Two pastors respond to the DOMA decision.
Greg Burdine at Faith Baptist Church here in Adrian affirms a belief in ‘absolute truth’ of the Bible.
This past week the United States Supreme Court made some significant rulings concerning homosexuality and same-sex marriages. Arguments from both sides claim truth. When you are faced with competing sources of truth, how do you determine which is really true? You must decide or be left with the confusing dilemma of determining truth every time an issue confronts it. Without an absolute, unchanging standard, we are left with a moving foundation. If you have an absolute truth, you simply refer back to the your source of truth. I believe the Bible is the standard of absolute truth.
Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection in Kansas separates the peripheral from the perennial in the Bible.
I personally believe that twenty years from now most churches will welcome gay and lesbian families, will call gay and lesbian people to live lives of faithfulness and sacrificial love in their relationship just as they call heterosexual couples to do, and that they will see the passages on same-sex attraction as reflecting cultural norms just as the passages on slavery and on the subordination of women reflected cultural norm and not God’s heart and timeless will.
I am with Adam on this. The perennial is God’s loving heart shining in Christ – the peripheral are the cultural things that have encrusted themselves to this message, like barnacles on the hull of a ship.