Recapping The Gay Marriage Conversation On The Blog Last Week

Last week a little post I wrote on how Christians might respond to the question of homosexual marriage went viral. Like 280,000 views in the first 50 hours viral. The blog post was popular enough to get picked up by my friends at Christ and Pop Culture magazine and got some traction there. The story was also picked up by a local paper, The Waco Tribune Herald. Finally, a local radio station interviewed me about the blog post during a popular local morning show.

In light of this overwhelming response there are a few folks I need to thank:

1) The Triune God. Thanks for opening some doors so that Your Bible could be proclaimed. Wherever this blog post went the truth of Your Word was lifted up. Well played, Jesus. Well played!

2) Everyone who shared the post on facebook, twitter, and other forms of social media. All 260,000 of you. This post got traction because friends and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends shared this post. Obviously my readers are the best readers in the world, with impeccable tastes in online content, and probably the most holy, sanctified Christians on the planet. Thanks for all y’all did to put this post out there. And, please keep sharing.

3) Everyone who read this post and lovingly sent back some critical pushback via comments and social media posts. Several astute Christians pointed out that my exegesis of Ephesians 4:15 needed more nuancing, since the immediate context for Paul was the community of believers. Yep, I needed to clarify. Also, several other commenters noted how curt I was with my comments about Rob Bell’s accommodating tendencies. That was spot on. My Catholic readers pointed out that I was a bit Protestant-heavy in my reading of Scripture. True. Thanks to all of your comments. They helped to keep me humble and accountable to the Church. Keep the comments coming.

Many readers have noted the lack of readable content on the Christian way of responding politically to the Gay Marriage debate. I would humbly point readers towards two articles that aim to equip believers on how to think, pray about, evangelize, and engage gay friends for the Gospel within the political debate.

1. Are Gay Rights the New Civil Rights? A black Christian theologian and pastor addresses the claim that gay rights and civil rights operate under similar merits.

2. The Persuasive Arguments for Gay Marriage? A pastor talks honestly about the appeals for the political arguments for gay marriage and where the appeals fall short.


About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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14 Responses to Recapping The Gay Marriage Conversation On The Blog Last Week

  1. bboerman says:

    With all respect to my Christian family, I have yet to see a single reconciliation of the current political activism of Christians against the clear counter-example of Christ Himself, Who consistently and completely refused to be allied with any political agenda — even the most theologically orthodox political agenda. Likewise, the Early Church followed Christ in obedience in the face of adverse political circumstance, yet never attempted to Christianize contemporary politics, until centuries after the death of the Apostles.
    And yet here we are proclaiming a “Christian” political agenda rather than an apolitical Gospel.

    • Jeff Porter says:

      Well said. The staus of same-sex/opposite-sex marriages under civil law is an entirely different issue from the types of relationships sanctioned in the Bible or other religious teachings. One does not need to believe same-sex marriages are consistent with Christian teachings to believe that same-sex marriages should be recognized under civil law equally as opposite-sex marriages. The failure of Christians to recognize the distinction between the civil and the sectarian religious has poisoned the Church with an attitude of hatred, spite, arrogance, ignorance and pettiness toward those who do not share the same beliefs, all in the name of Jesus. I ask for the forgiveness of our LBGT friends and pray for God’s mercy.

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