|There is a social drive in
America to have the term
‘‘marriage,” include unions of homosexuals and lesbians.
I comment only for your consideration, not pretending to
dictate to your conscience. What your conscience decides
is your affair.
I share my thoughts because I have been asked by some to share
them. I think of myself as God’s imperfect servant, so I warn
you ahead that I may give imperfect advice about this. So when
I have given as I reasoned in Christ, you are free
likewise so to do and to arrive at different conclusion. It
is not unanimity of intellectual agreement that holds the
Christians together, it is unanimity in love.
It would not be wise but divisive to use the term ‘‘marriage”
to any but men and women. Marriage has overtones of forming
a family to have children to procreate the human race. To me
marriage denotes male and female joining together doing uniquely
only what two opposite sexes coming together can do: form a
spiritual and sexual union to procreate children and to rear
them in a family where the children have a father and mother.
But recognition of a legal union of some sort needs to be given
homosexuals and lesbians to help to define for society their
status and expectations. One of the problems of today in
the legal and social system, it appears to me, ? insufficient
legal and social recognition so that among homosexuals and
lesbians too much temporaneity and too many irresponsible and
non-enduring love associations are encouraged. Stability needs
to be encouraged in the life of lesbians and homosexuals by
legal recognition of their bonding and unions.
There remains the fact that a legal union recognized by the
state is not a spiritual union. Well, I say the legal union
is first needed but the unions might then be recognized
and blessed by various churches and ministers if the
Christian members of these unions desire. But the union
should be blessed as a union in love but not a marriage.
Let us remember that where homosexuality is condemned it is
usually because of the lack of commitment, responsibility,
self-control and spirituality that may be seen to go with
it. Let us remember where heterosexuality has been criticized,
it is usually because of the lack of commitment, responsibility,
excesses and depraved spiritual attitudes that may go with
it, for example, adultery, whoring, prostitution, and any
number of sins.
It is therefore relatively safe to say that it is
Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.