In the Lodi News-Sentinel forum concerning gay marriage, I noticed the worn-out argument that says since Jesus never condemned — or even mentioned — homosexuality, He must approve of it. This is a straw-man argument.
According to this tortured logic, one can say that since Jesus never mentioned pedophilia or bestiality, these are also OK. Obviously, He certainly would never approve such disgusting behavior. Just because Jesus didn't specifically condemn a certain behavior doesn't mean that He condoned it. Even secular society says that these behaviors are immoral, and are thus illegal.
However, while Jesus didn't directly address homosexuality/gay marriage, He did give His views on the definition of marriage and sexuality when addressing the issue of divorce in Matthew 19:1-6. In this passage, Jesus quotes Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, where God established the institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and limits sexuality within this institution. Thus, Jesus affirmed the original intent and parameter for what constitutes marriage and sexuality in God's eyes.
Also, the equally worn-out argument that gay marriage is a civil rights issue is false. Homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexuals, as described in the original Bill of Rights and future amendments. They can get an education, hold a job, live where they want and buy a house. But, they say, they can't marry who they want. Well, they can if the individual is an unmarried person of the opposite sex who isn't a close relative.
You see, there are moral parameters on what society approves in regards to marriage. No one can marry his/her parent, sibling or, in some states, first cousin. No one can marry somebody who is already married or who is 10 years old or who is of the same gender. These marriages are considered immoral and against the law.
Jesus' approval? No. A civil rights issue? No.
Gay marriage is all about societal acceptance. If it is legalized, it sets a precedence that opens the door for an "everything goes" definition of marriage. And we, as a society, don't want to go down that road.
Pastor Frank Nolton
New Hope Community Church