Over the next few months, I will use this blog to outline the Biblical case for Christians to affirm our LGBT brothers and sisters, and to affirm same sex marriages that align to the Biblical standard of faithfulness, monogamy and covenant relationship. I have not always believed this, having grown up in the home of a conservative Baptist pastor. I have no personal reason to take this stand: I am not gay (I have been happily married for 24 years), none of my immediate family are LGBT (as far as I know and can ascertain), and all of my LGBT friends are perfectly capable of defending themselves (if they even feel they need to). If you want to know more about who I am, see the About tab on this blog.
I have spent over ten years studying this topic, and reading almost everything written about it from a Biblical and Christian perspective. I have done in depth Biblical studies, and Greek and Hebrew analysis, and have engaged in numerous discussions and forums to try and hone my thinking. My position has developed over that decade, and for much of it, I was very tentative about making a change to 2,000 years of church teachings on the topic (although I will show later that this is not quite as clear or unanimous as you might think). But now, in 2015, I am prepared to be clear and unequivocal: I believe that God has created human beings with a range of sexual expressions, and these are to be celebrated (not just “accepted” or “affirmed”). I believe that the Bible, as God’s Word, does not speak against LGBT people who are seeking monogamous, faithful, lifelong marriage with a same sex partner – in fact, it invites them to covenant to each other in the eyes of God and the community, and encourages them to enjoy all aspects of their married relationships including sexual activity.
I do believe we’ve been wrong on this issue. And I believe it’s time to change. Not because we’re acquiescing to a changing culture, or because we should ignore outdated Bible verses, but very specifically because we can see God’s blessing on LGBT people and their marriages as we do on “straight” people and their marriages. There is no distinction to be made. And we can say this while confidently claiming that God’s Word is as relevant today as it ever was.