Christianity And Same-Sex Marriage

Note: The following video and text are a speech I delivered for a public speaking assessment on April 19, 2009. The text shows the speech, as prepared, and the video, as delivered.

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am Kenton Chance and I am going to tell you why Christians are reasonable when they oppose same-sex marriage, based on their religious beliefs.

The Western world has come a long way since the days when the British hung people for engaging in homosexual activities.

However, notwithstanding the progress that society has made in accepting homosexuality, religion, specifically Christianity, can be used to argue against same-sex marriage.

Many people dismiss religion when it is tabled as a reason to oppose same-sex marriage. They say marriage is a civil right and not just a religious sacrament. In many instances, this is true.

But whether or not we believe in God, religion reflects human frailty and the Bible offers some principles that have been proven to lead to a happier and healthier society.

As Lisa Miller puts it is her Newsweek article “Our Mutual Joy” of December 15, 2008, “…the Bible is a living document, powerful for more than 2,000 years because its truths speak to us even as we change through history.”

In a speech titled “Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy: Understanding and Engagement with Orthodox Christianity in Russia, the Middle East & Europe”, Elizabeth Prodromou of Boston University said this month that that religion, specifically Christianity, has historically played a role in nation-building in the United States.

The assistant professor of international relations said that religious ideas informed the particularities of U.S. identity. This, she said, is seen in the conception of the rights articulated in the Declaration of Independence as divinely granted.

Dr. Patrick F. Fagan, of The Heritage Foundation in his a paper “Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability”, said that in the decade ending 2006, research documented the physical and psychological benefits of religion to individuals, families, and the society as a whole.

And while America”s founding fathers underscored the need for a strict separation between religion and state, they also understood the vital role that religion plays in a free society.

In George Washington”s farewell address to the nation, he said that religion and morality were indispensable among the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity. He cautioned against the belief that morality could be maintained without religion.

Religion then is not just about God. It is also about humanity”s quest for self improvement and social cohesion.

True, some who profess Christianity support same-sex marriage. They point to the platonic love that existed between David and Jonathan. More specifically, some mention David’s rending his clothes at Jonathan’s death and the song David wrote as he grieved for Jonathan.

However, there is no scriptural evidence that what existed between the two men was anything more than a deep-rooted platonic friendship.

The Bible, the highest source of Christian morality, does say that homosexuality and other sexual perversions, including heterosexual sexual activity with an individual to whom one is not married, is morally wrong.

In 1 Corinthians 6, the Bible says the sexually immoral will not see God.

Christians who support same-sex unions are then condoning an act that the Bible explicitly condemns.

In Romans 1, the Bible says homosexuality is practiced by the godless and the wicked who suppress the truth.

In such a situation, the Bible says, “Even … women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.”

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the unadulterated word of God. It is not religious fanaticism thwarting the scriptures for selfish end.

Christian opposition to same-marriage is not informed by the extent to which same-sex couples can be happy in a marriage. It is not about a couple’s procreative potentials. It is not about being conservative or liberal. It is not about the best environment in which to raise a child. It is not about the wisdom of tradition. It is not about setting a dangerous precedent. It is about religious principles and beliefs. And that’s why true Christians appose same-sex marriage.

Thank you very much!


11 thoughts on “Christianity And Same-Sex Marriage

  1. “and the Bible offers some principles that have been proven to lead to a happier and healthier society.”

    It has.

    It also offers some principles that have been proven to lead to a horrible, violent and destructive society.

    You have your religion and are welcome to it. I would never want to take it from you. And, as you are under your religion, you should never marry someone of the same sex.

    But your religion should not be law.

    • Thank you for your comments. I am not suggesting that Christian principles should be law. I am just making the point that a Christian view on same-sex marriages is not without merit. In one of my earlier drafts, I did mention some of the ways in which religion has been used to legitimize and perpetuate injustices. I decided to edit it out because my speech was too long. However, I am writing a full-length paper on Christianity and same-sex marriage, which I will post after it is returned by my professor. This speech was adopted from that paper

  2. I love this, respect to ya kenton. keep preaching like this in your articles and you’ll see lives being transformed for the better. God bless!!

  3. A religion does portray the morality a society values, yet as time goes on, society changes, can a religion that lasts over two thousand years still be applied in the modern society? Not exactly. Many ideas are no longer feasible or acceptable as humanity undergoes uncountable tremendous changes, which is why people somehow ‘selectively’ follow the descriptions in the Bible.

    Christianity has its own reasons why it fights against same-sex marriage, it rings its own bell to remind us how traditions used to be. It’s being appreciated since the modern values, ideas, beliefs may not necessarily be right and vice versa. But then again, how many of those ideas preached in the Bible are supposed to be applied in today’s world while we, human beings, have learned and moved on so much from the past?

    As far as I’m concerned, I do not hold any particular support or opposition toward gay marriage. But I can’t help but wonder, God betrays the natural rules/relations when he had Mary conceived without having experienced an intercourse with any man (because naturally a woman and a man have to have intercourse with each other to bear a child, not to mention other physical challenges and whatsoever), so what’s so irritating with same-sex intercourse?

  4. Peggy seems misdirected and i understand because i have been there many times but what i can say to her is this: The word of God(bible) is from yesterday, today and tomorrow(past, present and future). Some day she’ll come to understand this. Take care and Jesus loves you.

    • 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
      14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
      15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
      16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
      17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
      18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
      19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
      20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
      21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
      22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
      23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
      24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
      25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
      26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
      27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
      28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
      29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

      Matthew 7 (KJV)

  5. In Genesis, God created man then a woman, nothing else. We try to change God’s plans in so many ways. Read the Bible people; it will always be there, the best guide for living right – what’s ever your religious beliefs are, God is our true guide. Keep up the good works, Kenton!

  6. Hi Kenton
    I like your easygoing yet forthright approach to this subject which has caused many to stumble. God is the one who lays the ground rules and no one can change them. Society needs to keep up with the Bible, and not the other way around. Our attempts to modernise what the Bible says has left society in shambles and we are paying the terrible price today.
    May God contiue to shine on you and may you help someone come to the light.

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