Gay Marriage Seems to Wane as Conservative Issue

The New York Times published an interesting article under the above title on February 24th citing how the political climate is shifting on gay marriage among Conservatives. I continue to be amazed at how manifestly views are evolving on this issue even among the most conservative Christians. The Church is learning that “people with a high regard for Scripture and who are prayerfully committed to ordering their lives in accordance with it are honestly divided over this issue,” as one of my textbooks from Westminster Theological Seminary put it [Reading in Communion: Scripture and Ethics in Christian Life by Stephen E. Fowl and L. Gregory Jones]. At some point in the not too distant future, or within most of our own lifetimes, gay marriage will no longer be an issue, and those who stood against it will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps of the University of Alabama preventing James Hood from entering because he was black. This piece is just one of many recent indications that we are undoubtedly and inescapably heading in this direction.

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About Alex Haiken

Born to a Jewish family in New York City, I came to faith in Christ in 1982 after trying to disprove the Bible. I found so much evidence in support of the claims of Jesus and the Bible that it required more faith to reject it than to believe it. I hold a Master’s degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and among other things am a lecturer, teacher, blogger and conference speaker. I came out as gay at a young age but was taught when I came to faith that I could not be both Christian and gay. I served for a time as a leader of an ex-gay ministry but shifted my views after recognizing that when the few passages generally appealed to in this debate are examined more closely and in context, the traditional anti-gay interpretations do not hold up to scrutiny. I learned that the ex-gay route is a scripturally unsound mirage, a specious illusion that deceitfully draws people not to a life-giving oasis but to a deeper and deeper spiritual desert. Seeing the immense need for education in this area, I began to speak and write about my experience and new-found convictions. I am also passionate about helping the Church better understand her rich Jewish roots; helping other Jewish people understand Jesus as their Jewish Messiah; and helping other gay people integrate a theologically sound, committed Christian faith with their sexuality. It is my hope that the reflections in this blog will prompt you to explore the paths they suggest, leading to your own more eloquent thinking, exploration and action. If you want, visit the “Contact” page and let me know what you think.
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