In the midst of fiery debates over the future of marriage – and other huge moral issues in our society – how can we respond to those we disagree with in love? We welcome author Glenn Stanton to share the vision he’s outlined in his book . We go to the root of the debate over one of our culture’s central building blocks, and reflect on God’s vision for the family and our relationships.

Glenn believes that it’s more important than ever that we as people of faith walk out a balance of grace and truth as we deal with these key issues. What are God’s rules and ethics on sexual boundaries?

We glance at the numerous benefits that stem from marriage between a man and a woman. Secular anthropologists have observed relationships all across the world. Every culture they’ve studied has a central relationship that’s analogous to marriage. It regulates sexuality and forms the bedrock of children’s growth to adulthood. It also socializes men.

So knowing these key truths, can we disagree on certain convictions, yet still get along? Is it a matter of finding a sort of neutral ground with LGBT friends and neighbors? How can we seek understanding? Glenn believes that listening is one of the vital first steps. You don’t always agree with your family members, but you are still a family. You can get along in spite of disagreement. That’s the model for these relationships. Loving your neighbor isn’t contingent upon agreeing with him or her.

Another helpful suggestion that Glenn offers is to attempt to understand what motivates your neighbor or friend.

What about the question that continues to feature prominently in headlines and discussion – should we attend a gay wedding for someone we love? Are there alternatives that would allow us to show that we care?

Highlight: The heart of marriage

Love in the midst of disagreement