Looks like Jim Wallis has joined those “leaders,” religious and non-religious alike, who have “evolved” in regards to their support of same-sex marriage. On Friday while being interviewed by the Huffington Post, Wallis was asked about his views concerning the growing support for same-sex marriage. Wallis said, “We are losing marriage in this society. I’m worried about that — among low income people, but all people. How do we commit liberals and conservatives to re-covenanting marriage, reestablishing, renewing marriage? “
Okay, I agree with his first observation- we are losing marriage in our society (as statistics show) and we are in desperate need of a social and moral renewal regarding the covenant and obligation of marriage. I couldn’t agree more.
The rest of his statement is pure rubbish.
He continues, “I think we should include same-sex couples in that renewal of marriage, [but] I want to talk marriage first. Marriage needs some strengthening. Let’s start with marriage, and then I think we have to talk about, now, how to include same-sex couples in that deeper understanding of marriage. I want a deeper commitment to marriage that is more and more inclusive, and that’s where I think the country is going.”
When asked for clarification of his support for same-sex marriage, Wallis answered “yes.”
First of all, how exactly do we include same-sex marriage in an effort to renew marriage? How do we renew that which doesn’t nor has ever existed?
Second, aren’t supporters of marriage (as it’s always been defined and understood) always told that legalizing same-sex marriage won’t detrimentally affect “traditional” marriages? Yet Wallis argues that redefining marriage that includes homosexuals will “strengthen” marriage? That it will “deepen our understanding of marriage?” How exactly will this occur, Jim?
Third, how does redefining marriage lead to a deeper commitment to marriage, specifically?
The breadth of his statement is pure emotionalism that isn’t supported logically or theologically, period. As a matter of fact, Wallis’ own words in support of traditional marriage in 2008 undermine his current position.
In an interview with Christianity Today, when Wallis was asked about same-sex marriages and civil unions he said, “I don’t think the sacrament of marriage should be changed. Some people say that Jesus didn’t talk about homosexuality, and that’s technically true. But marriage is all through the Bible, and it’s not gender-neutral.”
Seems that Wallis has got some ‘splainin’ to do.
What’s behind the change of Wallis’ position? It might have something to do with the fact that he’s pushing his new book On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.
After all, it seemed to have worked for Rob Bell.
Just to be clear, both Bell and Wallis are openly advocating for the church to embrace one of the fads of culture- to do the exact opposite of Romans 12:2.
Friendship with the world is to be at enmity with God; whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4).
Those who bear the name of Christ should be prepared to defend their position of redefining marriage and that defense should entail much more than increasing the number of books they hope to sell.