Philippians 3:20: But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
According to the Bible, remarriage and homosexuality are both sins, but they don’t seem to get equal treatment from most pastors and Christians. This article is intended to explore this strange disparity and is based on the Christian Bible. If you have a problem with what’s stated in this article, then you probably aren’t someone who adheres to the Bible. That, however, is beside the point. This article seeks to highlight a flawed argument among many pastors in the context of the Christian Bible rather than to argue morality.
Most pastors who are against gay marriage attribute their feelings to a belief that it destroys the family unit, and therefore the very fabric of society itself. These feelings are arguably logical when one considers that pastors seek to follow the Bible, which states that homosexuality is a sin. In most cases, however, that is where adherence to logic begins to unravel. These same pastors and others who claim to be Christian say little to nothing against divorce. This occurs even though the Bible states that, except in cases of adultery, divorce and remarriage is also a sin. In light of studies regarding children from broken and single-parent homes, I think it’s fair to say that with very few exceptions two-parent homes are the ideal foundations of a healthy society. As such, it could be argued that anything that breaks up a two-parent home destroys families and therefore has the potential to destroy society as well.
If the fight against gay marriage is supposed to be about protecting families and the sanctity of marriage, then why don’t pastors and churchgoers who decry gay marriage speak out against divorce, the primary destroyer of marriage? To decry one while sanctioning or at the very least ignoring the other is utterly illogical.
Yet another scripturally based argument made by pastors is that God first created man and woman to be together, and did not intend for two men or two women to be together. Pastors rarely say that God intended said man and woman to stay together forever. This is quite baffling when one considers that, according to the Bible, Jesus stated that marriage was never intended to be something that could be annulled or broken.
For those who read and believe in the Bible, the words of Jesus should be particularly difficult to ignore, as many Bibles are printed in the red-letter edition. These editions are printed so that the words spoken by Jesus appear in red to highlight their important and make them standout. In Matthew 19:9 Jesus says, “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
There are a variety of other examples within the Bible where divorce is referenced, such as Malachi 2:16 where God says, “I hate divorce” through the prophet Malachi. Of course, the Bible does not gloss over homosexuality, and there are just as many scriptures that refer to homosexuality as a sin as there are those that call divorce and remarriage a sin.
In the book of Romans, Paul writes about how some men and women were given over to vile affections due to their rebellion and lack of reverence for God. He states that, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” This is one of several instances in which Bible states that homosexuality is an immoral affection.
Yes, homosexuality is a sin from a biblical perspective, and it makes sense that any pastor who adheres to the Bible would define it as such. Even so, I fail to understand how a pastor concerned about protecting the sanctity of marriage can speak against homosexuality without speaking against divorce and remarriage. Is such a pastor genuinely concerned about the sanctity of marriage? After all, how could you claim to hold something sacred yet selectively ignore that which literally destroys it? The purpose of divorce, after all, is to break marriages.
Divorce and remarriage are the greatest threats to the American family and have done more damage to them than anything else. Despite this, most pastors do not even begin to discuss what the Bible says about divorce. Stranger still, the few who do discuss it often manipulate the text in order to justify divorce.
If pastors were as militant about divorce as they are about homosexuality, it’s easy to conclude that many troubled marriages would be restored rather than broken by divorce. Many people would feel that, based on their commitment to God, divorce isn’t an option. As a result, they would become a lot less stubborn towards their spouses and make a greater effort to work out their problems.
Where are the Christian citizens who protest “Christian” judges who weekly grant divorces? There are many judges who, because of there “faith,” will not marry a gay couple, but yet will divorce the same straight couple whom they married. Each and every Friday in my city divorces are carried out for irreconcilable differences, and I have yet seen or heard news of one person picketing. The U.S. government is a part of the world system (rather, is the world system), and not Christianity. If it is about following the Bible, you should cut ties with that world system rather than cherry pick biblical offenses. (Philippians 3:20: But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.) Therefore, if you really are so adherent to your faith, you would love the fact that Church and State are separate entities.
It can be easily argued that pastors who ignore some sins while decrying others are hypocritical are not even bothering to follow the Bible, creating a series of logical fallacies and hypocrisy. Worse yet, pastors that do not warn against divorce or preach biblical teachings that could save many marriages and families could be considered as contributing to the deterioration of family units and society itself. How can those who claim such reverence for the sanctity of marriage and who supposedly support family values contribute so heavily to their destruction?
Why do pastors focus so much on crusading against the LGBT Community while saying absolutely nothing to the members of their congregation regarding divorce? The fact that they can say homosexuality destroys marriage while ignoring something that is designed for the sole purpose of breaking up marriages is quite baffling. How can they look at their congregation and claim concern over the sanctity of marriage without ever bothering to mention Jesus’ assertion that “…. anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery”?
Well, the answers are as simple as they are mindboggling. Pastors are terrified to discuss Jesus’ teachings on divorce because of how common divorce and remarriage for “irreconcilable differences” have become in the church. That is quite ironic. God reconciling men and women with one another is the very foundation of Christianity, yet somehow spouses break the supposed sanctity of marriage because they can’t get along.
The primary reason pastors rail against homosexuality (which Jesus never mentioned) while ignoring what he stated regarding divorce is the fear of alienating members who are, as the term goes “living in sin”. There’s no bravery required in alienating homosexuals because there are statistically far fewer homosexuals than divorced and remarried people. That is often especially so in a church setting.
The secondary reason is money. Money is one of the most important concerns for many, if not most, pastors. Modern churches are businesses to varying degrees, some significantly more so than others. Money-oriented pastors create sermons that will attract new members and retain current ones, which translates into a steady stream of tithes and donations that continually grow. If they were to preach against divorce, they would lose members ergo money.
As such, it is fair to say pastors who ignore the words of Jesus while shouting the words of Paul from the rooftops are more concerned with revenue and their sense of security than they are about families.