HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Amid the cheers and congratulations, there has been a vocal opposition to the same-sex marriages performed this week.
While laws may change, many Alabama Christians are sharing why their views are steadfast.
Just scroll through the comments on the WHNT News 19 Facebook page and you’ll see the disparity. Many cheer what they see as a step toward equality, while others pray for a state whose future they believe is grim.
“The judge’s ruling basically threw out the laws of Alabama unfairly, and went against God’s word and God’s purpose for the family,” said Reverend James Henderson, a vocal pro-life and Christian activist.
Reverend Henderson says the federal courts decision is trampling on the voter’s voice — and the faith they see as the backbone of any law.
“We believe, as Christians, the only truly valid law is that which lines up with God’s moral law,” said Henderson. “Even though God loves all of us sinners, whether heterosexual or homosexual, He hates sin.”
Soon the law may no longer back up what Henderson sees in scripture. But for the Reverend, and Christians that agree with him, they believe there is a greater, and ultimately more consequential truth.
“The future for the church has not changed. It will always be to stand against sin, whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual. Meaning in this case homosexual behavior will never be acceptable to the legitimate church.”
While many take offense to the federal court’s ruling and this week’s weddings, some churches are rejoicing.
Reverend Carol Landry, with Unity Church on the Mountain, says her church has always been open and accepting to the LGBTQ community. She doesn’t see why Christians – and the church – would be any other way.
“I think it’s a matter of looking at it and putting it in context of where we are, and put it in context of loving your neighbor as yourself,” said Landry, in response to the oft-cited scriptures against homosexuality. “[It’s] not ‘love your neighbor if she looks like you, acts like you, believes like you’. There’s no exclusion in that process.”