In a thought-provoking essay at Center for Law and Religion Forum, University of Michigan Law School’s Dan Crane wonders how Jesus might have responded if someone had asked him about same-sex marriage, the way people asked him about taxes to Caesar and divorce:
Chances are that Jesus’ answer would go to issues far beyond the narrow question presented. This was almost invariably Jesus’ pattern when confronted with hot-button legal issues. He always found the question itself less important than the darkness it exposed. Thus, he turned the question about paying taxes to Caesar into condemnation of his questioners’ failure to honor God, the adultery penalty question into an indictment of his interlocutors’ self-righteousness, and the divorce question into an exposé of spiritual hardness. I shiver to think of how he might turn the same-sex marriage question back on us. All of us.