Christian Marriage in a Campus Culture of Homosexuality and Transgenderism
FORT MILL, SC — Christian newlyweds spoke about their ministry on human sexuality to a secular campus, acknowledging the difficulty of Christian sexual morality but saying that the saving power of Jesus Christ and their joy in God enabled them to follow the path and be an example to others.
"We have a unique opportunity to display what we believe a Christian marriage is designed to look like, in the face of a world that is up in arms about marriage right now," declared Grant Forrester, a senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, in an interview with PJ Media on Saturday. "Homosexuality, and transgenderism, and gender fluidity, and not knowing exactly what context marriage should fit into that," defines the sexual confusion on college campuses today.
Grant and his wife Lexi said they felt blessed to be able to model Christian sexuality in such a confused environment. They head up their school's chapter of Ratio Christi, a Christian evangelization group on college campuses which hosts discussions on how Christianity relates to key cultural questions. "The biggest question that we've received for our surveys for topics that we should cover this semester has been gender fluidity and homosexuality and gay marriage rights and transgenderism," Grant said.
Lexi addressed "sexuality as a whole ... and what it looks like as believers — the fact that it's God's good gift, what the world has made it look like and what God has expected it to be." She explained that "it's been really amazing to finally have the ability to talk about it, because we're married, so we can actually talk about it in a way where it's personal to us, we understand more than we ever did before."
This experience is key to establishing their credibility on sexual issues, her husband explained. "We don't just look like bigots who aren't married and don't know what we're talking about," he said.
The couple admitted that many churches have overemphasized marriage. "The church has placed such a high standard on marriage: if you're not married, then you're not quite yet a complete Christian," Grant explained.
Lexi laid out a good way for Christians to approach those who are not living by the biblical standard (no sex until marriage, and only in marriage): "We understand, but this is what God calls us to, and this is how you can do it. We've done it — we've been able to glorify God in the way that we've dated, got engaged, and then married."
"We're not perfect," the young wife was quick to add, "but by God's grace we wanted to be an example, and we wanted to create other Christians to be strong examples to our campus, on what it means to be a Christian: to be single, to be married, and just to be glorifying God in both states."
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