I have very strong views about the issue of same-sex marriages but would like to open the floor for people to air their views. What do you guys think of President Obama’s public declaration of support for legalizing same-sex marriages? He puts it down to his evolving faith. Do you think he is right in claiming that the source of his conviction on this issue is faith or is he just trying to please voters? Do you think our faith or beliefs should evolve with culture as Obama suggests or is truth an unchanging rock solid foundation on which one builds their life?
Obama said his support for same-sex marriage is consistent with his Christian beliefs.
“[Michelle and I] are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated,” Obama said. “And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president, and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”
The quote contrasts with his 2004 interview with WTTW, a Chicago public television station, in which he invoked religion to come out against same-sex marriage but for civil unions.
“What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting,” said Obama, who was then campaigning to represent Illinois in the Senate.
Ralph Reed, a prominent Christian Republican strategist and founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said Obama’s support of same-sex marriage will fuel conservative religious voters to vote against him in the November election.
“At a time of high unemployment and severe economic distress, President Obama chose the week he launched his re-election campaign to flip-flop on same-sex marriage. Combined with his administration’s opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, it reveals a president who is tone-deaf and out-of-touch with the time-honored values of millions of Americans,” Reed said in a statement. “This is an unanticipated gift to the Romney campaign. It is certain to fuel a record turnout of voters of faith to the polls this November.”
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said in a statement that “God is the author of marriage, and we will not let an activist politician like Barack Obama who is beholden to gay marriage activists for campaign financing to turn marriage into something political that can be redefined according to presidential whim.”
Can we as Christians really remain silent on this matter? The institution of marriage is being redefined right before our very eyes and little or no consideration is being made for what the Originator of marriage actually thinks. The foundation of every society is the family unit. Tamper with that and you tamper with the moral fabric on which society is built.
This issue requires that we pray earnestly for our Presidents, policy makers, legislators and key stakeholders. Beyond that, we ought to support those who are vocal about championing biblical truth in this area. Who knows, God may raise you up to make a difference at such a time as this.
Please do share your thoughts on this issue. It affects us all and our generations to come.
- Much enthusiasm, muted criticism in Jewish reactions to Obama’s gay marriage support (timesofisrael.com)
- Same-sex marriage front-and-center in presidential race – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- Across country, black pastors weigh in on Obama’s same-sex marriage support (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Sen. Paul: I didn’t think Obama’s ‘views on marriage could get any gayer’ (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- BREAKING: Cardinal Dolan Laments Obama’s Support For Same-Sex “Marriage” (illuminati360.wordpress.com)