I did a lecture on â€œWhy is the Church Responsible for so much Evil?â€ at Lincoln Berean Church as a part of my spiritual warfare class at Christian Leadership College. In the Q & A time following someone asked about the church affirming life rather than just opposing abortion. In my answer I noted that churches have not supported women who choose to keep their babies. Rather they look down at them and usually refuse to give them a baby shower since they are in sin. I noted with appreciation that many churches have changed and now sponsor showers for women who keep their babies and support them in the difficult task of raising the baby as a single mom.
Then in class today one of the students followed up on this. If we do such baby showers should we also go to a â€œweddingâ€ or a baby shower for a lesbian couple. As we thought through this knotty question, I realized I wanted to say both yes and no. â€œYes,â€ because I want a chance to keep relationships where I can speak graciously about Jesus to the couple, but â€œnoâ€ because it would seem I am supporting the rightness of a lesbian family.
She asked where the difference is between a shower for a baby conceived out of wedlock and the lesbian. As I thought I realized that I want to throw the baby shower when the woman has owned that the way the baby was conceived was sinful. I donâ€™t need any groveling or anything like that. But I would have a lot more problem supporting a shower if she refused to acknowledge her sin, if she said â€œItâ€™s my right to have a baby in any way I want.â€ In the case of the lesbian wedding or shower that would be the case: â€œWe are doing the right thing for us,â€ they would say.
I thought further: would Jesus go? He did hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors for sure. But did He affirm their activities? I donâ€™t think so.
Then I compared: would I go to a party for a heterosexual couple celebrating that they were moving in together? Having a baby together? Thatâ€™s where I realized the issue isnâ€™t the homosexuality, but that they are thumbing their nose at the biblical view of marriage. That I canâ€™t honor. In fact I would more likely to affirm a homosexual couple getting â€œmarried.â€ At least they are expressing commitment in their relationship where the cohabiting couple are denying that.
I wonder if there is a parallel in the situation of 1 Cor. 10:27-28 where Paul tells us to eat whatever is served at a supper, but to refuse if the host said it was offered in sacrifice to idols. The reason is both for the sake of the pagan and for his conscience.
What of love? We are certainly called to love sinners. But love seeks the best of another. Affirming a sinful life isnâ€™t really love.
So I think Iâ€™d keep relationship with a lesbian couple, but would not go to the wedding. Iâ€™d baby sit their kid, but probably not go to the shower. The difference is that a public act states affirmation where the private act speaks personal support.
So far this is all hypothetical. But I canâ€™t imagine it will be for long.