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Monday Memo - July 6

Yesterday, we talked about the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. We sought an honest, humble, and honorable approach. If you were not able to be at GFC, I hope you will go online to listen/watch the message. Included in the message was a list of twenty questions to ask ourselves and perhaps discuss with others. They are modified from a longer list written by Kevin DeYoung, and are designed to provoke your thinking. Please take them to heart.

1. Do you think close family members should be allowed to get married?

2. Should marriage be limited to only two people?

3. On what basis, if any, would you prevent consenting adults of any relation and of any number from getting married?

4. How would you define marriage?

5. How long have you believed that same-sex marriage is something to be celebrated and why did you change your mind?

6. How would you make a positive case from Scripture that marriage between two persons of the same sex is a blessing to be celebrated?

7. What verses would you use to show that a marriage between two persons of the same sex can adequately depict the relationship between Christ and the church?

8. Do you think children do best with a mother and a father? Is your conclusion supported by solid research?

9. If yes, does the church or the state have any role to play in promoting or privileging the arrangement that puts children with a mom and a dad?

10. Does the end and purpose of marriage point to something more than an adult's emotional and sexual fulfillment?

11. Should there be an age requirement in this country for obtaining a marriage license? Why?

12. Does equality entail that anyone wanting to be married should be able to have any meaningful relationship defined as marriage?

13. Should your brothers and sisters in Christ who disagree with same-sex marriage be allowed to exercise their religious beliefs without fear of punishment, retribution, or coercion?

14. Will you speak up for your fellow Christians when their jobs, their accreditation, their reputation, and their freedoms are threatened because of this issue?

15. Will you speak out against shaming and bullying of all kinds, whether against gays and lesbians or against Evangelicals and Catholics?

16. If "love wins," how would you define love?

17. Do you believe it is possible to love someone and disagree with important decisions they make?

18. If supporting or celebrating same-sex marriage is a change for you, has anything else changed in your understanding of the faith?

19. If you have changed, were you motivated by hate and bigotry when you did believe marriage was between one man and one woman?

20. Right now, are you living in any way contrary to the will and ways of God?

Thank you for your gracious encouragement as we have addressed many topics from the perspective of God's word. We wouldn't do it any other way!

P.S. Your special gift to GFC would be of great encouragement at this time as our summer giving is lagging significantly. Click here to give.

Grace and Peace,

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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