Blog Brief: The Golden Rule and Same-Sex Marriage

According to President Obama the Golden Rule was his reason supporting same-sex marriage. Is this a justified position from a Christian perspective as Obama posits? I don’t think so.

Ed Stetzer wrote a piece on the latest research that, sadly, 64% of Americans believe legalization of same-sex marriage is inevitable. Stetzer reminded us of Obama’s Golden Rule comment. What Obama actually said was quoted in a 2010 USA Today article. The President stated that he and Mrs. Obama are:

both practicing Christians and obviously [same-sex marriage] may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Interesting how Obama can reference his Christian faith as a reason to support a law, but when someone on the right does the same they get blasted. (That’s another discussion.) Ironically, Obama invokes Christ’s sacrifice throws in a “but” and moves to the Golden Rule. There are no “buts” between Christ’s sacrifice and His teaching of the Golden Rule.

What Jesus said is recorded in Matthew 7 and Luke 6:31. The Gospel of Matthew reads, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12 ESV). On the Law and the Prophets Jesus also said:

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

Not only are there no “buts” between Jesus’ sacrifice and His teachings, but His teachings are to be followed in conjunction with His sacrifice. Jesus’ sacrifice frees believers from sin and enables them to follow His teachings.

Finally, we love our neighbors as ourselves second to loving God with all our being. We love our neighbors in light of God’s commands including keeping others from and warning them about sin. Therefore, for a Christian to truly do unto others as we would have them do unto us leads to a rejection of same-sex marriage.

Besides, if Obama does not desire to marry another man, how is he “doing unto others”?

For what it’s worth…


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TheMisfit March 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

It’s not worth much. This is exactly why Christians get a bad wrap. What happened to “they will know we are Christians by our love?” This article dame across as political and mean- spirited. Neither are good witnesses.

2 Mark March 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

TheMisFit, how exactly was it mean-spirited? Obama attempted to make the case in support of same-sex marriage from a Christian perspective. I took his position showing why his reasoning and premises do not support his conclusion.

Actually, the verse says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35 ESV). The most loving thing I can do with Obama is point him back to God’s word so that he may fulfill the first and then the second greatest commands of Jesus.

3 FaceLoran April 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Because if you wish to be able to marry who you want to, but think you can restrict someone else from marrying who they want to, you are not “doing unto others”.

4 Mark April 3, 2013 at 12:15 am

You are doing unto others as you would have them do unto you which for the Christian is in accordance with God’s ways.

5 Ricardo April 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

Same-sex marriage in the first place should not be the right adjective or word of same sex person united legally by any organization, state or country for it contradict the real meaning of it. Golden Rule applies here to same-sex as “LEGAL UNION” not “MARRIAGE” for these people who are of same sex have also their right to happiness according to what they feel. We should not judge them, but embrace them for as long as they are following the law of their respective country. Golden Rule is respect and understanding God.


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