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Resources for Pastors and Others to Consider Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

May 11th, 2012
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Helpful links and resources from the Manhattan Declaration folks….
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:11)

Yesterday, for the first time, President Obama publicly affirmed his support for same-sex marriage, a calculated political maneuver intended to energize his base in the months before the November presidential election.

 At a time when most Americans’ primary concern is their ability to work to provide for their family, as crippling debt, record deficits, and fragile global markets loom over the economy, the President seems intent on having a national conversation about life, love, and religious liberty.
So be it.
The Manhattan Declaration is a coalition of the historic Christian faiths united in support of the sanctity of every human life, marriage as the conjugal union of a man to a woman as the bedrock of society, and religious liberty as the cornerstone of freedom. We promote a culture of life, love, and liberty in many ways. One is to equip you, our advocates, with the best resources on these issues.
Below is
a list of ten articles and videos on the subject of marriage. Take an hour to skim them. Don’t try to memorize the data or recite the arguments verbatim; rather, reflect on them. Allow your mind to absorb the broad principles. As the national conversation on this topic reaches a fever pitch in the next few days, you will be primed as a witness to the truth.
One final thought: this is not a war to be won in the blogosphere or on Facebook. We are teachers, co-workers, family members, and friends in relationship with those who have yet to see. Be gracious, be patient, and be kind.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11)

What is Marriage?

by Sherif Girgis, Robert George, and Ryan T. Anderson

Why I’m Optimistic About Natural Marriage

by Andrew Walker

Why Is Marriage Important? (video)

by John Piper

Who Needs Marriage?

by Chuck Colson

Marriage in Society: The Generation Clash (pps. 47-57)

by Matthew Lee Anderson

What Would Bonhoeffer Do?

by Eric Metaxas

Dennis Prager Debates Perez Hilton on Same-Sex Marriage (Warning: YouTube contains objectionable content)

Religion, Reason, and Same-Sex Marriage

by Matthew J. Franck

A Marriage in Full

by Gary A. Anderson

On Marriage and the Moral Limits of Human Sexuality

by Metropolitan Jonah

 They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right. -Ronald Reagan, 1964

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