Australia is about to vote on whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalised. What has been very strange for me is to see so many Bible-believing Christians who are seriously considering voting “Yes”. So I want to leave aside all the tangential, political issues for a moment, and look at the biblical case that homosexuality itself is simply a bad idea.
Romans 1:26-27 says the following:
For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
According to this passage, a homosexual lifestyle is something that God gives people over to, as a consequence of our continued rebellion. Theologically, it is part of the “passive wrath” of God. It is a natural consequence of our continued sexual rebellion, which God allows us to experience so that we will see that sin leads to death.
How then could I, as a Christian, encourage same-sex marriage? How could I not try and discourage people from something that I consider part of God’s wrath? If I love them, I will hope that they could be spared from that suffering. So out of love, I will be voting “No”.
There are many people, very dear to me, who are same-sex attracted. I will still love them, I will still care about them and I hope I can still have a good relationship with them. But I cannot, in good conscience, encourage them towards a lifestyle that I think is deeply harmful to them. I love them far too much for that.