Insights from the SCOTUS Decision – Part Five

In the midst of a changing culture, it is important to keep first things first. Jesus said, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. He emphasized the principle of keeping first things first.

When it comes to the SCOTUS Decision and the interchange between Christians who hold to marriage being between one man and one woman and those who believe otherwise, it is important to keep first things first. Let me remind you that this blog is primarily addressed to Christians since Christians are the ones who should hold a worldview based on the Bible.

One argument supporting same sex marriages points to the failure of traditional marriages and families. This is a Straw Man Fallacy or Argument, which is used frequently against the Christian faith.

According to Stephen Downes in The Logical Fallacies, “A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent's argument, while actually refuting an argument which was not advanced by that opponent."

The Straw Man Fallacy begins by creating a different, weaker proposition or “standing up a straw man” and then refuting the false proposition or “knocking down the straw man” without ever having defeated the original proposition.

Those who favor same sex marriage may argue that gay couples are loving and caring and have better marriages than most Christians. This would be a Straw Man Fallacy.

The concern that Christians have about same sex marriage is not about the relative quality of marriages and families; it is about the absolute truth of God saying that same sex marriage is sinful. Again, let’s keep first things first.

In this case, even in the midst of keeping first things first, the Straw Man proponents have a valid point. Christians should definitely work on marriages and family life since it is commanded by God’s Word and can serve as a positive testimony to the world. It’s another way of keeping first things first.

In the final analysis, it’s all about keeping God’s Word in its proper place… the final authority in our lives. As a result, even when it is extremely difficult to live according to His Word, it is something we are called by Jesus to do, if we are to truly love Him (John 14:15).

Something to think about…