An older version of Newsweek Magazine tries to reconcile Gay Marriage with the Bible, and Albert Mohler is there with some great observations, but it’s his conclusion that we need to pay attention to:
Disappointingly, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham offers an editorial note that broadens Newsweek’s responsibility for this atrocity of an article and reveals even more of the agenda: “No matter what one thinks about gay rights—for, against or somewhere in between —this conservative resort to biblical authority is the worst kind of fundamentalism,” Meacham writes. “Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions that come to us in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt—it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition.”
Well, that statement sets the issue clearly before us. He insists that “to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt.” No serious student of the Bible can deny the challenge of responsible biblical interpretation, but the purpose of legitimate biblical interpretation is to determine, as faithfully as possible, what the Bible actually teaches — and then to accept, teach, apply, and obey.
This is the whole point— there’s two ways to look at the Bible, and both are on display here.
- There are those that start with the Bible, see what it says, and then either disagree or agree with it.
- Then there are those that know it says one thing, but decide to try to make it read what they want it to read—to manipulate the Bible into saying what they believe.
The latter is much more dangerous than the former—even if those in the first camp disagree with it.