How Christians Should Respond to the Same-sex Marriage Decision

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)

State bans on same-sex marriage are no longer legal in America, according to the US Supreme Court. We are temped to go off and sulk, says Christianity Today. Or, we can choose to fight harder, lashing out in anger or despair.

But here’s a better option.

Let loving encouragement fuel our actions. As we pray for those caught in homosexuality, show them a love that makes Jesus proud. Show kindness and patience. Never resort to condescension. Never succumb to hate or bullying.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Galatians 5:14)

Always remember that the Bible teaches that Christians must not condone homosexuality or gay marriage.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, (1 Corinthians 6:9)

No matter how much we love our friends and want them to be happy, real love is shown through actions that bring those in sin to a saving relationship with Jesus.

Recognize what’s important. Our battle is for hearts, not causes. The foundation for love is truth and kindness, and it will take both to lead others to the relationship that saves.

Love is patient, love is kind… It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)