Last night I happened upon this interview between Piers Morgan and Rick Santorum from last August. In it, Morgan accuses Santorum of being a bigot for supporting policies that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Piers Morgan criticized Santorum for his Roman Catholic beliefs, and I think Santorum parried the questions really well.
It struck me as I was watching this that all of us who hold the traditional view are going to have to face this challenge at some point. Popular opinion seems to be moving against the sanctity of marriage, and we will all be challenged eventually to give a defense of the biblical view. You may be called a bigot. You may be called hateful. Are you prepared to give a defense?
For Christians, we are not primarily concerned with advancing any political agenda. We are interested first in foremost in the advancement of the gospel. How will we speak about this issue in a way that is clear and compelling? How can we speak faithfully when so many people will label us bigots for holding to the Bible?
Not long ago, I gave my answer to that question in a sermon I preached at my church. You can download it here or listen below.[audio:http://kenwoodbaptistchurch.com/podcast/media/2011-07-26_denny_burk_7172011.mp3]
Here’s my outline:
I. Speak the Truth (Romans 1:26-27)
II. Speak the Gospel (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
III. Speak Humility (1 Timothy 1:8-17)