How a Distinction Between God's Kingdoms of the Church and the State Shapes a Christian's Approach to Gay Marriage
The issue of gay marriage is hotly contested throughout the United States of America. The Supreme Court's decisions are moving in favor of it, as is public opinion. However, Christians understand that God instituted marriage to be between one man and one woman. What is the proper Christian response to this cultural development? What guidance does God's Word give to individual Christians and pastors as they approach this issue in their private and public lives? A thorough study of the guidance in God's Word concerning this difficult topic will lead us to this conclusion: God has established two distinct kingdoms in the church and the state. Christians will seek to maintain the distinction between these two kingdoms, even when the government chooses to change the definition of marriage. The state's responsibility is to govern outward behavior. The Christian will serve the state in that endeavor however he is able to do so. The church, on the other hand, has been given the responsibility to change people's hearts. This task is not accomplished through legislation or political activism, but through the means of grace. Therefore the church will proudly proclaim law and gospel, but not become involved with the political fight over gay marriage.