What Would Jesus Do If Invited to a Gay Wedding?
John ShoreBesides here on Crosswalk, John blogs on JohnShore.com.
- 2008 Jul 15
I've recently been invited to a couple of gay weddings. (I live in California, don't you know---the land of fruits and nuts). So I asked myself the famous "What would Jesus do?" question.
Which led me to the Bible.
Which led me to this:
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. (Matthew 23:24),
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. (Matthew 23:13),
and, most painfully, this:
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. (Matthew 23:15)
And so it seemed to me that I should go to the wedding of my friends, that Jesus would much prefer I put my love into action--that is, that I participate in the world, wherever it calls me to be--rather than staying at home, alone, with my dogma, and showing no one any love at all.
But what do you think? Better to go the weddings, and thereby keep and enhance my relationship with my gay friends, or refuse to go, and probably irreparably damage those relationships? Cuz those are my choices.
Answer this toughie here.