France’s first same-sex wedding was held this week. The latest New Yorker’s Mother’s Day cover pictures a lesbian couple reading a card from their three children in their kitchen. Since last March, when the Supreme Court heard arguments over same-sex marriage, three more states have legalized gay marriage.
Yesterday (May 30), Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, stated that “no issue defines our current cultural crisis as clearly as homosexuality.” He adds: “Within a few short years, a major dividing line has become evident — with those churches endorsing homosexuality on one side, and those stubbornly resisting the cultural tide on the other.” I agree.
I could write a Cultural Commentary every day on topics related to homosexuality — that’s how pervasive this issue has become. If I did, would you soon tire of reading what I wrote? Have you grown weary of this subject, as important as it is?
I’m grateful for every believer who is willing to take a biblical stand in this debate and defend Scripture by “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). At the same time, I fear that we are in danger of allowing this controversy to distract us from the larger issue. In 1973, psychiatrist Karl Menninger wrote a book titled Whatever Became of Sin? Let’s consider what was happening in our culture 40 years ago that might have prompted his question.