I listened to “Speaking of Faith” this evening on NPR. The program was about same-sex marriages and the opinions of two Evangelical Christians. I was able to hear the first, Richard Mouw, before I retired from my car in the driveway. It was probably one of the best discussions I’ve heard of this nature. Mouw presents a well thought-out argument against same-sex marriages. Although I’m strictly for marriages of any sort, I like a good debate as much as the next person. Something Mouw mentions in his discussion gets me thinking too. His opinions source from an interpretation of Romans (which I couldn’t begin to recite to you). There, I’m to understand, God relates the rules of matrimony to the reader and decrees that it is a holy union of man and woman. As Mouw continues, he grants that the interpretation of this passage could have been misinterpreted by the writer. God’s intent could have been an ambiguous one as to the sexual choice of married partners. Marriage is not about the sex between two, but rather the responsibility and commitment to each other.
As Mouw also states, a debate has not yet been approached that tackles the real issues at hand. Nobody has gotten to what they’re really afraid of or what the ultimate goal is. I can agree with those statements myself. I’m not sure what it would mean for our legal system to change these rules, but I’m sure that’s where the real hold-up is.
By the way – The Brick Testament will teach you everything you need to know about the Bible.