Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Director of Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies in Boston, teaches us to embrace all people, independent of how we arrived at our current place or personality:
Today, marriage faces new threats as the divinely established order of marriage between one man and one woman is challenged. Across the United States and Europe sexual partnerships between persons of the same sex are being legally recognized as “marriages,” thus abolishing in law the principle of marriage as a conjugal union and reducing it to nothing other than sexual or romantic companionship or domestic partnership. The unavoidable message is a profoundly false and damaging one: that children do not need a mother and a father in a permanent, complementary bond.
To insist on the truth that neither mothers nor fathers are expendable is not to dishonor anyone’s dignity. Every human being is beloved and precious in God’s sight. The mere issue of an individual’s sexual inclinations (or even sinful practices) cannot alter this. God loves all of us, and reaches out in love to sinners. Furthermore, as Christians and people of faith we are commanded to love each of our neighbors as ourselves. Therefore, we embrace all people, regardless of their struggles. However, though all people are created equal, all sexual practices are not.
As with the reaction to the Moynihan Report, those who decry the erosion of marriage are reviled. Christians who stand against these developments are in some cases under threat of losing their jobs and their businesses. Those who promote what they call marriage equality have unjustly appropriated the language and the mantle of the black struggle in the United States, the civil rights movement. But there can be no equivalence between blacks’ experience of slavery and oppression and the circumstances of homosexuals. And as with the Moynihan Report, the terrible social consequences of these developments await us. But God is not mocked. He is the almighty God and will advance his plan for conjugal flourishing.
[Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, God Has Brought Us to this Place: A Pentecostal Perspective, Humanum.]
While not everyone agrees with Dr. Rivers, life is seldom as binary as some see it. I have seen many people around me of all sexual orientations demonstrate thoughtfully that one may support traditional marriage in a variety of non-binary ways that support rather than dismiss gay lives. We may all follow their leads.
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