Many Christians avoid tough subjects like gay marriage and other charged topics because they don't want to get into a heated discussion. But as we'll hear from our two guests today, this conversation is one we can no longer avoid having. Why? Do we really expect to change the shifting national opinion on gay marriage, or change the culture? No, that's not it. We've been talking about the culture wars for some time on our program now, and you've heard us say over and over again that the only way a culture can change is by each one of us being willing to share the Gospel of Jesus as the hope of the world. (That's another subject many Christians avoid!)
So why then, do we need to talk about Gay Marriage? Because this is the one issue that has already been re-defined as marriage equality, a civil rights issue, rather than a biblical issue. But an even bigger reason is that gay marriage is already re-defining the Church. And if your church isn't talking about this yet, consider the statistics: More and more churches are now being branded as "gay affirming." But if you substitute the word "sin" before the word affirming, you can see we have a real problem in the Body of Christ.