Becoming 'The Church against Sin, Not Just Homosexuality'
The Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage has church leaders grappling with how to respond to prevailing cultural views on same-sex relationships, particularly among the younger generation.
According to a recent Barna Group survey , "Age has been-- and continues to be-- a defining fault line on the issue." A recent Barna Group survey show that among "Practicing Christians" under 40 years old, 35% favor the Supreme Court's ruling, while 73% of "Non-Ppracticing" Christians support the decision.
Barna defines "Practicing Christian" as " self-identified Christians who say their faith is very important to their lives and who have attended a worship service, other than for a special occasion, one or more times during the past month."
**CBN news spoke with Ashley Onyia, an educator in Dayton, Ohio about how the church should address young people in light of the ruling. Click play to watch, including her testimony of her own journey away from same-sex attraction.
Ashley Onyia, an educator in Dayton, Ohio, believes the church needs to focus on changing culture, not politics.
"The church messed up when we began to focus on politics instead of focusing on impacting culture. When you are able to change people's hearts, their laws follow with them," she said.
"We're not just the church that's against homosexuality, we (should be) against sin," she added. "The LGBT community, almost geniously changed the way our society viewed their lifestyle and subesquently the laws followed that."
That culture is something she knows about first-hand.
"I was introduced to sex at a early age, and with that seed came a lot of fruit I had to deal with," Onyia said. "A lot of my friends and other people close to me told me I was a lesbian."
After hearing that for years she says she believed that she was gay.
"I asked myself one day, I wonder what God says I am," Onyia recalled. "God was able to carry me through that, I believe, to be able to tell the story and to reach out to those who still want deliverance."
"God is still a deliverer, despite what the Supreme court says. God is still a deliverer," Onyia said.