Gay Marriage, Not a Bigot

I am opposed to changing the definition of marriage to include same sex couples, and I am not a bigot. I believe that marriage is defined as a union between a man and women. This deeply held conviction is based on my understanding of God’s creative plan. I further embrace this view based on 6000 years of social history, the natural biological process, and what we observe as the only realistic plan for legitimate family development and propagation.

This article is written to represent the majority of people who do not agree with changing the definition of marriage, yet who are being painted into a bigoted corner by our secular culture.

The current trend of stereotyping every one who holds this view as a small-minded, unkind, bigot, is offensive at best and discriminatory at worst. The proponents of this social shift are strong-arming conscientious people with the threat of bigotry, and in doing so are infringing on the civil rights that they themselves propose to defend.

I am aware that there are those who, in the name of Christianity and opposition to this issue, evidence there own lack of grace and do more harm than good in this discussion. I do not defend them or their actions.

I am motivated to defend the millions of ordinary citizens who believe that marriage is a sacred institution that has served our civilizations well for thousands of years, many of these hold a deep faith in God, some do not. Nevertheless, it is neither ignorant nor bigoted to defend what every culture has up to this point in history never questioned

As a pastor I have spent the last 18 years serving and loving people of all persuasion. It is deeply offensive to be accused of being a person of hate and bigotry because we do not believe that a radical social experiment never before tested should be casually accepted.

For the record, I do not believe that polygamy should be legalized either. This and a sordid of other arrangements are all doors that we open when we abolish the traditional definition of marriage. We don’t want to go down that road.

Our laws already allow people who want to bequeath their possessions, enjoy visitation rights, or reside together to do so with ease and without retribution. This social issue has far more to do with a particular political agenda than anything as simple as the oft-mentioned above complaints.

I am comforted to know that to love everyone does not demand my approval nor acceptance of their behavior. Neither does my disapproval or refusal to accept equate to hatred or bigotry.
Christ love for me did not excuse my sin, it motivated him to lay down his life and provide for me eternal life that brings hope and joy that all of us desperately desire. It is my prayer that I can speak his truth in love and lead others to a meaningful and life-changing relationship with Him.

About Pastor Troy Keaton

Founding pastor at EastLake Community Church at Smith Mountain Lake Virginia. View all posts by Pastor Troy Keaton

2 responses to “Gay Marriage, Not a Bigot

  • jon

    Divorce and interracial marriages were once illegal too. Brittany Spears had a marriage that was outlasted by a rainstorm and gay people will ruin the sanctity of it? I’m pretty sure the fact that you can no longer trade your daughter for two goats and a cow means we’ve already “redefined” it.

    • Pastor Troy Keaton

      Jon, thanks so much for taking the time to
      Comment. I couldnt agree more that out culture has been destroying quality marriage for decades. Are you making a connection between the destruction of marriage such as Brittany Spears and same sex marriage?

      Actually there are cultures where families exchange goods (even animals) for the marriage of the children today. Thats not a problem, I dont think. It has worked well for an African friend of mine. The issue is 1 man and 1 woman. Thats what has not changed.

      In Christian Love

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