Propelled by the legalization of gay marriage in Florida, the Adventist Health System voted to offer benefits to same-sex couples employed at Florida Hospital. The company already offers similar benefits to its employees in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Maryland.
As same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land, the Adventist Church and its institutions are faced with weightier issues than some that are currently debated. Here are some questions this event brings to mind:
- Whereas the Adventist Church defines marriage to be between one man and one woman, what Biblical rationale does the church provide when it extends benefits to same-sex couples?
- Whereas the church is to abide by the law of the land, what happens when the law contradicts the Bible? Are the church and its affiliated institutions afraid of expensive lawsuits that they are unlikely to win?
- By extending benefits to same-sex couples, are these church institutions endorsing same-sex marriage?
- If any tithe/offering money is allocated to such institutions that offer benefits to same-sex couples, is this wise stewardship?
Watch the news segment about Florida Hospital’s benefits to same-sex couples: