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Letter: Supreme Court got it right; Concord pastor got it wrong

Supreme Court got it right; Concord pastor got it wrong

Re “The true ruling is in the Bible” (Monitor Opinion page, June 29):

The Rev. Brian Fuller’s perspective that “Our God has defined . . . marriage as one man with one woman for a lifetime,” deliberately ignores passages where very different definitions are explicit (the plural marriages of Abraham, David and Solomon) or implied (“a bishop should be husband of one wife”). Many Christians focus on Jesus’s commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you.”

As executive director of BJUnity, which supports several former members of Fuller’s church, and as a gay Christian, I strongly disagree that “debate over the . . . genesis of homosexual inclinations can cease.” I am surprised that the pastor of a church which notoriously mishandled childhood sexual abuse is even discussing sexual ethics.

BJUnity has detailed numerous personal stories by LGBT+ people who were heterosexually married. The results were disastrous. While we certainly hope that Fuller’s views have evolved since his college days at Bob Jones University, he does not inspire confidence when saying “The gay lifestyle is also in the same sin column as other sins.”

I am not a sex act, an agenda, a sin, or a lifestyle choice. I am a human being, created in God’s image, loved by God and redeemed by Jesus Christ.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The Supreme Court has moved along that arc by recognizing that the right to marry is sacred for every individual adult citizen, regardless of the specifics of sex or gender.

JEFFREY HOFFMAN

New York

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