From a Protestant clergyman reader…
Thank you for your blog. Your courage and clarity motivate me. I am a Protestant clergy and am struggling with whether or not I should even morally be signing marriage licenses anymore. I had my first marriage since the Supreme Court decision [Obergefell v Hodges] and the new form has “spouse 1” and “spouse 2” on it. I felt like I was condoning and participating in an evil act. Do you have any advice for me about how you manage this current muck?
If the marriage is between a man and a woman, then there isn’t any moral problem with signing the licences. “Spouse” is neutral and is, in fact, accurate… for men and women.
If, however, you are signing the licenses for same-sex … blech… unions…
… STOP DOING THAT and you won’t have to sign them.
There are 9 different ways to participate culpably in the sin of another, namely:
- By counsel (to give advice, one’s opinion or instructions.)
- By command (to demand, to order, such as in the military.)
- By consent (to give permission, to approve, to agree to.)
- By provocation (to dare.)
- By praise or flattery (to cheer, to applaud, to commend.)
- By concealment (to hide the action, to cover-up.)
- By partaking (to take part, to participate.)
- By silence (by playing dumb, by remaining quiet.)
- By defense of the ill done (to justify, to argue in favour.)
It is not morally permissible to participate in any homosexual ceremony on any level.
Sodomy is a “sin that cries to heaven”. Same-sex unions are mockeries of the natural order and, hence, of God.