressors once they win their freedom. He said this will probably happen but he hopes not, for America is a big country with lots of diverse people and no one should be made a prisoner of conscience.
I appreciate David for seeing this problem and for having the courage to speak up to his side about it, but he is probably right about the oppression that is coming our way. It may not be long until pastors, photographers, florists, tuxedo and bridal shops will have a choice to make: either serve both traditional and gay weddings or get out of the wedding industry altogether.
In Concerning Idolatry, Tertullian argued that Christians should not serve in any occupation that is in any way tainted with idolatry. This category included astrologers, officers of the state, mathematicians, schoolmasters, professors of literature, gladiators, frankincense sellers, enchanters, magicians, and all forms of painting, modeling, and sculpture. Tertullian said that if this command prevented a Christian from earning a living, well, there are worse things than dying.
We might disagree about some of the items that Tertullian excluded from Christians (he held an extreme Christ vs. culture view), but it’s interesting that there have always been tasks that Christians thought they shouldn’t do. Until the imminent future, that didn’t include weddings.