Put Marriage in Your Church Constitution
Harry Jackson, Chairman of the High Impact Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, has written a column called The Gay Activists Are Heading for the Churches. I don’t doubt anything he says because it is the logical next step. He points out that the homosexual community is seeking to “mainstream” gays in three phases of life–marriage, politics, and religion.
What should evangelical churches do to be ready? Here’s one answer. Make sure you have a clear statement about your understanding of marriage. Put it in your church constitution. Add it to your Statement of Faith. Most statements of faith don’t say anything about marriage because in generations past, no one dreamed of a day when people would seriously argue for same-sex marriage. But that day is upon us. It’s not hard to foresee a time in the next few years when evangelical churches are challenged about their convictions on homosexuality. It won’t be enough to say, “This is why we oppose same-sex marriage.” We need to affirmatively say, “This is how God defines marriage.”
Better to write it now than to wish you had later.