You won’t believe the number of pastors forced to preside over same-sex marriages
Same-sex marriage was finalized in 2015 in the fifty of United States. For religious believers this type of marriage is not right because it always been taught that a man would marry a woman and that is the right way in life. A religion that had a significant conflict with the Christian Right seeing this as a wrong and sinful thing.
The reading I was looking at talked about how that pastor by law is being forced to marry the same-sex couple, or a legal measure will be taken against them. A pastor named Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church of Dallas said, “may mean we experience jail time…but as the scripture says, we ought to obey God rather than man, and that’s our choice.” (Para. 3) Showing that if this law is enforced by the government, it had no meaning because the words of God is more important than obeying the law that is written.
Another Baptist pastor Rick Scarborough also agrees with the whole “accepting to pay any fine rather than marrying gay marriage.” (Para 4) Yet, as for the number that pastors, priests, and religious leaders had been forced to marry same-sex, there is none.
In the Bible, there are many sayings about a man being with a woman “that is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” (Gen 2:24) The quote shows that once a man is all grow to leave his family a wife will become with him as a whole like you missing pieces put together to become one piece. The Bible taught that having an attraction to the same sex is ok, and that is fine, but if that attraction turns into an intercourse it’s a prohibited in the teaching. There is an example that is showing somewhere in the Bible “I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women” (2 Samuel 1:26). The teaching of marriage in the Bible always refer to a man and a woman like how God created Eve (a woman) for Adam (a man), yet this isn’t a particular teaching that says that same gender can’t be together. Many of the sayings told us that to love everyone just like how God is the creation and father of all us “this is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:38-39) Treat other how you would treat yourself, and it’s not your job to say who is wrong leave it in the hand of God because he knows what to do.
What is your opinion on same-sex marriage? What is your thought about same-sex marriage being sinful? Do you a agree that marrying someone you love is more important than the gender the person is? Even when same-sex marriage is legal why do you think they still have challenges they have to face?
Instructor’s Note: This is obviously a “hot topic,” but an important one to discuss! In your discussion, be sure to be respectful of your classmates and of both sides of this issue. Focus on the theological ideas and issues discussed in class, especially considering our understanding of Scripture and the Vatican II document Dei Verbum. How are we to interpret these individual passages from the Bible? Is there an obvious or definitive message from the Bible on homosexuality and same-sex marriage? What do we need to ask of the biblical authors to better understand their intentions?
“What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?” What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality? N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.
Arel, Dan. “You Won’t Believe the Number of Pastors Forced to Preside over Same-sex Marriages.” Danthropology. Patheos, 23 June 2016. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.