I awoke this morning with a thought experiment that might be interesting to try out. When someone says that opposition to same sex marriage is immoral (or disrespectful, demeaning, unjust, unloving, or whatever term they might use), ask them how they know this. On what basis is it immoral?
They can’t just say it’s obvious, because it’s clearly not obvious to us or even to the president, until last year. If they claim it’s unloving, you can show them how it is loving, both to the homosexuals, who try as they might will never succeed in becoming one with another person, and to their children, who will grow up without a mom and a dad, and this on purpose.
They can’t appeal to nature, because any biology class proves them wrong. It’s instructive how the same people who claim that some conservatives are denying science (with evolution and climate change) deny the empirical facts of biology that are the very cause of their existence. I don’t enjoy wading through this smut (I feel a bit like the fellow who must watch the movies to report on them to parents), but last night on The Daily Show John Oliver thought he disproved the argument from nature by showing a clip of a dog humping another dog’s face. “This is natural!”, he screamed. Of course, the reason he and his audience laughed was because the clip was exceedingly unnatural–there was a standard that this dog was violating, which is the very reason he showed the clip. It is that very standard which homosexual behavior violates. Oliver and his audience could not see this, but instead proudly proclaimed that homosexual behavior is tantamount to one dog humping another dog’s head. Which somehow supported their position. Is there a more perfect illustration for the noetic effects of sin?
If the person appeals to Scripture, well now they’re in big trouble, for Scripture is clear and direct on this topic. Of course, they will claim that it’s hard to understand, but this is a convenient subterfuge. Scripture’s stance on homosexual practice is exquisitely transparent, and anyone who doesn’t see this has an agenda.
So should you encounter someone who claims your beliefs about marriage are unloving or immoral, say fine, on what basis? It could be a helpful conversation, hopefully one that will lead them to Jesus.