Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rebuking McKissic

Associated Baptist Press has published a story about Dwight McKissic rebuking President Obama on his convictions concerning gay marriage. McKissic is pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and three years ago he participated in the Midwest Regional meeting of the New Baptist Covenant meeting that I hosted in Norman.

McKissic's criticism of Obama on this issue is misguided. He likened gay marriage to the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. The prophet Ezekiel's description of the sin of Sodom is recorded in Ezekiel 16:46-50:
Now your older sister is Samaria, who lives north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lives south of you, is Sodom with her daughters. Yet you have not merely walked in their ways or done according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you acted more corruptly in all your conduct than they. As I live,” declares the Lord God, “Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it. (NASB)
I think America deserves severe condemnation for the sins of Sodom as described by Ezekiel, but that has to do with our pride, arrogance and how we treat the poor and needy. It has nothing to do with gay marriage.

I suspect that McKissic has conflated the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapter 19 with the sin of Sodom. Actually, Genesis 19 describes an attempted gang rape, not a gay marriage.

McKissic's criticism of Obama on this issue is also hyperbolic. He reportedly likened the moral impact of Obama's endorsement of gay marriage to 911 and hurricane Katrina. In addition, he is reported to have said that its effect would be worse than segregation.

McKissic is welcome to his beliefs, but most Americans realize that we live in a pluralistic society under a constitution that guarantees religious liberty to every citizen. The constitution, not McKissic's interpretations of the Bible, are the law of this land.

That means that all Americans, including the President, are free to reject McKissic's beliefs about gay marriage and his over-the-top hyperbolic descriptions of its dangers.

Many of us will do so.

1 comment:

Dwight McKissic said...

Dr. Prescott,

Did you overlook "committed abominations" in the text you quoted above from Ezekiel? Does that not refer to homosexuality?

Dwight McKissic