There was a lot of excitement yesterday around the internet regarding President Obama's endorsement of Gay Marriage. The endorsement isn't really a shock to anyone who has been paying attention, but what I found incredibly interesting was the almost uniformed response by the Christian community, specifically the Christian community under 30. On the most progressive side, younger Christians affirm that Gay Marriage is a justice issue and that this is the time for marriage equality.
On the more traditional side, younger Christians took the announcement as an opportunity to bash the church for its poor handling of this topic over the past 20 years or so.
This all got me thinking . . .
What if the full throated endorsement of gay marriage was more than a simple justice issue, or a referendum on old judgmental Christians? What if the endorsement, either explicitly or implicitly, is actually a smokescreen covering the true debate happening among our younger Christians?
Could this debate simply be the cover for the total rejection of the traditional Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.
If the focus is on the homosexual community and their rights or on the church and its poor behavior towards those who have "fallen" sexually, then all the oxygen will be taken out of the room for the defense of traditional, biblical, sexual ethics.
I don't mean to sound alarmist, but you have to admit that people under 30 have a much broader ethic when it comes to sexuality. Even those who endorse the party line in their heads, rarely match that line with their actual lives.
The gay marriage debate is the perfect smoke screen to distract the church and younger Christians from the high calling to be imitators of Christ; to pursue holiness, selflessness, and self control.
As you can tell, this is not really a completed thought, but one I could not stop thinking about today. I am normally not a big fan of processing an idea out loud, but thought I would take a stab at it and invite you into the conversation.
With that being said: What do you think?
Do you think that this debate and tongue lashing of the church is actually a smokescreen deflecting the root issue which is a rejection of traditional sexual ethics in this new generation?
Maybe just in part? Not at all?