On Saturday, President Obama delivered a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, one of the most ardent gay-rights organizations in the country. He promised to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to abolish the Defense of Marriage Act, and to sign into law the Matthew Shepherd hate crimes bill that was just passed in the U. S. House of Representatives. None of this is surprising, though it does seem inconsistent with his 2008 campaign statements affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
What was astonishing, however, was his open admission of what his real goal is. He’s not simply trying to change the law. He wants to change society.
“There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors, even loved ones â€” good and decent people â€” who hold fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes; who fail to see your families like their families; who would deny you the rights most Americans take for granted. And that’s painful and it’s heartbreaking. . . My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians â€” whether in the office or on the battlefield. You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.”
There is nothing moderate about this aspect of the President’s agenda. President Obama is advocating nothing less than a social revolution, one that stands foursquare against a Christian definition of marriage. He wants the entire country to embrace his vision for human sexuality, even if it means leaving behind “outworn arguments” like what we find in the Bible. What President Obama doesn’t seem to realize is that when he uses phrases like “outworn arguments,” he doesn’t sound like someone who wants to have a conversation, but like one who thinks the conversation is already over.
Make no mistake. There are many of us who continue to “hold fast to outworn arguments.” How could Christians do any less? The Bible plainly teaches that marriage is the covenanted union of one man and one woman (Gen 2:24; cf. Matt 19:5; Mark 10:7-8; 1 Cor 6:16; Eph 5:31). The Bible also teaches that homosexuality is a sin (Lev 18:22; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10). Nevertheless, it is clear that this teaching is precisely what the President and the Human Rights Campaign would overthrow. Thus, Christians can never embrace this revolution and still be Christian.
We are in the midst of momentous changes in the very fabric of our society. The earth is moving beneath our feet. Where we end up still remains to be seen.