Q. My question has to do with gay marriage and gay military service. I know that it is morally wrong, and an abomination to God, but I don’t really know if I want the government having the power to tell people what to do. As a borderline libertarian, I do not like the government having that much control over people’s lives, but as a Christian, I do not want to support any action that violates God’s laws. See my dilemma?
If I vote for someone who opposes gay marriage, then I am potentially giving the government the power to legislate morality, and have that much more control, but if I vote for someone who supports gay marriage and military service, then I fear I may be positioning myself against God’s laws; a place I do not want to be. Is it possible to reconcile these two seemingly conflicting motivations?
A. Yes, I see your dilemma. But in my opinion, you’re trying to reconcile a theological position with a political one. The Bible has clearly expressed God’s views on homosexuality (Romans 1:21-27), and it also says He has ordained human governments (Romans 13:1). The real question is what God thinks of the libertarian view. One definition of libertarianism holds that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Do you believe God supports that view? Once you settle that issue your course of action will be clear.