Same-sex marriage has been the topic you use to stir up controversy for years now. Political parties have been divided and businesses sued all due to how this topic drew a proverbial line in the sand daring people to stay on the opposite side and not support the movement. Today, if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and fear-monger. All you have to do to see that is look at how the Duggar family has been attacked recently as well as Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. It is either support us or else. How did this country get to this place? How did we arrive at this point in history? Is there any chance for recovery from it? Is there any chance for the Biblical perspective on marriage to stand strong again?
Is homosexuality a sin? Is God really ok with people who practice homosexuality? Should Christians support marriage between homosexuals? How should Christians and churches respond? In the name of the “new tolerance” Christians are being shut up and people are trying to change what the Bible says to defend their lifestyles. So how should we as Christians respond? So what is or should be our response?
That is where this book comes in. Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet do an excellent job at covering the topic of same-sex marriage in-depth. This book helps people understand this: “Same-sex marriage is here. It went from unthinkable to legal at a dizzying pace. The question is: Now what?” (Front cover) This topic matters, especially to followers of Christ who want to stand with the Bible and its truth. There is a battle that will continue to be fought and for Christians, it is imperative that we know what we believe, know why we believe it and know how to defend it.
Throughout this book there is never a harsh word written towards anyone who labels themselves a homosexual or gay. You will not find it. There is no fear-mongering or trying to get people to see gay people, as unequal or unworthy of human rights. You will not find any hatred. This book is written in a loving but truth seeking manner. Same-Sex Marriage is about helping Christians learn to live “fully engaged in the world.” (Back cover) If we want to move forward and defend the Biblical definition of marriage, we need to understand a few things. We need to understand how the homosexual movement got us to this place, we need to be willing as the church to learn from the past and then we need to be able to look forward to the future and use what little voice we have left in the public square to stand for truth. If we truly want to engage the world around us as Christians should, then we need to be able to “balance humility, conviction, truth and hope.” (Back Cover)
Let me share 5 meaningful and powerful quotes from the book with you:
“A strong marriage culture brings stability to the lives of the individuals who are involved and to the entire community.” (p. 49)
“Unfettered freedom is destructive. Marriage brings incredible freedom, but only when properly understood.” (p. 127)
“Regardless of our words, reality hasn’t changed: sex still makes babies, society still needs babies, and babies still deserve a mom and a dad. We need a word for the unique relationship that best manages those things in a society. Expanding marriage to same-sex couples leaves us without one.” (p. 58)
“A culture in which sex is cheap is a culture in which people are devalued.” (p. 125)
“The most important question is not ‘What are we going to do about same-sex marriage?’ It is ‘What are we going to do about marriage?’
Go pick up a copy and read it with your family, teach it in your church and use it as a way to engage the world around you. We as Christians cannot come at this by attacking the other people. We must be willing to have conversations with people, engage them. That will open the door for us to speak truth.
Disclaimer: In accordance with FTC regulations, I received this book from Baker Books in return for a review of the book.