On Wednesday, President Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, publicly declared in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts his stance on same-sex marriage. He stated:
“I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue. I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally…at a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
“I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.”
On One Side of the Ball
Obama is the sitting President of the United States of America. He’s a politician. And, he’s free to have an opinion. However, he must also accept the responsibility that, as President, he can and will promote and influence public opinion, appoint judges, and direct civil policy. Politically, he has the responsibility to avoid such a public statement in this matter.
Obama made a grave mistake in publicly stating his opinion regarding same-sex marriage. He’s politicizing this issue given to him – forced upon him – by his Vice-President, and, perhaps, the Democratic Party. Just days ago, the White House Press Secretary emphasized that the President’s opinion on same-sex marriage – an “evolution” – is what it has been all along and that it hasn’t changed.
Now, the President has publicly stated that “to me, personally”, same-sex marriage should be allowed. He’s trying to make a statement without offending, but, what he has done is equivalent to throwing a rock into a hornet’s nest.
On the Other Side of the Ball
Barack Obama is a Christian. He testifies to that. In a 2010 interview with ABC News, the President stated:
“I’m a Christian by choice…I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead — being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me. And I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God. But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace.”
As Christians, we make a stand and say that same-sex marriage is not compatible with the teachings of Christianity. No where in the Bible, or the “precepts of Jesus”, as Obama says, will we find anything that would allow us to say that “to me, personally,” same-sex marriage is allowed.
Wayne Grudem, in his book Politics According to the Bible, says the Bible “contains clear and explicit teachings about marriage.” He expounds on three statements:
1. God created marriage at the beginning of the human race as a life-long union between one man and one woman. Adam and Eve’s marriage was the pattern for all marriages to follow on the earth.
2. God’s definition of marriage was not for the Jewish people only, but was intended to apply to all people in all societies for all time. Grudem says, “That is why Jesus says that these truths about marriage come ‘from the beginning’ (Matthew 19:4) and they belong to the essence of God’s creating us as ‘male and female’.”
3. Marriage between a man and a woman is the most fundamental institution in any society. Grudem states, “The establishment of marriage in Genesis 1-2 comes before the establishment of any other institution in human society. It comes immediately after the creation of man and woman.”
Same-sex marriage is wrong. As Christians, we are called to stand with God and His Word. If President Obama is going to make a public statement, then, as a Christian, he can do nothing other than state that marriage, according to God’s Word, is an institution reserved for one man and one woman. To state otherwise is denying your faith.
A person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted doctrine of the Church is defined as a heretic.
In my opinion, that’s exactly what our President has done.