I have made a number of in-your face comments, posts and statements over the last year about a variety of subjects. It seems that the most controversial ones stem around my views on the subject of same sex marriage within society; which appear to go against mainstream Christian teaching. And because of these; some have questioned my faith and belief system.
I would like to note that I have a deep abiding love for the Scriptures. I have a deep abiding love for God and his creation. I have a deep abiding love for Jesus and what he has done for me on the cross. I have a deep abiding love for the Holy Spirit who filled me to overflowing upon and has transformed my life in many ways.
Because of my love for the Scriptures; I don’t take the study of the word lightly. For we are talking about the word of God and we have to be very careful that we don’t tread on the word of God and make it say something it doesn’t. For if we start saying the word of God says one thing; when in fact it doesn’t say it and therefore it doesn’t support our stance…we are guilty of lying about God and misrepresenting him.
So when we come to the interpretation of the Scriptures we need to be sure that we are taking the context of what we think is being said into consideration. This means we can’t just open our Bibles, pick a verse and say this is the absolute truth; without first taking into account who is saying what and within what context.
We take a lot of things at face value as having Scriptural support within a Christian framework; such as Tithing and Godly nations to name two. Yet, the truth be told there is no Scriptural support to teach that Christians should tithe 10% – rather Paul encourages us to be generous. There is no Scriptural support for us to endeavour to create a Christian nation; for the Kingdom of God cuts across all national, gender, class and age boundaries.
Therefore in cutting through all the rhetoric and platitudes within the current debate about marriage in society; I would like to point out that the church does not have a biblical mandate nor an ounce of Scriptural support to marry anyone.
The apostles didn’t marry a single person. Jesus didn’t send his disciples out to marry anyone. Paul didn’t lay out any ground rules for pastors to follow in how to marry anyone. Instead what they did do is to lay out the ground work as to how Christians should live within society.