Monday, July 14, 2014

Same Sex Marriage - The Case for One Man/Woman

Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage

By: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet
Today, on the Janet Parshal Moody Radio Program, we heard an excellent apologetic named Dr. Sean McDowell give a clear case against same-sex marriage. It appears that it is here to stay, given popular culture in America.  How do those who follow Christ faithfully answer the standard talking points for same-sex marriage? And how can they best articulate the case for one-man, one-woman marriage in everyday conversation?

Reading Dr. Sean McDowell's (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) biography we learn that he is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the gospel message. A professor at Biola University in the apologetics program, Sean is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He travels widely, speaking at camps, churches, universities, and conferences.
The co author, John Stonestreet, also is a speaker and fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, as well as the co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by Chuck Colson. John is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, and churches on the subjects of theology, apologetics, and faith and culture. He holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bryan College and is the coauthor of Making Sense of Your World.
Both of these Christian men/authors believe in a thoughtful approach to God's design for marriage. They argue in their book that the key is not a contentious attitude towards those who believe in same-sex marriage, but a winsome perspective that is faithful to Christ, committed to truth, and shaped by a love for God and others. At the same time, Christians are still called to engage culture even if they are viewed as wrong, illegal and intolerant in discussion about same sex marriage as Biblically immoral in God's design.
The best line of argument, which I agree with as a sociologist, is that a man and a woman bring to the family and especially child, the necessary diversity to raise a socially viable member of society.  We go on in this country about diversity and yet we argue for sameness as being good and even in some instances, better.

McDowell and Stonestreet are careful not to condem homosexual parents as being bad parents just that as a couple, opposite sexed parents are better for a socially well prepared child.

1 comment:

  1. After all, if same sex parents were equal or better at raising children, God would have started it out that way. The fact hat he didn't is evidence that only the man-woman relationship can 1) bring children into the world and 2) properly socialize them while 3) giving them the analogue of the relationship between the Trinity and Jesus and His Bride (the Church).