Gay marriage is spreading across America. This may lead to a boycott of state-sanctioned marriage by some Christian churches which believe homosexuality to be sinful. These churches will likely still marry straight couples but only religiously.
If Christians boycott marriage, it will only be state-sanctioned marriage. According to the Huffington Post, thirteen states do, or will soon, allow gay marriage. A number of others are opening themselves to the possibility. These states now define marriage as a legal bond between two individuals of the same or opposite sex. If a couple is wed in one of these states their marriage is then defined along these progressive lines.
Many Christian denominations and churches are opposed to this definition. Biblical passages are often cited to show that homosexuality is a sin. The traditional Christian definition of marriage is restricted to one man and one woman. More importantly, it’s not only a legal bond, but a spiritual one. This progressive definition may be considered sinful. To protest this new definition of marriage, they may possibly stand against state-sanctioned marriage in a formal boycott.
A Spiritual Marriage
These churches would likely still marry straight couples. The ceremony, however, would be purely religious. There would be no legal marriage certificate. The marriage would not be recognized by law only by a “higher authority” (i.e. God).
Not all Christians, even those who find homosexuality sinful, will be willing to give up the legal benefits of marriage, though. But for many the legal benefits might ultimately be of little importance. After all Jesus said, “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20 New International Version ©2011). The legal benefits of marriage on Earth produce Earthly treasures like tax benefits not heavenly benefits like eternal marriage to a spouse.
“Gay Marriage is evil”
According to Matt Barber, in an article he wrote for WND, “‘…gay marriage’ is evil. He calls gay marriage a “mortal sin.” He explains that according to the Bible all homosexual behavior including gay marriage is sinful. He continues by stating that as gay marriage is accepted in America, hatred, violence, and persecution of Christians is certain.
Matt Barber is certainly not the only Christian in America and many Christians are much more accepting of gays. Certain Lutheran and Evangelical denominations accept gays as bishops and pastors and have no opposition to gay marriage. But many other denominations are not so tolerant and with Matt Barber and Bill Donahue, the anti-gay president of the Catholic League, acting as their mouthpiece, it becomes more possible that Christians may boycott state marriage if and when the American government legalizes it federally.
So will Christian churches boycott state marriage if gays are allowed to be wed under federal law? It’s hard to tell, but it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility. If fundamentalist Christian leaders like Matt Barber and Bill Donahue stand against gay marriage and the new definition of marriage is seen as sinful, then it might happen sooner rather than later.