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10/09/2013

Southern Baptist leader monitors Bushes' wedding RSVPs; sends his personal regrets

by Jeremy Hooper

George and Barbara Bush recently witnessed the wedding of a lesbian couple with whom they are friendly. At least one Southern Baptist leader is now here to properly condemn the Bushes for their celebratory choices:

"The news coverage of the Bushes’ attendance at the same-sex wedding points to a reality that must be understood—and fast. Attendance at a wedding is not a neutral act. The history and context of the wedding ceremony identify all those present as agreeing to the rightness of the marriage and acting as witnesses to the exchange of vows. This is why the venerable language of The Book of Common Prayer, used in the overwhelming majority of Christian weddings, calls upon anyone with knowledge that the proposed union is invalid to speak, “or forever hold his peace.” Anyone remaining silent at that point is affirming the rightness and validity of the marriage, and all who are present are counted as both witnesses and those who celebrate the union."

"We must certainly understand the relational challenges and the predicaments that this poses for Christians who do not believe that same-sex marriage is right in the sight of God. Those who would affirm same-sex marriage and the normalization of homosexuality must defy the clear teachings of Scripture. Christians cannot affirm what the Bible defines as sin, and yet that is what is demanded of us in our current cultural context. One of the hardest issues for every Christian will be the responsibility to relate to everyone we know with both love and truth."

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler

Stay tuned for explosive undercover video, in which social conservatives will consider how high the Bushes raised their glasses during any of the reception's toasts and whether or not their lofted flutes should exclude the former White House occupants from the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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