Would Jesus Attend a Gay Wedding? Hmmm… What do you think?
Since Jesus was the ultimate example of love, wouldn’t it be a loving thing to do to attend the gay wedding of a friend or acquaintance? Or would Jesus decline the invitation because He wouldn’t want to give the impression He was supporting gay marriage or homosexuality?
Although it may be hard to determine what Jesus would or wouldn’t do, we can explore some biblical truths as it relates to this very relevant topic that more and more Christians will be facing in the future.
1. God Says Homosexuality Is Sin
For sake of time and space, I don’t want to spend time here addressing the political issues surrounding homosexuality, gay marriage, or the equal rights debate. Those are essentially off topic for our discussion here. So politics aside, let’s talk about what God has to say.
We know that Scripture states God created marriage to be only between a man and a woman, coming together as husband and wife, procreating, raising families, and populating the world. (c.f. Gen. 2:20b-24) We also know that God created sex to be enjoyed by a husband and wife within the context of marriage. (See my blog post, Great Sex)
Therefore, any time the sacred act of marriage is being redefined or sex is taking place outside of the context of marriage, it is sinful and wrong. It’s that simple.
Truth: So when we talk about Jesus attending a gay wedding, it is important to make it clear that He would be attending a celebration of something that God says is sinful. (i.e. homosexuality and gay marriage)
2. God Loves Sinful people
Matthew 9:10-12 – While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
When confronted about spending time with sinful people, Jesus responded by saying, these are the people He had come to help. (i.e. spiritually sick) In other words, Jesus came to save sinners, which includes all of us, from the consequences of our sin. (See my blog post, Hell No) And you can’t save sinners by avoiding them!! This is what spreading the Gospel is all about. (c.f. Matthew 5:16)
But it is also critical to note that when Jesus spent time with sinful people, He addressed their sin, told them about heaven and hell, and pointed them back to God. (c.f. John 4:1-30) Jesus had a spiritual goal when spending time with those who needed to be saved. He was on a rescue mission that was motivated by His deep love and care for those who were lost in their sin. (c.f. John 3:16)
Truth: So when we talk about Jesus attending a gay wedding, maybe the real question is “How” He would attend? Would Jesus simply sit and watch and go along with a gay wedding celebration, or would He address the situation and give God’s perspective on the sin that is taking place?
There is a fine line between loving others by showing up to their sinful activities and being honest with them about their sinful activities. We run the risk of sending a false message to a world that needs clarity and understanding about the consequences of sin and the hope found in Jesus. We are called to be God’s ambassadors and need to do it in a way that properly represents Him and the truth of His word.
Would Jesus attend a gay wedding? It depends 🙂
What do you think?
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