By Lonnie Wilkey
Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex marriages is a blow not only for many Catholics but also for other religions and denominations that continue to fight for the biblical view of marriage.
Though Pope Francis had expressed support for civil unions for gay couples in the past, his endorsement — which was shown during the premier of the documentary “Francesco” on Oct. 21, at the Rome Film Festival — has created a stir.
Because he is the first pope to publicly declare his support, his remarks were labeled “historic” by gay Catholics and supporters of same-sex marriage.
I personally would use the term “appalling.”
When religious leaders, regardless of denomination, affirm what the Bible clearly defines as “sin,” it hurts the witness of those who follow Christ. As a result, Christians who clearly believe and affirm His word are seen as “out of touch” with society.
And, that’s okay. I would rather be seen as in touch with God any day. One of the major problems in our world today is we want to be politically correct instead of biblically correct.
Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear of North Carolina said it well, “No matter what a pope, pastor or elected official says, we do not get to define sexuality or the family. The Creator does, and on this, His word could not be more clear.”