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Has God Flip-Flopped on Same-Sex Marriage?

A number of years ago David A. Sargent, a gospel preacher who (at least at that time) lived in Mobile, Alabama, related the following. Recently in Traffic Court, a man who received an expensive parking ticket for illegal parking testified that a uniformed policeman had given his OK for the man to park there. The Judge asked the man if he would recognize the officer if he saw him again, and the man replied that he would. "Good," the Judge said. "When you see that officer again, tell him he owes you $57.00." Sargent then made this application: "Just because an authority figure offers a judgement about a matter has no bearing on whether it is true or false, right or wrong. Truth is truth, independent of opinion, polls, and presentation." What if the authority figure sits in the White House? On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Barack Obama became the first sitting president in United States history to openly announce support for "same-sex marriage." In an article by Rick Klein (AP OTUS News, We. May 9, 2012 "Obama declares support for gay marriage") , the President described his thought process as an "evolution" based on conversations with his own staff, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters while sitting around the dinner table. Not content with that, the President also credited Jesus for his arrival at a more loving and kind and superior point of view . In an interview by ABC's Robin Roberts the morning after he "came out" with his new view on same-sex marriage, Obama insisted he and First Lady Michelle "are both practicing Christians." He admitted their position "may put us at odds with the views of others," but quickly added, "When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing Himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated."

All of this, to state the obvious, is very troubling to those who hold the Bible as the word of God and, as such, the highest possible source of authority not only in matters of "sound doctrine" (teaching about the church, plan of salvation, etc.), but also about moral values and behavior, including marriage and sexual conduct and relationships (Matthew 19:3-9; 1 Timothy 1:8-11, etc.). The President made reference to the Golden Rule in a lame attempt to legitimize something the Bible consistently and very forcefully condemns. Here's a Bible principle the President conveniently failed to mention — "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20). Opinions and presidents may "evolve" in their moral and spiritual values — but truth stands on its own. You can't vote the sun out of the sky. You can't make evil good or dark light or bitter sweet or a sin sinless just because it becomes popular and widely accepted. As G. K. Chesterton noted, "Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Christians in America ought to think about that as we consider our president's flip-flop on the issue of gay marriage.  A lot of flip-flopping has made same-sex marriage more fashionable than ever. But the notion God has flip-flopped on the issue is a pure fallacy. Is America so open-minded her (moral) brains are falling out?

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ