As known by everyone, the Supreme Court has handed down its decision of the case of Obergell v. Hodges, which will certainly go down in American history as the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage. This decision, which has practically redefined marriage in all 50 states and re-interpreted the 14th amendment, was met with a polarizing response: celebration from our federal government, jubilation from the LGBT community, and sober mindedness from virtually all evangelicals. I join many evangelicals as a conscientious dissenter from this ruling and recognize that this is indeed a sober moment for our nation.
However, it must also be said that this decision did not take anyone by surprise, as political and social commentators have predicted this outcome for several months. This means that evangelicals have had several months to think through this inevitable decision and to develop a rational, coherent, and biblical response to this decision. Indeed, this is our responsibility; consider the words of the apostle Paul:
Conduct yourselves with wisdom towards outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6
Based on the imperative to this passage, Christians should have a reasoned response to this decision, as well as the topic of LGBT behavior and identity in general. Recently, some family members of mine voiced their dissenting opinion on Facebook about this matter and it led to a wide range of responses. While the conversation among those who disagreed with them remained quite civil, many of the arguments given by those who agreed with the SCOTUS decision are arguments that Christians should be well-equipped to interact with and respond to.
For this reason, I want to start a mini-blog series in which we analyze these arguments, provide a biblical and rational response to them, and give resources for additional study. My hope is that this blog series would be edifying to believers, as we prepare to talk with outsiders who otherwise disagree with our stance. In the next blog, we will discuss the first obvious objection when Christians talk about this topic: the charge of hypocrisy.