Posted on Jan 7, 2013 by Tom Gilson
I think I ought to be open about what I’m trying to accomplish in the same-sex “marriage” (SSM) debate.
There are essentially three groups of people: those who are convinced SSM is wrong/impossible, those who think it is a great idea, and those who are potentially persuadable either way.
For the first group, I hope to offer encouragement, and to equip them to be more effective in presenting their position, especially with the persuadable. See also below for a further goal of mine.
The third group includes the rising generation. I hope to persuade them, or to equip their parents, churches, etc. to be able to show them that SSM is wrong and/or impossible, so therefore it’s reasonable, humane, civil, and right to oppose SSM.
I think it’s unlikely anything I say will persuade many in the second group, those who think SSM is a really marvelous idea. My goal with you who are in that group is that you would discover again what it means to treat the rest of us as humans. It is a modest goal. You speak of our hatred and bigotry, as you see it; I hope to help you reflect on yours. You will see much of that in action in the previously linked series as well as in two recent discussions here.
In my series on treating one another as humans I have devoted considerable space to urging Christians to do the same with homosexuals and homosexual advocates; for it is our calling in Christ to love one another, and we have not always done that well.
Those are my simple goals in these discussions.