I don’t take my position on any issue lightly. Â Especially for one who regularly expresses opinions on political and moral issues, I believe it behooves us to seriously research and consider all the facts and cornerstone moral principles before taking a position on an issue. Â I expect as much from those who seek to serve in public office. Â Sadly, it appears many politicians consider principles to be disposable things that can be discarded as soon as they are deemed inconvenient.
Senator Rob Portman became the most prominent Republican lawmaker to back gay rights when he reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage on Friday, two years after his son told him he was gay.
In a newspaper opinion piece on Friday, shortly before the Supreme Court is to hear arguments in two key cases on the issue, the Ohio senator said he now supports gay marriage.
“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” Portman wrote in an op-ed piece in Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch.
“That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a Congressman, and more recently as a Senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then, something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.”
Portman’s 21-year-old son, Will, told the senator and his wife in February 2011 that he was gay and had been “since he could remember.”
As a parent, I understand how love for one’s children can sometimes tempt us to blind ourselves to truths we’d rather not face. Â But it’s a temptation we must not yield to. Â Truth, right and wrong are not dependent on our feelings or circumstances.
Does that mean Portman should stop loving his son? Â Absolutely not! Â He should love Him unconditionally, no matter what mistakes he makes or what he’s struggling with. Â But loving a child doesn’t mean redefining an entire bedrock societal institutionÂ for their sake. Â It means embracing them Â for who they are, responding in grace to what they do, and remembering that all of us are sinners in need of a savior, whether gay or straight.
Leaving apart the question of whether marriage law should be changed, this strikes me as a problematic approach. I mean, marriage law should be changed or it shouldn’t be changed — but it shouldn’t hinge on the sexual attractions of one senator’s son, should it?
What if a conservative senator said, “I’m reversing my views on whether abortion should be legal because my daughter got pregnant and wished she weren’t.”
One of the fascinating things about society today is that personal experience trumps everything else in argumentation. Very few people seem to care about fundamental truths and principles while everyone seems to care about personal experience and emotion. It’s the Oprahfication of political philosophy.
Should a conservative determine good policy this way?
To state it bluntly, Senator Portman, Christianity, the Word of God, and the proper view of homosexuality has nothing to do with you or your changing perspective. Â It has everything to do with the unchanging Word of God. Â Your attempt to cloak your opinion by distorting the Word of God is not only offensive but blasphemous. Â I encourage you to open your Bible and read what it says about false teachers and those who add to or take away from the Word of God.
I understand that your son is a homosexual. Â As a Christian you are called to love him but you cannot condone his sin and encourage others to do the same. Â Principles are higher than our individual circumstances. Â Principles do not change because the circumstances Â in our lives change.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. Â And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Â And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Â He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. Â (Matthew 10:37-39)
Condoning the sin of homosexuality will not help your son to lead a â€œhappy, meaningfulâ€ life. Â He cannot lead such a life in direct opposition to the Word of the Lord. Â You have taken the easy path and it will only lead to sin and death, error, and worse.
My prayers are with you and your family but Christians must not let your attempt to pervert the Word of God to fit your own personal life go unchallenged.
Do you know what you believe, and why? Â Have you actually thought through your position on certain issues, taking into consideration all the facts and core values before taking a position?