Yesterday on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Albert Mohler offered a counterpoint to Lisa Miller’s “Religious Case for Gay Marriage.” It was a fascinating conversation, and I thought Dr. Mohler made a compelling and winsome case.
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Lisa Miller’s argument falls apart when a caller confronts her about polygamy. The caller points out that it is totally inconsistent for Miller to support gay “marriage” while opposing polygamy. Lisa Miller’s appeal to women’s rights as a basis for excluding polygamy fell flat. Dr. Mohler agrees with the caller and argues that if marriage is defined as anything other than the union of a man and a woman then there’s no logical reason for limiting its definition at all.
At the end of the day, the debate shapes up as a debate over the authority of scripture. Those who favor gay “marriage” do so by marginalizing or undermining what the Bible has to say on the matter (which is exactly what Lisa Miller’s article attempts to do). The “religious case for gay marriage” is really just a subterfuge. It offers a way for people to feel good about themselves for being “religious” while rejecting what the Scriptures teach.
This is not just any rationalization; it’s the most dangerous of them all.