Let’s not go ahead of ourselves here and mix up carrots and potatoes.
We are trying to find out what the Bible says about same-sex marriage. If we call ourselves Christian it is our duty to know about God’s will even if it is not comfortable at time. The disciples themselves had hard times sometimes with what Jesus was saying because they found out that following Christ was not always convenient.
What about us today? Is our walk with the Lord based on what is convenient to us or is it based on the love of Jesus and the love of the truth?
Because this is the question that we have to face once we have discovered God’s will. And it is rarely easy, not just for the LGBTQ people but for everybody.
Are the LGBTQ people condemned to a life of loneliness in the church? By definition, no. But in practice, well, it can be the case, unfortunately, because of the raging ideological war concerning the LGBTQ. But is changing the meaning or interpretation of some biblical texts the solution to this problem? I don’t think so.
For the record, I didn’t minimize anything. So let’s avoid the red herring.
And to say that it is just a church policy is a mischaracterization. But I guess it is easier to say that it is just a church policy rather than saying it is a “policy” coming from God because like that people don’t appear to be fighting against God but rather against a “misguided” church policy.
Again, you are comparing carrots and potatoes.
What was the role of circumcision? What is the role of marriage? They have two different purposes and you cannot arbitrarily compare them.
Also, who told you that the concept of marriage being only between a man and a woman was arbitrary? Can you prove it?
In fact, being arbitrary or not is even not the issue. You may say that circumcision was an arbitrary sign but it was chosen by God and you ignored it at your peril.
Also, circumcision was not arbitrarily abolished and the disciples didn’t just decide on their own to abolished the practice.
There is a name for that: wishful thinking.
Determining whether same-sex attraction is a normal outgrowth of biology or not is precisely the point of argument. First, is it really a outgrowth of biology? Second, if it is, can it be considered “normal”? Acromegaly is also an outgrowth of biology (literally) but nobody would say it is normal.
And third, what does the Bible say about it and what are Christians supposed to do?
To say that “surely God would intend for us to accommodate same-sex marriage” is borderline presumptuous and even dangerous as it is always perilous to confuse our wishes with God’s intentions or will (there are a few examples in the Scriptures).
Now, this being said, it is sure that “the great psychological and spiritual pain” of LGBTQ people needs to be addressed and cannot be swept under the rug.