The Church Must Become ‘the Church Against Sin, Not Just Homosexuality’


The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage has church leaders grappling with how to respond to prevailing cultural views on same-sex relationships, particularly among the younger generation.

According to a recent Barna Group survey , “Age has been– and continues to be– a defining fault line on the issue.” A recent Barna Group survey show that among “Practicing Christians” under 40 years old, 35% favor the Supreme Court’s ruling, while 73% of  “Non-Ppracticing” Christians support the decision.

Barna defines “Practicing Christian” as ” self-identified Christians who say their faith is very important to their lives and who have attended a worship service, other than for a special occasion, one or more times during the past month.”

Ashley Onyia, an educator in Dayton, Ohio, believes the church needs to focus on changing culture, not politics.

“The church messed up when we began to focus on politics instead of focusing on impacting culture. When you are able to change people’s hearts, their laws follow with them,” she said.

“We’re not just the church that’s against homosexuality, we (should be) against sin,” she added. “The LGBT community, almost geniously changed the way our society viewed their lifestyle and subesquently the laws followed that.”

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Alesia Hill

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