Miniblog #183: A Sensible, Alternative Approach to the Gay Marriage Issue
*Adapted from a Facebook status update on 4-8-2013.
As I understand it, in the Netherlands couples are issued certificates of Civil Union by the government. Then they have whatever ceremony–religious or non-religious–they choose. I’m pretty sure I support this approach. Of course, it seems to me it’s no coincidence the Netherlands implemented this. The real challenge in doing so here is that it would seem to require an honest acknowledgement by some of our post-christian, pluralistic realities and a further decoupling of church and state. This view also presupposes that a) there should be an end to the culture wars and b) we should strive toward it. My life experience tells me, however, that a great many American Christians have fashioned much of their identity around that conflict. It’s a false dichotomy in theory, but in practice they seem driven more by opposition to Satan than support for Christ. Thus, the culture wars provide a sort of militaristic spiritual nourishment that really keeps them passionate about the faith. Without it, they’d be lost… Just my perspective as one whose faith used to be driven by that opposition impulse.