Richard Cohen’s Op-Ed for The Washington Post this morning takes issue with The Manhattan Declaration. In particular, he rails against the Declaration’s stance on same-sex “marriage.” The bottom line of Cohen’s argument in favor of same-sex “marriage” is his own personal experience. He writes, “I know of children raised by same-sex partners and they seem no worse for the experience.” He also writes that “Some of the declaration is couched in religious terms, and with that I cannot argue. But it is its appeal to common sense that I find so appalling.” In other words, he argues that “common sense” and his own personal experience trump the religious basis for the Declaration.
Whether he realizes it or not, this is exactly this kind of logic that prompted the Declaration. Cohen only underlines why such a Declaration was necessary in the first place. As our society and its laws move in the direction of affirming same-sex “marriage,” the pressure will increase for believers to abandon Christ’s teaching for “common sense” and personal experience. Faithful Christians must not cave in to such pressures. If the law of the land ever commands what God forbids or forbids what God commands, then believers must disobey those unjust laws. The Declaration simply reminds Christians of this biblical responsibility.
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, “We must obey God rather than men.”