Proposition 8 and the Church

In the beginning

Question and answer from the Bible Answer Man broadcast.

Q: In light of what the Supreme Court said concerning Proposition 8 and gay marriage, what should the church do?

A: At the end of the day, I think it’s so critical that we are able to demonstrate that the Bible is divine as opposed to merely human in origin. Because if you don’t have a North Star by which to set your sail, anything will go—you’ll start setting your standards by the size and scope of the latest lobby group.

God has set the parameters around human sexuality so that our joy might be complete. When we disrupt that, we end up doing so not only to our own hurt but also to the hurt of society in general. And I think therefore it’s incumbent upon Christians always to be ready to give an answer, a reason for the hope that lies within them, with gentleness and with respect—to be able to demonstrate that the ultimate authority is the Word of God. Because the basic sentiment today is that the Bible is outdated; it’s outmoded; it’s no longer relevant. And we can demonstrate of course as Christians that it is relevant; it is not outdated; it has the answers to every situation that we encounter, and most certainly the answers with respect to human sexuality.

Q: If the Bible is outdated, then God is outdated—all Scripture is given by inspiration of God—God can’t be outdated. Maybe a Model T can be outdated, but not God. A God that can be outdated is a limited God. Wouldn’t you say that’s true?

A: He is the One who spoke, and the universe leapt into existence. The One who knit us together in our mother’s womb. He’s the One who has created us for eternity and therefore He knows precisely what we are designed for. And this is ultimately what happens in repentance: we have a u-turn on the road of life—a change of heart, a change of mind, a change of the will—and we start doing it God’s way. But when we look at what’s happening in the culture, we have to look back at the church. When the church ceases to be a cultural initiator and becomes a cultural imitator, what happens is the culture devolves. And that’s why it’s critically important that we have reformation in the church in order to have, ultimately, revival in the culture. If reformation doesn’t take place in the church, then the culture will continue to devolve, and it most certainly is not only in a slide, it is now in an actual freefall.

Q: Oh, absolutely Hank. One more question real quick. When someone says, “It’s all about love…”

A: You have to define what “love” is. And I think part and parcel of the church’s response with respect to love is to have a commitment to others, to tell them the truth, no matter what the cost. If I am a cancer specialist and you have cancer, and I tell you I love you but do nothing whatsoever to help you, when it is in my power to do so, I am demonstrating that I don’t love you at all. And I think the same thing is true of a church that fails to tell the culture that what is happening is detrimental to people. I mean, you look at the matter of the social sciences—cross-cultural studies simply don’t lie—and they are virtually unanimous in demonstrating that a child is better served by a mother and a father than a father-father or a mother-mother coupling. Not only so, but the moment that you start to use the reasoning prowess of the Supreme Court or the Obama administration, when it comes to same-sex marriage, you start to set a precedent. And that precedent can equally apply to many other couplings. It can apply to aberrations ranging from polygamy to incest. And again, we have to be able to give an answer with gentleness and with respect. And if we don’t give an answer, it is a demonstration that we simply do not care as we should.

Hank Hanegraaff