Mr. Obama on Wednesday cited his Christian faith as a driving force behind the "evolution" of his thinking on gay marriage.
"When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it's also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated," Mr. Obama told ABC News' Robin Roberts on Wednesday.
But does the Golden Rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," really make a basis for gay marriage? No scripture verse can be taken in isolation, just as with any serious writing.
In the Bible homosexuality is unquestionably called sin. Seven passages in both the Old and New Testaments label it so and forbid it in any form. Add to that the positive accounts of marriage being a man and a woman, such as the created order of Adam and Eve and the many subsequent passages that use that creation account as the basis for marriage's pattern.
The Psalmist tells us that God "will withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly," which tells us that He only withholds that which is harmful, and in His wisdom, not good. So, isn't it loving to keep someone from harm, and warn them even when they can't see the danger? I would certainly want someone to warn me of hidden harm. That's the essence of the Golden Rule!
Homosexuality is something a loving God forbids. How can this be? He sees the danger even when we can't.
In a related point, did Jesus condone homosexuality? Some say he didn't teach on it. But in fact, He did.
In Matthew 5 Jesus reaffirmed the sinfulness of "sexual immorality. " He used the Greek word pornea which is the general terms for any type of illicit sexual conduct. Pronea included bestiality, incest, adultery, pre-maritial sex and homosexuality. All of these were well known to the ancient world and each specifically forbidden in the Old Testament law. This was the frame of reference for Jesus' hearers, all of whom were Jewish and schooled in the Law of Moses as the standard. So, had Jesus wanted to sanction bestiality He would have to have made an explicit exception or else everyone, and we mean everyone, would take pornea as inclusive of all practices forbidden in the Mosaic Law.