Here’s a message to gay America as voters in North Carolina go to the polls today to decide the fate of Amendment 1, a ballot measure that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the Tarheel State’s constitution:
Don’t attack those who vote for the measure as “gay haters.”
I voted for a similar measure in my state. And it was not because of any animus I have toward gays – some of whom I count as valued friends, some as respected colleagues and some as beloved members of my very own family.
I simply believe that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God. And I refused to check my Christian convictions at the door to my polling place when the issue of same-sex marriage appeared on my state ballot.
Some suggest that it is inconsistent for those who share my views to fully accept gays as friends, colleagues and family members while, at the same time, denying them the right to marry same-sex partners.
But it’s actually consistent with Christian doctrine, which teaches that we are to love the sinner, while hating the sin.
Indeed, I’ve had congenial relationships with individuals I suspected of adultery or illegal drug use or working in the sex trade. I did not condone their aberrant behavior, their sinful conduct. But I treated them with loving-kindness as I prayed that they would come to repentance.
Now if they had sought society’s blessing of their immoral lifestyle – if, say, the acquaintance I suspected of being a paid escort joined a movement to legalize prostitution – I would have strenuously opposed them.
Just as I oppose homosexual activists who demand society’s acceptance of their ungodly lifestyle. Who insist that they should enjoy the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.
Supporters of same-sex marriage say that those of us who stand against them on moral grounds are religious bigots. Some even go so far to defend the homosexual lifestyle as to invoke the words of Jesus, who said, “Judge not lest you be judged.”
But, of course, they conveniently ignore something else Jesus said:
“Go and sin no more.”