ABOTTSFORD, BC — “Marriage has become an idol of the world and the church,” according to one Christian apologetic speaker.
A key speaker at the Apologetics Canada Conference on March 4, Christopher Yuan, author of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, spoke on the issue of singleness inside the church.
He challenged churches to be more open to singles among them who often feel very alone in the body of Christ, which has focused largely on marriage.
Yuan and his mother, who co-authored the book, wrote of the idolatry of marriage following the Supreme Court decision in the U.S. to legalize same sex marriage.
In a letter to the court they noted that Justice Kennedy wrote in the decision that “marriage is the highest ideal of love.”
They wrote that the church has failed to show the LGBT community another option to marriage, “which is singleness – lived out in the fruitful and full context of God’s community, the family of God.”
This does not mean as Justice Kennedy wrote out that singles are “condemned to live in loneliness; but that singles can have intimate and fulfilling relationships full of love. “It can be just as rewarding and fulfilling as marriage.”
Yuan and his mother said they disagreed that marriage was the highest ideal of love.
“Earthly marriage does not have a monopoly on love. God is love. The pinnacle of love is God’s love for us in Christ. Nothing is greater than that.”
Read the full article at Christian Week.