A post with a very interesting question caught my attention today. John Shore asked the question, “What would Jesus do if invited to a gay wedding?” While he didn’t directly answer as to whether Jesus would attend, he did ponder as to whether he himself would attend or not.
It is a very good question — one that we as Christian are probably going to have to face more and more as our world continues to grow darker. Unless you live in a cave, you no doubt have a friend or acquaintance that is gay or even family members. Personally, I have two living family members that are gay (a third is deceased) and even have a few friends and acquaintances that are gay. I have also known quite a few gay people over the years who have become Christians and turned away from their homosexual lifestyles.
So it should be pretty evident that I DO NOT hate gay people. I DO hate the sin but view it as any other sin (e.g., sleeping around when not married, illegal drug use, abusing alcohol, lying, etc.) I also must confess that I am prejudice against those who want to evangelize the world with homosexuality.
That being said, I asked myself this question and after thinking it over for a bit, I’d have to say no. Here are my reasons reason.
I would not go to a gay wedding if invited anymore then I would attend a party where people are using illegal drugs or accompany someone on a shoplifting spree or attend an orgy… well you get the picture. If I believe homosexuality is a sin (and I do), then I feel I would be condoning that sin by taking place in an event that not only approves of the sin but celebrates it as well.
Also keep in mind that a marriage ceremony is different than some of the examples I mentioned above. It is in fact a celebration of two people coming together to legally commit their lives to one another in love. When you attend a wedding, you are doing so to celebrate the event with the couple.
You also endorse the event by your attendance. How so? Remember the part of the ceremony where the minister (or person performing the ceremony) asks the question, “If any person objects to this couple being joined in marriage, speak now or forever hold your peace”? If you do not speak up, guess what – you have put your stamp of approval of the couple’s union.
In John’s original post, he debated whether it is better to attend the event and display God’s love or not attend and in essence hide it. That is a good point and we as Christians should make sure we are with people that do not know Christ so we can have more opportunities to share Him.
However, I feel that if we are going to truly represent the Lord Jesus Christ and His pure gospel, the line has to be drawn somewhere as to what “events of the world” we as Christians attend and partake of. I would have to draw that line where a gay marriage is concerned. And if one or both of the people getting married are my friends or family members, they should respect my religious convictions that compel me not to attend just as much as I respect their decision to be in a gay lifestyle in the first place.
What do you think? Would Jesus attend? If you are a Christian reading this, would you attend?