Monday, July 2, 2012

Gay Marriage and Christian Penitence

Over at Patheos Christian Piatt has a piece in which he describes his experience at a Gay Pride parade in Portland where he and his wife wore sandwich boards with the following message:

According to Piatt, humbly begging for forgiveness from the Gay Community on behalf of all Christians (whom, it's worth noting, he doesn't necessarily speak for) in Portland at a Gay Pride parade is a daring act of courage that could possibly carry dire consequences. Consequences such as, I suppose, being accepted and extremely well-liked.

If you carried a "Homosexuality is a Sin" or a "Marriage is a Sacrament, Not a Right" sign, then you'd be taking a stand for the faith which almost certainly would get scorn and derision directed at you. Not that I would recommend such a tact, but let's be honest about what is and what is not an unpopular stance at a particular venue. There's scarcely anything safer or more in line with current cultural trends than gestures toward the LGBT community in this vein, especially at a Gay Pride parade in Portland.

This fact in itself doesn't mean that such gestures are wrong (though I think they are), but even bracketing out that question -- and saving it for another blog, perhaps -- it's objectively not the case that it's a stance very likely to cost you anything. Not even so much as being mildly disliked.


  1. Why do you think such gestures are wrong? If they want to express their support for those people, why shouldn't they?

    1. They shouldn't because 'those people' (your phrase) are engaged in a public celebration of sin. That Christians have their own sins, including failing to always lovingly engage the LGBT community, is true, but what the sign indicates as the sin -- ”denying equality” visa vis upholding the traditional marriage which God instituted -- isn't a sin at all, but a right action. Playing accommodationist to sin while ”apologizing” for God's word and standards is wrong.