More and more Christians will soon be faced with this ultimate dilemma: Should I attend a gay wedding for my gay son/daughter/friend/relative? Many of you have written to me and explained why you could not attend, and the fallout in your relationships that resulted. Recently a Calvary Chapel pastor at Costa Mesa Calif., declared that it might not be a bad idea to attend the wedding of a gay couple, because a.) Christians need to show them love, and b.) Jesus dined with sinners.
Both of these reasons are flawed.
Jesus would not have participated in sin; the Bible says Jesus came to call sinners, not "hang out" with them, as it says in Mark 2:17: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
The article in question is titled “Can I Attend My LGBT Friend’s Wedding?” written by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s senior pastor Brian Brodersen. You can read about it here: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Pastor, Brian Brodersen, Says Sometimes It’s OK to Attend a Homosexual Wedding.
What Brian Brodersen has done here is taken a big step toward cultural “tolerance,” but this is not how we are described in the Bible, which states that, as Christians, we are to be a set apart people, a light on the hill, shining in the darkness. We are not to blend with or be absorbed into that darkness for that only dims the light. While it certainly is more politically correct to make the kind of statement Brodersen made, it does not set him apart as a “peculiar people.”
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Have you been faced with this challenge yet? If so, how did you handle it? If not, how prepared are you for if and when that beautiful invitation arrives in your mailbox?