Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

The media would have you think that same sex marriage in the US is inevitable. Gay marriage activists would also have you believe that public opinion has suddenly shifted in their favor. Nothing could be further from the truth. A Pew Research Survey was released last week that shows our citizens’ true views on same-sex marriage. The poll found that 53 percent of Americans oppose allowing couples of the same sex to marry legally. This number is hardly an endorsement of gay marriage.

On the other hand, 57 percent of Americans want to give same-sex couples rights afforded married couples by allowing civil unions. This is a 3 percent increase since 2008. The numbers suggest that this is not a losing battle. We are not ready to give in to a small segment of society who wishes to completely redefine family, marriage and our society.

The battle for marriage reminds me of the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines in the Old Testament. The battle lines were drawn; it was beginning to look like a losing battle. To add insult to injury, the Philistines took to making a public spectacle out of the Israelites by hiring giant mercenaries who taunted the Israeli army daily. The well-known story of Goliath and the young boy David comes from this backdrop. An untrained, under-armored David is sent to fight a professional, gargantuan soldier. As we know from the account, David killed the giant with a mere slingshot and a stone applied to the place where Goliath’s armor was lacking---at the temple.

Our fight for marriage needs a David spirit…one that exudes the belief that a stone placed in the right way can truly make a difference in our battle. We have several stones to choose from: righteousness, truth, and justice.

Righteousness and responsibility are on our side. The Pew Research survey mentioned above showed that half the public (49 percent) believes that homosexual behavior is morally wrong. In fact, 64 percent of blacks think that homosexuality is morally wrong while 48 percent of whites agree. These figures include all segments of society and not just religious ones. Of the religious groups questioned, 76 percent of while evangelicals and 65 percent of black Protestants say that homosexuality is morally wrong.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.