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The world didn't end on Saturday, but if things start to feel eerie next week, it's probably because Focus on the Family's President and CEO Jim Daly has officially admitted to "losing" the war on gay marriage. The major factors in their loss? The same factors that ruin things for everyone, everywhere: young people, cultural climate, and God.
The unexpected concession was made during an interview with WORLD Magazine, a bi-weekly Christian publication, where Daly also offers up his opinions on President Obama's marriage and the best way for Christians to set a better example for the world in the realm of marriage. Here's what Daly had to say about gay marriage, specifically:
We're winning the younger generation on abortion, at least in theory. What about same-sex marriage? We're losing on that one, especially among the twenty- and thirty-somethings: sixty-five to seventy percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don't know if that's going to change with a little more age — demographers would say probably not. We've probably lost that. I don't want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.
Daly continues to not be an "extremist" by suggesting that perhaps heightened support of gay marriage is God's way of telling Christians that they've done a poor job keeping their own marriages from falling apart. He also says that he's spoken to gay activists who have called him out on the fact that his religion isn't doing such a great job, something Daly clearly feels bad about. So maybe he should follow the golden rule and treat others the way he wants to be treated, right? Wrong. Daly's actual solution to the fifty-percent divorce rate is eliminating "no-fault divorce" in the church, which basically means that churches would kindly ask you to leave, should you not want to make your marriage work. Well, that's one way of doing it.